Banana Dutch Baby
A Dutch Baby is a popover-like pancake that we love for its taste, but also for the way it looks: a wacky, puffy, surface-of-the-moon-like top that collapses when it comes out of the oven. It’s also called a German pancake, a Bismarck, and a Dutch pancake. Although it’s sometimes made with sautéed apples, it is most commonly made without fruit—not that that stopped us from adding some bananas! Max Suprenant, one of our Kids Advisory Board members, tried it and said, “We love pancakes, so this was the same but more cool!”
Small mixing bowl
Whisk or fork
Large ovenproof skillet
- Turn the oven on and heat it to 425 degrees.
- Put the eggs in the bowl and use the whisk to beat them. Add the milk, flour, and salt and beat until smooth. Set aside.
- Put the skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium. Add the butter and when it is hot, add the bananas, making sure the slices are in a single layer, not crowded on top of one another.
- Drizzle on the maple syrup and sprinkle with the cinnamon. Cook until the bananas are browned and sticky, about 5 minutes.
- Pour the egg mixture over the bananas and cook 1 minute. Carefully, with the help of your adult, move the skillet to the oven and bake until the Dutch Baby is puffy and golden, about 20 minutes.
- Turn the heat off and let the Dutch Baby sit in the oven for 5 minutes. Use the pot holders to take it out and serve right away.
Make it plain: Skip the bananas, and heat the pan until it’s really hot, then add the butter and let it foam up before proceeding with step 5.
Put out a trivet while the Dutch Baby is cooking so you can bring the finished dish right to the table! A trivet is a heatproof stand that protects surfaces from hot pots, pans, and dishes. If you don’t have one, you can use a pot holder instead.