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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.....
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!
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