David Eyre's Pancake

November 9, 2010

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: This recipe comes from The Essential New York Times Cookbook, and appeared in the Times in 1966. Forty years later, readers are still making the pancake with no less bliss. What keeps cooks faithful to one recipe is often some confluence of ease and surprise. Eyre’s pancake possesses both. A batter of flour, milk, eggs, and nutmeg is blended together, then poured into a hot skillet filled with butter and baked. Anyone confused? I didn’t think so. The surprise comes at the end, when you open the oven door to find a poufy, toasted, utterly delectable-looking pancake. It soon collapses as you shower it with confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice, slice it up and devour it. It’s sweet and tart, not quite a pancake and not quite a crepe. But lovable all the same.

Cooking Notes: Don’t overmix the batter, or the pancake will be tough—a few lumps are fine. This is the moment to call your well-seasoned iron skillet into service.
Amanda Hesser

Serves: 2 to 4
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 25 min


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons (one half stick) of unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
In This Recipe


  1. Heat oven to 425° F. Combine the flour, milk, eggs, and nutmeg in a bowl. Beat lightly. Leave the batter a little lumpy.
  2. Melt the butter in a 12-inch skillet with a heatproof handle. When it is very hot, pour in the batter. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the pancake is golden brown.
  3. Sprinkle with the sugar and return briefly to the oven. Sprinkle with lemon juice, and serve with jelly, jam, or marmalade.

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Reviews (188) Questions (4)

188 Reviews

BobbiS January 12, 2019
This recipe is definitely a keeper! This is a very simple recipe that will be added to my Christmas breakfast dishes. I made it this morning and my husband (Who is not especially fond of pancakes) thought it was delicious.
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Amanda H. January 13, 2019
Makes me so happy when I see people trying this recipe for the first time!
Selene D. July 27, 2018
Easy and delicious! Win win. Loved it.
Michele K. July 25, 2018
I double this recipe if I'm using a 12-inch skillet. The original one I saw used a 10-inch skillet for the basic single recipe. This is a family favorite and can also be poured over thinly sliced apples. After melting the butter in the pan, I core and peel and cut apples 1/8" thick on a mandolin slicer, then overlap the slices in a circle. Pour in the batter, sprinkle the top with cinnamon sugar, and off you go.
Daisy December 30, 2018
Do you then bake it a little longer? I guess you can tell by how it looks when it's done, right?
Rastus F. July 1, 2018
Been making these for years as well. I've known them as Dutch Babies or German Pancakes. Either way, they're great.
Bob Q. June 22, 2018
Could you do these like PopOvers...using a large circumference muffins pan? Think I'll give it a try this weekend.
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Amanda H. June 22, 2018
I've wondered the same but haven't tried it -- let me know how it goes. Would be a great variation!
Clare G. May 13, 2017
I've been making this for years - love it - easy, elegant and oh so tasty!!
Shalini March 18, 2017
Just made it again this morning after a long time. Look at little Addie in this picture!
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Amanda H. March 18, 2017
Thanks for reminding me of this photo -- she was really into frilly things then, and now she's all about dark blues and hoodies!
MARNA May 7, 2016
I used to make this all the time when my kids were little. Forgot about it. I got the recipe from a show that Dinah Shore had. She said it was an "old family recipe".
Liz January 1, 2016
Delicious. I also grew up on this.
Sort of like the sweetened version of the British Yorkshire pudding.
Celadon D. August 18, 2015
Love this pancake—the way it puffs up without any leavening agent. Also known as Dutch Baby pancake. Works best in a well-seasoned cast iron pan.
frajil July 20, 2015
I have been making this since I had it at 162 Spring Street Bar & Restaurant on West Broadway (1971, Soho NYC). I serve it as dessert with fresh strawberries and rhubarb whipped cream.
BethA July 19, 2015
Delish! We used rice milk due to lactose avoidance, and it turned out nice and crisp around the edges, and thin and tender inside. Kind of like a cross between crepes and pancakes. Less "eggy" flavor than another dutch baby recipe I tried simultaneously. Oh, and I forgot the nutmeg, soI just sprinkled on top before it went in the oven. Turned out wonderful.
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Amanda H. July 19, 2015
Good to know it works with rice milk. Wonder if it would do well with almond milk? May try it. Thanks for your comment!
BethA January 13, 2019
I made it this with Lactose-free 2% milk this time (eg ‘Lactaid’ brand), and it was delicious. My oven wasn’t quite ready when I put it in; it turned out great nonetheless.
andrea P. July 15, 2015
My mom made this for us all the time when we were little. It was magical to watch the pancake puff up in the oven and the whole house smelled sweet and lemony. Thanks for bringing those memories back!
cocos C. June 29, 2015
This delicious dish has become a weekend tradition at our house. Using a cast iron skillet really took it over the top. I would eat it every day if there were less butter involved, but it's a great treat as it is!
Tara C. June 17, 2015
Delicious & SO easy!! Love how it's crusty & soft!!! My problem is this recipe is just too small of a serving for my family!! Only have one ovenproof skillet & I see someone doubled recipe & used a large glass dish. Trying this tomm with leftover soup!!!
Lea November 15, 2015
I have 6 kiddos and I have the same issue. But, I have mastered a quad recipe in a stainless sell steamer tray, much to my kiddos delight. Also does fine in glass or SS 9x13 pans. Just be sure to err an the side of too little batter when using anything but cast iron.
Betsy B. June 2, 2015
This looks like a dutch baby!
LizCo77 April 12, 2015
I made this with a mixture of almond flour and tapioca flour to move it into the gluten free zone, and it was awesome! My husband and I shared it, and he immediately asked if we could make another one. Thank you!
Rie March 6, 2015
I made this one 2 weeks ago. I was out of milk and I used homemade almond milk instead. It was delicious!!
I will make this again tomorrow.
Thanks for sharing this recipe.
June T. January 20, 2015
I used this recipe years ago misplaced it and glad to find it. When I made the pancake I made a topping using sour cream, butter, powdered sugar, and lemon. Cream the powdered sugar and butter to taste, add sour cream and lemon. Pour on pancake.
Lauren K. January 20, 2015
That topping sounds amazing -- what a great idea!
Sara B. January 18, 2015
When I read this I went to my recipe box that is about fifty years old and pulled out the recipe in my handwriting with the same title. It has been a favorite all of this time. Last year I developed a savory version with cheese and cooked crumbled bacon that was yummy.
Eydie D. January 18, 2015
Hi Sara. That sounds amazing. I'd love the recipe! Will you share?