OOOOOH, Baby!

Dutch Baby Pancake with Plum Compote

Ooooooh,Baby, oh,baby!  Dutch Baby, that is.  A puffy, soufflé -like pancake for breakfast, brunch, or anytime at all.  The one I made for a treat recently had my fave fruit in the batter, (peaches) and a stone fruit (plums) compote to spoon on top when served.  This is so fun to make.  I love the way it puffs up in the oven, and then immediately starts to deflate when you take it out.  That’s what its supposed to do–forming a depression in the center that you can fill with all kinds of good things.  Like fruits, jam, syrup, or even sautéed vegetables if serving it as a lunch or dinner entree.

The title given to the recipe I used is Peach Dutch Baby Pancake with Cherry Compote.  I didn’t have, nor could I find, any cherries, so I substituted plums.  A little tart and a little sweet, beautiful pink color,  they worked for me and tasted wonderful.  It occurred to me after tasting it that this compote would make a good topping for ice-cream also.

COMPOTE

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2  3-inch strips lemon peel
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed) cherries (about 1 lb.), stemmed, pitted, halved
  • or substitute an equal amount of another stone fruit, such as plums, nectarines, peaches, apricots

1.  Bring honey, lemon peel and lemon juice plus 1/2 cup water to a boil in a small heavy saucepan.

2.  Add fruit and simmer briskly, stirring occasionally, until sauce is syrupy, about 15 minutes.

3.  Transfer compote to a medium bowl and chill.

4.  To make ahead:  Compote can be made 1 day ahead.  Cover and chill,  Remove lemon peel just before serving.

PANCAKE

  • 4 Tablespoons, ( 1/2 stick ) butter, divided
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2  peaches, halved, pitted, cut in to 1/4″-thick wedges
  • powdered sugar for dusting

1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave;  pour into a blender container.  Add eggs, flour, milk, 1 Tablespoon sugar, vanilla, and salt. Blend batter till smooth;  leave in the blender and set aside.

2.  Heat a 12-inch cast-iron ( or other oven-proof) skillet over medium heat.  Add remaining 2 Tablespoons butter and remaining 2 Tablespoons sugar and cook, stirring constantly, until sugar starts to caramelize, about 2 minutes.

Add peaches to skillet; increase heat to medium-high and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.

3.  Briefly reblend pancake batter.  Pour evenly over peaches and transfer to oven.

4.  Bake pancake until puffed and golden brown all over, 17-20 minutes.

It will deflate as soon as it’s removed from the oven. Dust pancake with powdered sugar and serve immediately.  Serve with compote alongside.

Dutch Baby Pancake with Plum Compote

SOURCE:    Bon Appetit,  August, 2012

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