How did I come to make a Dutch Baby? 😛
Well, I was looking to make something simple for our brunch and at that time, I was browsing at Lana of Never Enough Thyme’s blog. A name caught my attention – Dutch Baby Pancake..

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Well, Lana did a search for it and this is what she found on Wikipedia:

According to Sunset magazine, Dutch babies were introduced in the first half of the 1900s at Manca’s Cafe, a family-run restaurant in Seattle owned by Victor Manca. While these pancakes are derived from a German pancake dish, it is said that the name Dutch baby was coined by one of Victor Manca’s daughters. It is thought by some that the “Dutch” moniker refers to the group of German-American immigrants known as the Pennsylvania Dutch, where “Dutch” is a corruption of the German ”deutsch.”

Dutch Baby Pear “PanCake” – this is my adapted version of Lana’s Dutch Baby Pancake using a Pyrex rectangular casserole dish. Lana’s version’s more “pancakey”-like and mine’s more “cakey”-like.. 🙂


  • 4 eggs
  • 240ml or 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup or 100g flour
  • 4 tbsp + 2 tbsp butter, divided or separated
  • 3 tbsp sugarcane or granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pear, peeled, halved, cored and thinly sliced (or 1 apple)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1½-2 tbsp confectioner’s sugar, to sprinkle



    Serves 3-4
    Prep time 10 mins
    Cook time 35 mins
    Total time 45 mins
total time


  1. Preheat fan-assisted oven to 170C or oven 190C.
  2. Add eggs, milk, flour, 4 tbsp melted butter, sugar and vanilla to a blender. Blend until well mixed.  (I used a hand blender and a jug.)
  3. Melt remaining 2 tbsp butter in a oven-proof/safe pyrex dish and add pear slices and stir to coat with butter.
  4. Pour in batter and transfer immediately to preheated oven.
  5. Cook for abt 35 mins or till edges have puffed up and are golden brown. Remove from oven.
  6. Sprinkle with lemon juice and dust with confectioner’s sugar. Serve immediately.

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I usually don’t go for pancakes or cakes that are sweet but I did enjoy this very much. It was soft, custardy and very light – delish..

For a step-by-step pictorial preparation, please go to:  Lana’s Dutch Baby Pancake.

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