My Favorite Dutch Baby Puff Pancake Recipe (2024)

If you're thinking, "What IS a Dutch baby?" Don't worry, you're not the only one who's ever asked me that. Whether you call it a puff pancake, German pancake, a Bismarck, or a Dutch puff, it means the same thing: a big, delicious puffy pancake that you bake in the oven! And I'm about to share with you my family-favorite recipe that I think you'll love too.

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For starters, Dutch baby pancakes taste SO good.

They're sweet, buttery, and almost melt in your mouth. On top of that, they are sooo easy to make! They only require a few ingredients, most of which you likely already have in your kitchen. Win, win, win!

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Dare I say, I think they're even easier than traditional pancakes, because you don't have to stand there worrying about flipping times, etc.

Not to say classic pancakes aren't AWESOME, too (I have my best classic pancake recipe here).

But Dutch baby pancakes are their own, delightful thing and you NEED to try them!

What to Put on Your Dutch Baby Puffed Pancake

You can put pretty much whatever you'd like on your puff pancakes.

Start with what you'd put on regular pancakes, and go from there. I really like to top mine just with a bit of powdered sugar and syrup. But some days, jam on top is all I want!

They're also great with a drizzle of Nutella, or berries, or lemon juice...mmm! (Speaking of lemon juice, in 2021 I added a lemon Dutch baby recipe to my site! Find it here: Vanilla and Lemon Dutch Baby Pancake)

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My Favorite Dutch Baby Puff Pancake Recipe

Dutch baby puff pancakes are so easy to make and only require a few ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!

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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Cook Time 14 minutes mins

Course Breakfast

Servings 4 pieces

Calories 207 kcal


  • 3 large eggs
  • 2.5 tablespoon butter melted, 0.5 tablespoon used to grease the skillet
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or more, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat your oven to 450F. Place the skillet in the oven to heat it up while the oven warms.

  • Melt 2.5 tablespoon of butter in the microwave.

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk three eggs. Add flour, milk, sugar, salt, and vanilla, and 2 tablespoon of the melted butter. Whisk until well-combined, or combine in a food processor for an even smoother result.*

    Drizzle the remaining half tablespoon of the melted butter into the hot skillet until the surface is greased.

    Pour the batter into the hot, buttered skillet.

  • Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes, or until the dutch baby is puffy*, and slightly golden brown on top.

    Serve with powdered sugar, syrup, or your other favorite pancake toppings.


*If you have time, let the batter rest in the blender or mixing bowl for about 20 minutes and you'll get an even better result! But if you're tight on time, it'll still turn out great.

**It will deflate pretty quickly — this is normal!


Calories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 7gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 213mgPotassium: 109mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 474IUCalcium: 55mgIron: 1mg

Keyword dutch baby, puff pancake

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By the way, I usually cut this into four pieces, so technically it could be four servings. That being said, I usually eat two of the pieces at a time! Especially if I'm not combining it with veggie sausage or some other tasty breakfast food.

And that's that! I hope you love it! Please let me know how it turns out if you decide to make it and which toppings you choose.

If you're hopping on the puff pancake/Dutch baby bandwagon, you HAVE to give my Caramelized Pear Dutch Baby a try too! Find the recipe right here.

Vegetarian Brunch Recipe Ideas

For other vegetarian breakfast recipes, try these out!


Happy eating!

xo - Chelsea

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My Favorite Dutch Baby Puff Pancake Recipe (2024)


Why did my Dutch baby pancake not rise? ›

There are two main culprits to flat, sad Dutch baby pancakes: Your oven wasn't hot enough. The hotter your oven, the more puffed your Dutch baby pancake will be. Make sure to preheat the oven for at least 10 minutes before baking the batter.

Why is my Dutch baby so flat? ›

If the pancake was a little flat it is most likely that either the oven or the skillet (or other pan) was not hot enough. If the pan isn't hot enough then the liquid does not heat up and create the steam quickly enough and so the flour will cook through and set before the pancake can rise.

