Cast Iron

Kamut Dutch Baby with Strawberries and Thyme

May  7, 2018
4 Stars
Photo by Ty Mecham
Author Notes

"First, put the Dutch baby on your brunch bucket list. Next, make it whole grain. Better, use golden kamut flour and watch your brunch party swoon. This huge puffy pancake, resembling a giant popover, makes for show—without much effort. A 10-year old can put it together." —MariaSpeck

Test Kitchen Notes

Featured in: Dutch Baby, All Grown Up —The Editors

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 70 grams (about 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon) whole grain kamut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 240 grams (1 cup) whole or low-fat milk
  • 60 grams (3 tablespoons) honey
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, plus 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 15 grams (1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, for the pan
  • 200 grams (about 1 1/2 cups) fresh strawberries, sliced in half or quartered if large
  • 2 teaspoons honey, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for garnish
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Whisk together the flour and salt in a small bowl. Add the milk, honey, zest, and vanilla to a medium bowl and whisk well until the honey is dissolved.
  2. In a large bowl, lightly whisk the eggs to blend. Gradually pour in the milk mixture and whisk vigorously to combine, about 1 minute. Sprinkle the flour mixture across, in a few additions, while gently whisking until smooth; then beat vigorously for about 20 seconds. Cover with plastic wrap or with a plate and set aside for 1 hour. (Or chill overnight; batter may darken. Remove from the fridge when you preheat the oven).
  3. Position a rack in center of oven and place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet on it. Preheat oven to 425° F for about 15 minutes.
  4. Using thick oven mitts, carefully remove the hot skillet. Add the butter and tilt the pan to coat the bottom. Briefly but thoroughly re-combine the batter, whisking vigorously, and pour it into the center of the skillet.
  5. Bake until the pancake puffs up all around, turns light golden brown—and its center is just set, about 17 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, add the berries to a small bowl, drizzle with the honey and 1 teaspoon of the lemon juice. Stir, and set aside for juices to draw.
  7. Have a serving plate at the ready. Carefully remove the skillet, wearing oven mitts. Use a flat spatula to slide the Dutch Baby onto the plate. Immediately add the berries to the center, drizzle on some or all of the remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice and garnish with the thyme. Dust thickly with confectioners’ sugar, cut into wedges, and serve at once.

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Maria Speck is the author of Simply Ancient Grains and Ancient Grains for Modern Meals (both by Ten Speed Press). Her work has received multiple awards, including a Julia Child and an M.F.K. Fisher cookbook award. Raised in Germany and Greece, Maria is a veteran journalist and food writer with a lifelong passion for whole grains.

2 Reviews

judy August 2, 2021
I did a lot with Dutch Baby pancakes this past winter. They are very versatile, Can use a variety of flours, so don't get hung up on gamut if you do not have it. they are very easy. and can be sweet or savory. And the batter can be made ahead. Not just an hour, but several days if need be! Most of us have used them for sweet desserts or breakfasts with fruit. But they make a great substitute for crepes, and are WAY easier to make. I like adding some herbs or spices to the batter that compliment what filing I am going to make: cardamom, mace, cinnamon, anise, etc, for sweets. But how about curry powder with chicken curry topping, my favorite, or dill and cardamom for Swedish meatballs, or as a catchall for mushroom ragout? I found that I could make this pancake in an 8x8 baking pan preheated in the oven, with some butter melted in the pan just before adding the batter. Get 4 servings on which to put all those lovely toppings? My reason for the 8x8'pan? I live in a small studio apartment and my oven is a toaster oven, for which a frying pan with a handle will not fit! (Try Fat Daddio pans--they have no non-stick coating, but are virtually non-stir-or just need a pit fo soaking to come clean, heat evenly, and come in a HUGE range of shapes and sizes; they also clean up beautifully). And, did I say, so much easier than crepes.....
 
Author Comment
MariaSpeck August 2, 2021
Hi Judy, happy to hear that you've had success using an 8x8 inch pan. Indeed, these oven-baked pancakes are incredibly versatile, both savory and sweet. Thank you for writing!