Dutch Baby with Fruit Compote

Dutch Baby with Fruit Compote

Dutch Baby with Fruit Compote

Have you ever thought about how many different breakfast foods you can create using just milk, eggs, and flour?  This one is an interesting example.  Especially considering it’s name.

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This baked, puffed egg dish is neither Dutch, nor does it have anything to do with babies.  Sometimes called a German pancake, it has very little to do with Germany, either.  Said to have been invented by German immigrants who settled in this country, and who were referred to as “Deutche”, this is most likely how it got it’s name.  But no matter,  it is delicious whatever name you may give it.

Dutch Baby

Dutch Baby

Another example of this same type of baked item is the pop-over.  Same ingredients, but baked individually in little cups, a popover is generally eaten with dinner, whereas a “dutch-baby” is usually served as a breakfast item with syrup or fruits spooned over it.

Trying to come up with something a little different for a weekend breakfast, I made this recently.  I served it with sliced strawberries and blueberries spooned over it.

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DUTCH BABY WITH FRUIT

Yield:  Serves  4

Milk, eggs, butter and flour, plus a blender makes this easy!!

Milk, eggs, butter and flour, plus a blender makes this easy!!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour,
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. confectioners’ sugar, or to taste
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, or a mixture of blueberries and strawberries

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 425*F.

2.  Blend milk, flour, eggs, vanilla and salt together in a blender until batter is smooth.

3.  Melt the butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet (or other heavy oven-proof skillet)until bubbling;

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Pour batter into the center of the skillet.

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4.  Bake in the oven until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.  Remove from oven and sift the confectioners’ sugar over the top and serve warm with fruit.

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5.  Prepare fruit topping by washing and slicing the berries, picking over the blueberries.  Sprinkle with sugar to taste and add a splash of balsamic vinegar.  Stir to mix and let stand while Dutch Baby bakes.

 

 

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SOURCE:   adapted from AllRecipes.com

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Baked Coconut French Toast with Tropical Fruit Compote

Baked Coconut French Toast with Fruit Compote

Baked Coconut French Toast with Fruit Compote

We are now officially into summer.   The weather is sunny, hot and beautiful; and I’m cooking up something special for our breakfast.  Something with a tropical vibe to it.

What started me down this path was a recent purchase  of a large bag of unsweetened, flaked coconut, (read, large flakes),  by Bob’s Red Mill.  Don’t ask why I bought this when I already have two bags of the standard, sweetened flaked coconut on hand.  In addition, I’m not one to use a lot of coconut, even though we like it, because of my concern for the oil content.  Well, not everything I do always makes perfect sense, so now I must devise ways to use coconut.  Expect to see more recipes featuring coconut popping up in the near future. 😀

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Baked French Toast, a somewhat “showy” breakfast, is really easy for me to serve on a weekend morning.  I assemble it all the evening before, put it in the fridge overnight, and just take it out and bake it in the morning.  While the toast is baking, I put together a fruit mixture, that I’ll loosely call a Tropical Fruit Compote, so you’ll think I really spent a lot of time planning for how this was all going to go together.   😀

The French Toast and fruit mixture complemented each other nicely  and provided a “summery” feeling to a breakfast that we enjoyed eating out on the deck.IMG_4379

BAKED COCONUT FRENCH TOAST

Yield:   Serves 4

For the Toast:

  • 8 slices ( 1/2- inch thick ) diagonally cut Italian bread
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/4 cups coconut milk ( or almond milk)
  • 4 large eggs, or 1 1/4 cups egg substitute
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract ( to increase coconut flavor, use coconut extract)
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut

1.  Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.   Arrange the bread slices snugly in the dish.

2.  Combine the milk, eggs or egg substitute, sugar and vanilla, stirring with a whisk.  Pour evenly over the bread.  Turn the bread slices over to coat evenly.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

3.  Preheat oven to 375*F.  Remove bread mixture from refrigerator, uncover, and turn bread slices over.  Sprinkle evenly with coconut.  Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Sprinkle on coconut before baking.

Sprinkle on coconut before baking.

4.  Bake, uncovered, at 375*F for 30 minutes or until coconut is golden.  Serve warm with fruit compote.

Just out of the oven--smells wonderful!

Just out of the oven–smells wonderful!

For the compote:

Colorful fruits go into the compote.

Colorful fruits go into the compote.

  • 1 mango, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 dark purple plum, pitted and sliced
  • 1 large kiwi, peeled, and sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients.  Cover and chill over night,  or prepare while toast is baking.  Serve alongside the French Toast.

A Tropical Breakfast

A Tropical Breakfast

SOURCE:   Taste of Home

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