Friday, March 29, 2019

Vintage Recipe: German Oven Pancake (Dutch Baby)

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 

If you've been around cast iron for very long, you've probably heard of, seen or even made an Oven pancake similar to this one (also called a Dutch Baby or German Pancake).

Some of the recipes I've seen have sugar added. This one does not. You can make it sweet simply by topping it with powdered sugar, jelly or jam (as suggested in the recipe), berries and whipped cream, or maple syrup.

Or make it a savory dish and serve it with sausage gravy, shrimp in a cream sauce, a blend of buttered veggies, or a poached egg.

The key to getting the "puff" is whipping it a lot which is achieved in a blender. You can also use an electric mixer but be sure to really whip air into it.

You'll see in the recipe, this  oven pancake only calls for 2 eggs. It is fine for 2 people with average appetites, especially when serving it with other other items. However, The Boy could have eaten this whole thing by himself with no problem (and then asked for more).

This recipe for an Oven Pancake, was handwritten on both sides of an index card. It was found in an old large recipe file box. The age of the recipe card is unknown.

See more recipes from this collection!

The original recipe has been scanned and is transcribed below. It can be printed for use in your own home kitchen. Enjoy!

Please Note: Every effort has been made to transcribe these old recipe cards completely and accurately. Many have faded, are stained, or simply do not include every step or tool used in the process. We have changed the wording in some places and added instruction in others to make the text a bit clearer. We do not test or verify all the information found on these old cards. If you choose use the information found here, please know that you do so at your own risk.

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Oven Pancake

Also commonly called a German Oven Pancake or Dutch Baby


  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1 pinch Nutmeg
  • 4 Tbs. Butter (1/2 stick)
  • 2 Tbs. Powdered Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Jam or Jelly


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In blender, combine eggs, milk, flour and nutmeg. Mix lightly.
  3. Melt butter in a 12" oven-safe skillet (cast iron works very well). When it is very hot, pour the batter into the pan.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes until puffed up and brown.
  5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  6. Return briefly to oven.
  7. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
  8. Serve with jam or jelly.


Serves 2 generously with a side of bacon or sausage. Would serve 4 with eggs and bacon or sausage.
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