Dutch Baby Pancake

Breakfasts can get tricky in our house. My daughter wakes up and she immediately wants to eat. We can’t make her wait or else she’ll die of starvation – or at least she behaves like she will. We make sure that we always have fruit on hand to feed our Kraken. Once her appetite is satiated, we can get to work with real breakfast.

My daughter is almost two. She loves to help in the kitchen. We have a little step ladder for her so that she can reach the counter. She’s not the most efficient sous chef, but we hope these early experiences helps her develop a love of cooking later in life. You know, so that we don’t have to cook so much.

This recipe requires time to bake, so make sure you have some fruit to appease your little one while you wait. It’s called a Dutch Baby or German Pancake. Serve it with jam, maple syrup or a citrus-infused sugar.

In addition to the prep instructions, I’ve added notes on how our little one helps us out.


1/3 cup sugar

2 teaspoons orange zest


3 large eggs at room temperature

2/3 cup milk at room temperature

2/3 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup butter cut into pieces


1.Stir together sugar and orange zest

You can get your toddler to stir the sugar and zest – with your help of course. You want that sugar on your Dutch Baby later and not on the counter.

2. Put an ovenproof skillet in the middle rack of your oven and preheat to 400 degrees

3. Beat eggs until frothy

After I give the eggs a good beating with a whisk, I give my daughter a turn.

4. Add in milk, flour, vanilla, almond extract, cinnamon and mix until you have a smooth batter

I measure out the ingredients and let her put it in the bowl. After I get a turn mixing, she gets a turn.

5. Add butter to hot skillet and swirl to coat the entire pan

She feels pretty involved at this point so I express how the oven is hot and that her assistance is not required.

6. Add batter and return the skillet to the oven

7. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown

This pancake starts out flat but then it climbs the sides of the pan. It looks and tastes like a giant Yorkshire pudding. We turn on the light in the oven and watch it pop up.

8. Serve with your orange-infused sugar and enjoy!

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