What is another name for a Dutch baby pancake? ›

A Dutch baby pancake, sometimes called a German pancake, a Bismarck, a Dutch puff, Hooligan, or a Hootenanny, is a dish that is similar to a large Yorkshire pudding.

Do you have to use a cast iron skillet for a Dutch baby? ›

The pan doesn't have to be cast iron; you can use any oven-safe pan or baking dish of a similar size. I've even done them in a pie dish!

How do I get my Dutch baby to rise? ›

Like popovers and Yorkshire pudding, the thing that gives Dutch babies their signature puff is steam. In order for that steam to work the pancake into its signature peaks and valleys, you need two things: enough air in a well-developed batter and a piping-hot pan and oven.

What makes pancakes fluffy and helps them rise? ›

Pancakes and waffles typically both contain baking soda, which causes them to rise. As soon as the baking soda is combined with the wet ingredients (which contain an acidic ingredient, like often buttermilk), it starts producing carbon dioxide gas bubbles that cause the batter to rise.

Why does my Dutch baby taste eggy? ›

Dutch Babies are “eggier” and taste similar to crepes or popovers. The eggs provide structure and the fat in the yolks adds richness and flavor. Sugar: Just 1 tablespoon sweetens the batter slightly and promotes beautiful browning. Vanilla extract: This adds a depth of flavor.

Why are German pancakes called Dutch babies? ›

The term “Dutch baby” was coined by an American restaurateur whose use of “Dutch” was a corruption of the word “Deutsch” (“German” in German). “Baby” referred to the fact that the restaurant served miniature versions.

What do Southerners call pancakes? ›

Pancakes are sometimes called hoecakes in the South. Most Southerners are familiar with lacy cornbread, aka hot water cornbread. A hoecake is a rustic fried version of a pancake made with ground cornmeal.

What is the difference between Yorkshire pudding and Dutch baby pancake? ›

The Dutch Baby has sugar added to the batter, whereas the Yorkshire Pudding has none. The Yorkshire Pudding is usually cooked in beef fat or oil, while the Dutch Baby is cooked in melted butter.

What do British call pancakes? ›

In the UK, the word pancakes refers to the same thing, but the word flapjacks refers to something entirely different: a baked good made from oats, resembling what elsewhere may be called a granola bar or oat bar. The word flapjack is traced back to the late 1500s.

How do you eat Dutch baby pancakes? ›

Remove pancake from oven, cut into wedges and serve at once topped with syrup, preserves, confectioners' sugar or cinnamon sugar.

Why does my Dutch baby stick to the pan? ›

You need something nonstick and ovenproof, because this dutch baby recipe is so egg-heavy and otherwise risks sticking to the bottom of the pan. Also make sure you're using a hot pan here, as it's essential for your puffy pancake to get that head start on the heat with a preheated skillet.

What happens if you use a cast iron pan without seasoning it? ›

Cooking on unseasoned cast iron can result in sticking, rusting, and a myriad of other issues (some of which are outlined above). Lucky for cast-iron newbies, most skillets sold these days come pre-seasoned. Take your store-bought seasoning a step further though and add your own before you call it good to go.

What makes pancakes not rise? ›

TIP: Make sure your baking powder is not out of date, or your pancakes won't rise as well. Combine wet ingredients together in a separate jug – this step is more important than you might think. The less you mix the batter, the fluffier your pancakes will be.

Why wont my pancakes bubble up? ›

You may not have turned up the heat on your burner or griddle high enough, or maybe you did not wait long enough for the cooking surface to heat up. You should be using medium heat for pancakes. Don't flip the pancake until bubbles in the center rise and pop without reforming new bubbles.

Why is my pancake mix flat? ›

The first is that the batter is a bit runny. Add a little more flour (or mix) to make a thicker batter, and see if that fluffs up the pancakes. The other reason I can think of is that the leavening is either past its prime, or not getting enough time to work before cooking.

Why are my pancakes not fluffy enough? ›

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE EGGS! The number one secret to getting fluffy, thick pancakes every time is to SEPARATE the egg yolks from the egg whites. Use gluten-free pancake mix or a low protein biscuit flour instead of “all purpose” flour. And don't overmix.

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