Mornin’, Big Baby! (That doesn’t sound right)

5 Feb

I love making these fluffy, puffy bits of magic in the morning.  I don’t know why I call them “Big Dutch Babies”.  I found a recipe online a million years ago and don’t know anything about the possible culinary history here — or maybe I’m insulting the Dutch? Or babies? I don’t know.  Anyway, this recipe is proof to me once more that the basis of civilization is egg, flour, milk, and butter.

1/3 C butter
pinch nutmeg
4 eggs
1 C milk
1 C flour

Put your butter and nutmeg in your baking pan and set it to melt in a 450F oven while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

This works best in a blender, but if your blender is in storage in another country and you are doing everything by hand, don’t fret.  Beat those eggs by hand:

Add in your milk; then slowly add in your flour; until your batter looks about like this:

Great.  By now the butter is melted, so pull the pan out of the oven, and pour the batter right in.  The butter will pool up the sides and run over the top of the batter — it’s cool looking.  Place the pan back in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden and puffy — like this:

Isn’t that amazing?  It looks like you’ve done some kind of special wizardry in the kitchen, and it only takes four ingredients and a barely 5 minutes of prep!

I like to sprinkle my Big Baby with confectioners sugar; my kids like theirs with maple syrup; you could cover it with warmed fruit; or make it savory and add cheese or bacon or … sky’s the limit.  Good mornin’!

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14 Responses to “Mornin’, Big Baby! (That doesn’t sound right)”

  1. Sarah February 5, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    I think you are going to have some Brits commenting that this is an over-sized Yorkshire Pudding. But you know, I’m not ALWAYS right. 🙂 Going to make one now!

    • Monique February 5, 2012 at 10:13 am #

      You may be right! It’s a Big Yorkshire Baby?! They’re a lot like popovers. A cast iron pan is supposed to be the best for baking these Babies, but I haven’t tried that — if you do, tell me how it turns out!

    • Sarah February 5, 2012 at 10:23 am #

      Did I say “over-sized” I meant bigger and better.

  2. Sarah Scott February 5, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    Yum! These look awesome – especially given the quick and easy prep. Will be trying them and letting you know how it works out. And oh how I miss a blender and/or food processor and cast iron skillets and….sigh, just about all kitchen items in storage….

    • Monique February 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      I’m crying over my 7-quart slow cooker, languishing in storage stateside …

  3. Zazzy February 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    I’ve never made those in a ramekin – always used a skillet. And hence, I never made the connection with popovers or Yorkshire puddings. Either way, they are one of the best things ever. Now I want one….

    • Monique February 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

      Only takes a few minutes. I like the round shape but I don’t think it matters — yummy doesn’t care if it is round, square, rectangular, etc =)

  4. Tesni February 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    Looks delicious- and just like a nutmeg, buttery yorkshire pudding, yum!

    • Monique February 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

      Yes I guess it does! Tastes different though — not so crunchy, maybe? I’ll make them side by side one day and compare.

  5. Selena February 10, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Weeping because I still don’t have my own kitchen! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Monique February 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

      Will you have a kitchen soon? Tho you know, to make this you only need to borrow someone else’s kitchen for like, 30 minutes. I’m sure they won’t mind. =)

  6. satnavandcider March 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    I think we should arrange a play date for our Babies. 😉

    • Monique March 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

      If by ‘play’ you mean ‘consume’ I’m all for it!!

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