Savory Herbed Parmesan Dutch Baby

May 12, 2017
Golden, crunchy, and covered in a salty layer of baked Parmesan, this savory herbed Dutch Baby has a crisp outer crust and a soft, cheesy, custardy center

Happy Friday!

What are you up to this weekend?  We're ..

Harry – May, 2017

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looking forward to Mother's Day

With picture perfect weather forecast for Iowa .. the puppies and I are planning a road trip to visit my son and his family.  There's nothing like a day filled with podcasts .. the wind in your fur .. and the people you love.  I'm excited to see their farmer's market .. have a picnic at the park .. and feel my grandson's whispers in my ear

Of course, a pot of miso soup might be in order (their favorite) .. along with capturing some new pictures for my office

This week .. as I was adding a few photos of Little Z to his memorial .. I couldn't help but think

There's no shortage of photos of the events in our lives:  birthday parties .. family visits .. trips to the apple orchard.  But it's the everyday moments I want to remember .. the days that smell like strawberry puffs and innocence.  The days that are full of life and hope and dreams.  The days of hair in a pony tail .. an unmade bed .. and a to-do list that's been abandoned

The real everyday beauty

As I pressed his photo to my chest .. I realized that particular moment could have passed

We could have come up with a million excuses to press on .. just one more email .. laundry zero.  But we didn't.  And now I'm so, so, so grateful for the photos.  Another gentle reminder from this sweet, sweet soul .. that the days (and our lists) are long.  But the years are short.  They're fleeting ,, and strung together by only the moments we choose to create

This Mother's Day weekend .. we're choosing play over productivity.  Something tells me that by the time it's through .. our lists will still be laying on the kitchen counter .. but our hearts will be very .. full indeed

I wish all of the mothers who are reading .. the happiest of Mother's Days.  Thank-you for who you are .. and all that you do

Golden, crunchy, and covered in a salty layer of baked Parmesan, this savory herbed Dutch Baby has a crisp outer crust and a soft, cheesy, custardy centerGolden, crunchy, and covered in a salty layer of baked Parmesan, this savory herbed Dutch Baby has a crisp outer crust and a soft, cheesy, custardy centerGolden, crunchy, and covered in a salty layer of baked Parmesan, this savory herbed Dutch Baby has a crisp outer crust and a soft, cheesy, custardy center

Dutch Babies .. aka big poufy pancakes served hot out the oven with their loft still intact.  Call it a Dutch baby, Dutch puff, or German pancake as my do my grandfather's old recipe clippings.  They're a satisfying and dramatic meal that's ridiculously easy to make.

When the kids were little .. I alternated between regular pancakes and dutch babies for them on Sunday mornings.  One partial to maple syrup .. the other lemon and powder sugar.  They were a sweet start to the day.

This recipe is different and far more in line with the way my husband and I eat now.  Turning the basic puffed pancake formula into something savory, cheesy, herby and peppery.  A recipe for the salt-toothed of the world (those who reach for potato chips instead of a cookie)

Instead of sugar .. the focus is on eggs and cheese.  A Yorkshire pudding meets a gougère meets a supersize popover.  Crisp on the outside .. steamy and custardy on the inside.  It’s coated with grated Parmesan that crisps up into a lacy .. crunchy surface as it bakes

One could serve this savory Dutch baby for brunch .. with maybe a side of fruit to balance the richness.  It would also be a wonderful lunch with a salad on the side.  Yet it's cozy and  impressive as a light supper .. perhaps served alongside a big pot of soup and a glass of wine

For something completely unexpected .. make it for your next diner party.  Time it so you can pull it out of the oven once everyone’s about one drink in.  Offer it up and let everyone tear it apart with their hands (have napkins at the ready)

Puffed .. browned .. and elegant ..  it's as much a conversation piece as it is an hors d’oeuvre

Enjoy!

xoxo

~ Adapted from Dinner by Melissa Clark

5.0 from 13 reviews
Savory Herbed Parmesan Dutch Baby
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
  • fine grain sea salt + freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 eggs (large or XL)
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine + more for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped fine + more for garnish
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • ¾ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • flaky sea salt (for garnish)
  • Sriracha and/or lemon wedges for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 deg F
  2. In a large bowl, add the flour, a strong pinch of sea salt, and a grind or two of freshly ground black pepper. Whisk to combine
  3. In a separate bowl, add the eggs and milk. Whisk to combine
  4. Add the eggs to the flour mix and whisk until just combined.
  5. Stir in the thyme and chives
  6. Over medium-high heat, add the butter to a 12-inch cast-iron (or other oven safe) skillet, and allow it to melt.
  7. Continue to cook, whisking occasionally, until the butter has browned and smells nutty (~ 5-7 min); then swirl it around in the skillet until the the sides and bottom of the pan are coated
  8. Pour the batter into the skillet, and scatter the Parmesan cheese and flaky sea salt over the top
  9. Bake until the Dutch baby has puffed and is golden (~ 20-25 min)
  10. ** Note: Baking it a little less gives a softer interior though less rise; baking it little more gives you more puff and a drier interior; both ways are wonderful
  11. Serve immediately, garnished with thyme, chives, and (optionally) Sriracha and/or lemon wedges on the side

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57 Comments

  • Reply Kim May 12, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Oh! My other half would love this, I’m going to have to add it to my meal plan! Seems fairly simple to make too, so I’m excited!

