Apples and Autumn: A Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby

Photo by Beverly Wang

Ingredients

  •  2 Tablespoons / 1 oz. butter
  • 2 small apples (use any variety you like), sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (I use My Spice Sage’s Saigon Cinnamon, which is extremely pungent and flavorful, feel free to up this quantity if your cinnamon is more delicate)
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ C / 60g all-purpose flour
  • ½ C / 4 fluid oz. skim milk
  • lemon juice, powdered sugar or maple syrup for topping

As much as I’ve enjoyed the warm weather this summer, I couldn’t be happier that autumn has finally arrived. Fall has always been my favorite season of the year, bringing about the anticipation of a new school year, heralding the changing of colors, the return of the crispness in the twilight air, and the anticipation of the holiday season. With the new crops of apples coming in, I look forward to enjoying them as much as possible.

Today I’m sharing a simple recipe for a Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby to usher in the season, easily prepared in the morning for breakfast or topped with ice cream as a light dessert. Dutch babies, with their high ratio of eggs to flour, are akin to popovers and yorkshire pudding and puff up dramatically in the oven and collapse when cooled, allowing you to top it off with your favorite syrup or just a light dusting of powdered sugar.

cinnamon apple dutch baby / recipe and photos by Beverly Wang for dearestnature.com

cinnamon apple dutch baby / recipe and photos by Beverly Wang for dearestnature.com

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. In a large cast iron skillet (or any oven-proof skillet) over medium heat, melt the butter and add in the sliced apples and sauté for several minutes, until the apples begin to soften. Add in the cinnamon and brown sugar and continue to sauté until the apples are golden brown and the sugar melts and begins to caramelize.

2. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs together and add the flour and milk and whisk until combined. When the apples are softened and covered in a lovely golden brown sauce, pour the batter over the apple mixture and place the skillet into the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the pancake puffs up and is golden brown.

3. Remove the pancake from the oven, sprinkle with lemon juice and powdered sugar generously or top with maple syrup and serve immediately.

cinnamon apple dutch baby / recipe and photos by Beverly Wang for dearestnature.com

About Beverly Wang

Beverly is a web applications developer living in lovely Southern California. When she's not writing code, you'll probably find her in the kitchen or out capturing moments of her daily life with her camera. Never content to sit still, she always finds herself trying to do ten things at once. She believes that good food, made with love and from scratch, is the panacea for all ills.

4 replies on “Apples and Autumn: A Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby

  1. If you make the batter first and let it set for awhile, then you get a more popover type poof. I make this all the time without the fruit. Great idea to try.

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