When the toddler gets a little out of hand, I can growl, "We're eating babies for breakfast. That's right. BABIES!"
Delicious with lemon juice squeezed over the top and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. Washed down with coffee.
We make a little sidecar for the kid:
We use a recipe for Big Apple Pancake from an old Gourmet magazine as a guide, but add all kinds of fruit. Strawberry isn't actually my favorite. I think apricot and blueberries might be. The original is awesome in winter.
And before I jump into the recipe, let me just clarify my stance on unsalted vs. salted butter.
I don't give a fuck.
Seriously, I don't know why so many cooks get so worked up about salted butter.
I like salty butter on my toast, so it's what I have in the fridge.
I keep track of work schedules and the daycare center closures and doctor's appointments and when the dog next gets her heartworm meds and a complicated orchid fertilization schedule and on and on and on.
I don't need to regulate butter usage on top of it all: "No, no, that butter's for baking. Use THIS one." I think my husband's head would explode. He still hasn't recovered from that time he snacked on the crust of bread that I was saving for that night's onion soup dinner.
And I cried.
Because holy crap, I was looking forward to that soup with the toasty bread.
Anyway, back to babies.
Dutch Baby with Fruit
--based on recipe from Gourmet, Nov. 2004
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup flour (white or whole wheat pastry)
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
sliced peaches or apricots, halved strawberries, frozen blueberries (about a cup of fruit)
lemon wedges and powdered sugar
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 450°F. Put butter into 10-inch cast iron skillet and put in oven to melt.
While butter is melting, dump milk, flour, eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt into a blender. Swirl butter around skillet to coat sides and bottom. Add about 2 T. melted butter to blender, leaving the rest in the skillet. Blend batter until smooth.
Place fruit in one layer in hot buttered skillet. It won't cover the bottom completely--if it does, you have too much fruit and will end up with a juicy mess of breakfast.
Pour batter over fruit.
Put skillet in oven. Bake until pancake is puffed and golden, about 18 minutes (depending on amount of fruit).
Serve immediately with lemon wedges and powered sugar.