Wow the kids this weekend and make them breakfast! Breakfast together as a family has become a weekend tradition in our home. And making it a tradition in yours doesn’t have to take up an entire morning, dirty the kitchen, or stretch your wallet. These easy-prep, easy-bake, and easy-clean German Pancakes are tasty, filling, and simple to make.
Mornings are so crazy around our house that it’s not uncommon for Dad and Mom to skip breakfast entirely. Although the kids always find something to eat, breakfast can be mundane. And while cold cereal can offer some variety, cutting cereal out of your diet is an easy way to eat healthier and stretch your budget.
So, fruit, eggs, and oatmeal are really the only breakfast options at our house, unless it’s the weekend. A slow Saturday or Sunday morning is the perfect time to diversify your breakfast habits and to take a few minutes to sit down and regroup as a family after a long week or prior to a busy weekend.
These German pancakes are the perfect option for a hot, healthy breakfast, especially for a family on-the-go. They require almost no prep time. And except for sticking them in the oven and taking them out again, they’re an effortless endeavor. Sometimes referred to as “Dutch Babies,” this breakfast dish toasts to a golden brown all on its own before it’s ready to eat.
We’ve combed recipe blogs, cookbooks, and food magazines to improve on this recipe. But in the end, it couldn’t be done! Following this recipe is the simplest way to share a quality breakfast every member of your family will love.
Here is what you need:
2 Tbsp. butter
1 ½ cups milk
¾ cup flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
How To Make It Happen
Preheat your oven to 450° F.
Place butter in a 9 1/2 inch glass pie dish
While the oven heats up, combine milk, flour, eggs, sugar, and salt in a blender in any order.
Pro Tip: Putting the eggs and milk in first will help keep the dry ingredients from sticking to the sides of the blender. Putting the dry ingredients in first, however, will eliminate any of the eggs or milk splashing over the sides of the blender.
Pro Tip: This Kitchen Aid blender has been a game-changer in our kitchen. We didn’t take our blender lightly, and we were willing to pay more for it than almost any other kitchen tool. But we were tired of blenders breaking, smoking, or not being versatile enough. We finally discovered this pro series blender from Kitchen Aid and we will never own anything else.
When the oven has reached 400°, place the glass pie dish holding the butter into the oven to melt.
While the butter melts, blend all ingredients together for 60 seconds on high.
Pro Tip: The longer things blend, the better. You want the mixture to appear frothy. A longer blend time correlates to higher rising pancakes. The kids will love it, and you’ll appreciate the airier texture.
Once the butter is melted, pour the freshly blended batter into the pie dish, and then return the pie dish to the oven to bake for 20 minutes.
Pro Tip: Timing matters here. Don’t let any time pass between blending your ingredients and putting them into the pie dish. You want the batter to be fresh and the pie dish to be hot. You also don’t want the butter to burn. Make sure you finish blending right as you’re ready to pull the melted butter out of the oven.
After 20 minutes, lower the oven temperature to 350°, and bake for 8 more minutes. The pancakes should appear golden brown and should have raised in the middle and around the edges.
Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Pro Tip: Original House of Pancakes serves these with lemon juice and powdered sugar. Cream, berries, and maple syrup are all delightful as well.Print
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