  • Reply Becca Talbot May 12, 2017 at 4:22 am

    I love your description of the everyday moments Alison, I too take millions of pictures of everyday things, to help jog the memories. As for Dutch Babies, I’d never heard of these, but the photos you’ve posted have me salivating! Mmmmm, what I’d give for one of these right now! x

  • Reply Chelsea Elizabeth May 12, 2017 at 4:28 am

    I love your photo’s Alison. This looks so appetising! I’d definitely try this with some yummy wedges as a side

  • Reply Kate | Veggie Desserts May 12, 2017 at 4:29 am

    This savoury dutch baby looks sooooo good. Have a great time on your road trip!

  • Reply Alli Smith May 12, 2017 at 4:58 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a savory dutch baby. This is perfect for my since I don’t like to start my day with sugary foods. This would also be good for dinner.

  • Reply Jenny May 12, 2017 at 5:47 am

    I’ve never seen one of these before but it looks perfect for a dinner party!

  • Reply StressedMum May 12, 2017 at 6:52 am

    I have never heard of this before, but I really need to try it, this is my kind of comfort food, I hope you have an amazing Mothers Day x

  • Reply candy May 12, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Always surprised people haven’t heard of dutch baby recipes. They are so easy to make and the key is you must have a cast iron skillet.

  • Reply Amber Myers May 12, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Oo I’ve never had this before, but I certainly would try it. It looks so delicious!

    I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day–your dog is precious!

  • Reply Jenni May 12, 2017 at 8:34 am

    This lools amazing! I have pinned this for later to try 🙂

  • Reply Tamara May 12, 2017 at 9:24 am

    I really like poufy pancakes. And I really like your blog. Did I mention that? I tend to tell a lot of personal stories with my recipes. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a savory Dutch Baby but I’d prefer it. Someone once made me a sweet one with syrup!

  • Reply Crystal Lopez May 12, 2017 at 10:31 am

    What an amazing dish! I have honestly never made these or even thought of them for breakfast but they look delicious! I love the combinations in this savory dish because sometimes we just need something that isn’t too sweet! Must try!

  • Reply Mars May 12, 2017 at 10:48 am

    That is to die for! I’m actually craving for it right now. And your doggy is really handsome.

  • Reply Akamatra May 12, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Yet another one of your recipes I am drooling over! And what a happy dog you have there!!!!

  • Reply Sarah Bailey May 12, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Have an amazing time taking a road trip with the pups to see your son! I hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day as well.

  • Reply Ana Ojha May 12, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    First of all Allison, wish you a great mother’s day weekend with your family! I’m drooling over the pictures of your Savory Herbed Parmesan Dutch Baby. It looks so tempting and super delicious!

  • Reply Sarah May 12, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I’ve never heard of a Dutch Baby before but it looks amazing!!

  • Reply Jenn May 12, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Interesting. I’ve never heard of this before. I do love savory, and Parmesan, so I’ll have to give this a try.

  • Reply Louise May 12, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Ooh, this looks absolutely delicious. I think I’d love it. Will definitely have to give making it a go 🙂

    Louise x

  • Reply Elizabeth May 12, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    This looks like a great recipe! I can think of a few of my family members who’d love this.

  • Reply Rose Cottrill May 12, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Oh my, I am drooling just by looking at it. It looks so delicious! I am glad you shared your recipe.

  • Reply Katie May 12, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    This looks soooo good, hadn’t heard of it before! Happy Mothers Day, have a lovely weekend x

  • Reply Lynzy & Co May 12, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    This looks insanely delicious. I am totally going to have to try and make this. Soooooooo yummy!

  • Reply Dawn McAlexander May 12, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    This looks so tasty. I have never heard of a dutch baby before, but it looks good enough to devour. I am all about some good breads and cakes like this. I would love to try it.

  • Reply Chloe May 12, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day! This recipe looks divine <3

  • Reply Lisa Favre May 12, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    This is SO a dish that my entire family would truly appreciate. You totally had me at parmesan and this recipe includes the perfect amount of it.

  • Reply Roch May 13, 2017 at 12:47 am

    I love the how that crunchy surface sounds. This looks like the ideal recipe for appetizers, something that will get the right conversation going. It’s also light for brunch.

