I haven’t done a cooking blog in quite a while, so thought I would tell you about my latest find in the food department.

It is called a Dutch Baby and is sort of a cross between a German pancake and French toast.

First preheat the oven to 425. Take a cast iron skillet or if you don’t have one, an 8 x 8 pyrex dish and melt half a stick of butter in it. Or less, if that seems like a lot of butter. (I use a half of a stick) and I use I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter.

Now beat four eggs with one cup of milk and one cup of flour. You can do this with a fork or a whip. Let rest a few minutes and whip again.

Or you could make this batter in the blender. Let it rest at least ten minutes.  Now pour this mixture into the pan with the butter. Bake for twenty minutes.

You will have a beautiful browned and puffy ‘pancake’. Be careful when you take the cast iron skillet out of the oven. It is very hot. Use two potholders. And keep the potholder on the handle. Set it on a trivet or a stone counter top. It is pretty impressive.

Dust with powdered sugar and serve with a wedge of lemon and maple syrup. The proper way to eat this is to serve a slice (a big slice), squeeze some lemon juice on top, then maple syrup.

Peter didn’t like the lemon part, so he skipped that and went straight to the maple syrup. And get Real Maple Syrup. It is expensive but the best deal is at Costco, for a pretty big jug. (No comparison to Log Cabin).

If you want to make a Dutch Baby for supper, here is a variation. Take a scissors and cut thin strips from a leek. Rinse the chopped leek in ice water and squeeze out liquid till dry. Saute the leeks in the butter till they are soft. Dice three ounces of ham and add the ham with a little tarragon and salt. Pour in the egg/milk/flour mixture and proceed as above.

Bake for 15-17 minutes and without taking pan from oven, sprinkle one cup of grated sharp cheddar cheese on top and turn oven to broil. Watch carefully.

I haven’t tried it, but if you don’t have any ham, or don’t like it, I guess you could use chopped up cooked chicken or turkey. Even olives/peppers etc, if you want it to be vegetarian.

I think this would make a good dish for Christmas or New Years Day breakfast or supper. Enjoy!

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