Dutch Baby with Caramelized Cherries

By • June 23, 2010 • 38 Comments



Author Notes: Dutch Babies (aka German Pancakes) make for very happy breakfasts. It's at once fluffy and custardy, and in no time at all you've whipped up a lovely little breakfast for four! The caramelized cherries are bright and beautiful with the pancake. I especially savor the moment when you pour the pancake batter on top of the cherries and the two swirl together in a most delightful fashion. - arielleclementinearielleclementine

Food52 Review: I've always thought sweet cherries were best eaten raw, while their sour counterparts belonged in pies, jam, and other baked goods. This recipe has me second-guessing my convictions. The cherries, tart from lemon and slicked with butter, bathe in a sauce so shiny and tasty, I'll probably make a double batch of it to jar. The vanilla is the batter gives it the sweet scent it needs without any added sugar, making it the perfect complement to the fruit beneath. - RivkaA&M

Serves 4

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cups whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2/3 cups flour
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add brown sugar, cherries, and a squeeze of juice from half a lemon and stir to combine. Simmer until the cherries have released some juice, and the sauce is thick and shiny, about 5 minutes.
  3. While the cherries are caramelizing, place the eggs, milk, vanilla, salt, and flour in a blender and blend for 30 seconds on low speed. Increase the speed to high and blend for one minute more.
  4. Pour the batter on top of the cherries and transfer to the preheated oven. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the cherry juices are bubbling happily. Serve immediately with a simple dusting of powdered sugar.

Tags: sweet

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5 months ago jen

Okay Ladies and Gents. Instead of using vanilla extract in the recipe, use almond extract to the batter. So good...sooo good!

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almost 4 years ago Midge

Oh, I would be so happy to find this on my breakfast table.

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almost 4 years ago arielleclementine

hooray! thank you, Midge!

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almost 4 years ago gbuda

This would be best with fresh fruit, however, winter is coming and I found substituting a 15 ounce can of pie filling fruit for the first four ingredients made an acceptable filling. However, I did use a couple tablespoons of butter to coat the bottom and sides of the skillet before warming up the can of fruit.

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almost 4 years ago arielleclementine

what a fantastic tip! thanks, gbuda! sidenote- i grew up in a town called Buda in Texas!

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about 4 years ago coffeefoodwritergirl

These look very very very very yummy! Can't wait to try them!=)

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almost 4 years ago arielleclementine

a very belated thank you, coffeefoodwritergirl!

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about 4 years ago Aliwaks

Oh my god that looks incredible!

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almost 4 years ago arielleclementine

thanks so much Aliwaks :)

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about 4 years ago chezbeth

Great recipe! Added a dollop of Greek yogurt on top for serving! Um, good.

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

thanks, chezbeth! the greek yogurt sounds perfect- a nice way to cut the sweetness a bit!

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about 4 years ago slulibby

fluffy fruity pancakes? yes, please!

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

hooray! thank you! and many congrats on your delicious looking fool! i also like your wedding fool joke ;)

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about 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

How great to see you back here with your wonderful recipes and great spirit - welcome back 'home'! I love this one and I just happen to have 2 bags of cherries in my frig I really must do something with.....

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

yahoo! thanks, ChezSuzanne! you guys are so awesome- i heart food52 :)

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about 4 years ago cheese1227

You're back! I've missed your postings. This one looks awesome!

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

thanks, friend! your clafoutis is just lovely!

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about 4 years ago thirschfeld

very very nice. I have a couple of pounds of cherries and I think this will be tomorrows breakfast. Great photo too.

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

thanks, thirschfeld! i hope you like it :)

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about 4 years ago AntoniaJames

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Our blueberries are ripening now . . . I bet this would be heavenly with blueberries, instead!! (Much easier to prepare, too. Just pick, wash, and use.) ;o)

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

haha- yes that does sound wonderful! and much easier- my hands were stained for a while from removing the pits from those cherries. thank you!

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about 4 years ago melissav

Beautiful recipe and picture!

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

hooray! thanks, melissav!

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about 4 years ago lapadia

YUM, welcome back even though I didn't know you were MIA...the more the merrier!!!

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

thanks, lapadia! it's good to be back :)

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about 4 years ago aargersi

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This looks GREAT - have never heard of a Dutch Baby but YUM. Where were you?

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

hey sweet girl! thank you! these are our busy months at work, but everything is settling back to normal now, which means, happily, more time in the kitchen :)

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about 4 years ago Rivka

Yes yes yes. One of my all-time favorite brunch dishes. Welcome back!

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

thank you, rivka! i only learned about dutch babies a year or so ago after a girlfriend whipped one up for breakfast after a bachelorette slumber party. it was so puffy and fun!

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

thanks for the lovely review! i'm so happy you liked it :)

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about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Hello hello! Hope you've been up to something fun! By the looks of this recipe, it seems you have!

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about 4 years ago arielleclementine

oh mrslarkin! thank you! i've actually been working a lot, but things are slowing down now so i have time to cook again, hooray!

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about 4 years ago drbabs

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Welcome back, arielleclementine, with a great recipe!

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

thank you, drbabs! happy to be back again!

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about 4 years ago dymnyno

I love dutch babies...I have one on Food52 that I have used for 30 years! I like the idea of mixing the cherries into the batter.

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

your Henry Thiele's Pancake II is a beauty! i love the classic with lemon and sugar :) as you can see from the picture, the cherries stopped this from puffing up as much as a normal dutch baby, but it still tasted pretty nice!

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about 4 years ago monkeymom

Oh baby, I'm going to make this first chance I get. Happy to see you back!

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

yahoo! thanks, monkeymom! it's good to be back :)