  • Reply Anosa May 13, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Happy Mother’s Day and hope you have a lovely one because if this poufy pancake is any indication lots of wonderful memories will be made.

  • Reply The London Mum May 13, 2017 at 9:48 am

    It looks delicious! I’d seriously love to try them.

  • Reply Helen May 13, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like a Dutch baby but it looks and sounds delicious. (Anything cheesy always gets my vote!) I’ll definitely give this a go myself.

  • Reply David Elliott May 13, 2017 at 11:25 am

    First, this looks amazing. Second, I have done these before but I did them as a sweet pastry and not so much a savory one…. but you give me ideas here. And finally, it reminds me I really need to find my cast iron skillet. I miss that thing.

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor May 13, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    This savory herb and parmesan dutch baby sounds and looks delicious. I actually have never made one so I will have to try this recipe. Thanks for shairng the recipe.

  • Reply Rhian Westbury May 14, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Hope you had a great Mother’s Day, this recipe looks really yummy x

  • Reply MELANIE EDJOURIAN May 14, 2017 at 11:20 am

    I haven’t heard of these before but it looks and sounds fabulous. I do love sweet and savoury pancakes and this would be something exciting to try once I can get some of those herbs in.

  • Reply Love You Wedding May 14, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Looks like a really tasty dish! I have never had one like this before so that alone is reason enough for me to make one. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Reply lisalisa May 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I’ve never seen nor heard of a Dutch baby pancake before. You have pique my interest now and I want to try out this recipe. Thanks, your pictures are “Awesome”!!

  • Reply Lynne Harper May 14, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    This looks incredible and something i might be able to make myself, love the selection of pictures as well 🙂 thanks for sharing x

  • Reply Joanna May 14, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    It’s interesting how different countries have different dates for Mother’s Day. In my country this date is the 8th of March. The Dutch baby pancake is definitely a treat for such an occasion.

  • Reply Steph May 14, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Loving the dog picture. I’ve not heard of a Dutch puff before. Looks like something I would like x

  • Reply Georgiana Quaint May 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    I like this idea for a pancake/omelette and it has some parmesan cheese too, which means it cannot go wrong. Any food with parmesane is instantly 100 % better! 😀

  • Reply Stephanie Usher May 14, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Everyday beauty is really important! I’m trying really hard this year to capture the little moments! xx

  • Reply Agnes May 14, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Your food pictures always make me hungry, this looks delicious! It would be nice to serve this with brunch for sure.

  • Reply Tanya Brannan May 14, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    I can honestly say I have never heard of a Dutch Baby but I am so glad that you have introduced me to it! I love pancakes of all kinds, sweet or savoury and I have yet to meet a cheese I don’t like. I am planning to try this out at the weekend for my family xx

  • Reply Lillian Stathopoulos May 14, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing. I’ve never heard of a Dutch Baby before, but I’ll definitely be adding it to my list of things to try this summer. My mouth is watering as I type this!

  • Reply Angie Rose May 14, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    This post instantly made me hungry. Then it made me smile when I saw Harry! Please give him a nice head pet or belly scratch for me. I’ve never made this dish before, but now I must try it!

  • Reply Stephanie May 15, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Mouth watering post! I never tasted dutch baby before. But, I would like to try it, especially during the dinner.

  • Reply Cheryl May 15, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I still can’t believe I’ve never tried a Dutch Baby, but this one looks so yummy and delicious 🙂 And I love anything with cheese!

  • Reply Kiwi May 15, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I never had a dutch baby before. I love the name but it sounds flavorful!

  • Reply Mommy Peachy May 15, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day! I haven’t tried making Dutch Baby but this just looks divine! I love it.

  • Reply Bites for Foodies May 16, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I make pancakes all the time, and also consider myself to be a knowledgeable home chef however, I’ve never heard of these! They’re on my list of things to make this weekend.

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus May 16, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    How did mothers day go? I hope that it was good! I love the sound of this herbed Parmesan dish it sounds divine mmm x

  • Reply sonali jain May 17, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I never heard of dutch baby recipes, but they looks delicious. pics are really good 🙂

  • Reply Laur dove May 17, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I have never heard of this before but it looks delicious! Your photos are gorgeous, im going to try this!

  • Reply Whitney Abigail May 17, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    I’ve never heard of Dutch Baby before but this recipe looks fabulous. Hope you had a great mother’s day!

  • Reply [email protected] May 18, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Omg! This looks so divine. I have never heard of a dutch baby before but now that you introduced me I will definitely have to give it a try.

  • Reply Marina Rosie May 22, 2017 at 9:21 am

    These look and sound wonderful Alison, so this is definitely something I’m going to HAVE to try! x Harry is the most adorable thing by the way! x
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie xx

  • Reply Mel June 5, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Your Dutch Baby looks so so good! I would love it with a large salad

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