Sunday, February 5, 2012

Recipe: Big Germans

Here's a favorite recipe.  I made them this morning. You should make them soon. We call them Big Germans.  Some call them Dutch Babies.  I guess it depends on who you think tastes better...

What you'll need:
1 Cup Flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Cup Milk
4 eggs
3-ish Tbs. Lemon Juice
Powdered Sugar
3 Tbs. butter (I use salted)
9" x 13" baking pan

Preheat oven to 425* with the baking pan in the oven.  After the pan has preheated, Add the 3 Tbs. butter to the pan and melt it while assembling the batter.  Don't add the butter too soon, otherwise it could burn while the oven is heating up.

Whisk flour and salt together in a medium sized bowl, then add milk and eggs.  Whisk thoroughly, until all lumps of flour are gone.

By this time, your butter will be melted.  Carefully remove pan from the oven and pour the batter on top of your melted butter.

Replace pan into the oven, and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and puffy.

Remove the Big German, and drizzle lemon juice over the top.  Then sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar.

Once the pancake is cooled, it will lose the height, but none of the taste.  So so so good and easy.  My kids beg for this, and if I served it every night for a week, they'd think they had a fairy godmother as a mom.

We like to top it with fresh fruit and whipped cream, if it's handy.  Below are some pics from this morning...

Try to incorporate all the lumps!

Preheat the pan, then melt the butter.

The batter starts out thin

Ready to come out of the oven.

My littlest asking for his Big German.

It deflates a bit once its cooled. 
Anticipation and strawberries.

Fried Apples and Reddi-Whip.
When I make these, he thinks I love him more.

Full tummies make for a good morning at Chapel Next Linden Oaks!


  1. I recently told a neighbor about this recipe, who said she heard a TV story about it: the mother would hype it up to be a special meal and when the child grew up, became a Williams Sonoma chef and realized the ingredients, he discovered how inexpensive the meal was. He looked back and saw that his mother was desperately covering the fact that they couldn't afford proper meals.

    We ate this for breakfast this morning too, but it never ever gets near as puffy in our German oven. Sad times.

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