Today we’re going to chat about babies… Dutch babies!
These amazing popover is also called a German pancake or a Dutch puff. Either way it’s sweet and perfect for brunch.
Speaking of sweet – today is a special day for Chris and I. Today is the day we went to the court house and legal got married 3 years ago. To make a long story short we eloped in Paris but since we legally couldn’t get married in France we did it a few months before… so lucky us we have two wedding dates!
Since today isn’t our big celebration date (that’s in June) we normally do a little something nice for each other. In todays case Chris worked from home the first half of the day and I surprised him with this… a bananas foster dutch baby!
Does anyone else have any strange anniversaries or dates you celebrate? I always feel so weird trying to explain our wedding anniversary situation – but hey it works for us.
After indulging in this sugar comma inducing treat Chris surprised me with dinner reservations at an undisclosed location tomorrow – that means our weekend will go as follow:
Today (Friday): Make trips to all the specialty grocery store (the Asian Market in St. Stephens green is my favorite). Then grab some cheap eats for dinner before heading home for some quality dog snuggles and movie time.
Saturday: Get up and start experimenting in the kitchen. We have some fun fusion type foods we’ve been wanting to try and who knows they might be a hit or they could end up as another one of my Food Failures. Then clean up the kitchen for the millionth time and head to our super secret dinner – thanks Chris!
Sunday: Lounge, lounge, lounge. Sundays are the days where Chris becomes a scientist and creates his cocktails. This will most likely happen after a good long walk and trip to the dog park – coffee and mini donuts from our favorite local coffee shop included!
What is everyone else doing this weekend? Any big plans? Hopefully the weather where you are is a little better than here. I think we’re going on 3 weeks of daily rain – everything is sooooo damp ? but hey it’s Ireland after all.
Enough about my personal life – sheesh!
Back to the real reason you’ve read this far. This treat is complete with caramelized brown sugar and bananas. Then to add a little wow factor – and because it’s typical – I flambéed the baby. That’s right flambé – the scary thing you do when you set alcohol on fire that’s actually secretively super easy.
Now at this point I know I’ve lost some readers, but hang in here with me. It’s safe to do if you follow some simple steps and Americas Test Kitchen has a great video showing you how. If you still think I’m utterly insane you can skip the alcohol altogether – it will still be super tasty.
Since I mentioned it earlier we should talk about everyones favorite meal – brunch. Like I said this makes a perfect brunch food. It feeds about 4 people (3 if you’re really hungry) and since you cut and serve it in slices like pie or cake it’s easily sharable. Not to mention a cast iron skillet sitting in the middle of a table surrounded by fruit, bacon and mimosas just paints the most beautiful picture doesn’t it?! Sign me up for reservations wherever that’s taking place!
That’s enough of that let me teach you how to make it!
Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 20 mins Servings: 4
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsp butter
- dash of cinnamon
- 2 bananas sliced
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- handful of chopped walnuts (optional)
- splash of overproof rum
1. Preheat oven to 450 F or 220 C and place a cast iron skillet inside to get hot.
2. Combine milk, flour, sugar, eggs and cinnamon in a small blender or food processor. Blend on high until everything is well combined. Once oven is preheated add butter to pan and once the butter is melted pour blended flour mixture in (do this all without removing pan from he oven). Cook for 15-20 mins until Dutch Baby is puffy and golden brown
3. While the Dutch Baby cooks met brown sugar in a small non stick pan over medium heat – I added a splash of water to help it along and keep it from burning. Once sugar is melted add sliced bananas and cook for 3-4 mins or until they’re slightly golden. Flip and cook another 1-2. At this point is not using alcohol stop. Add splash of rum to pan and with the burner off light rum on fire using a long lighter. Allow rum to flambé until flames subside. Set aside.
4. Remove Dutch Baby from oven and top with Bananas Foster, walnuts and dust with powdered sugar. Serve immediately.
* Note puff will depute slightly as it cool – this is normal.