i was introduced to them as a kid when my mom discovered a recipe maybe in sunset magazine. the recipe was a xeroxed copy that listed ratios based on the size of the pan and number of guests. i would call for the recipe a few times a year but at some point i figured out that the formula was 1 egg to 1/4 c. of milk to 1/4 c. of flour and that butter is generous but basically between 2 and 4 ounces. dutch babies also have the advantage of being made entirely with pantry staples that you are likely to already have, or could pick up easily at your corner market.
in my family we ate them drizzled with lemon juice and little spoonfuls of unsifted powdered sugar which is super good but now i would be more likely to do a small pour of maple syrup.
while i would tend to make them for a day off breakfast dutch babies are actually quite versatile for entertaining. for a dramatic spring brunch one could fill the center with a saute of leeks, asparagus, mushrooms and peas, or in summer, sliced strawberries with lemon and vanilla sugar.
makes: enough for two adults and two children
equipment: 10" cast iron pan
1 c. whole milk
1 c. flour
2 oz. butter
1. heat the oven to 400.
2. put the cast iron skillet into the oven while you prepare the batter.
3. whisk together eggs and salt for one minute. use 1/2 teaspoon salt if using salted butter and 3/4 teaspoon if your butter is unsalted.
4. add butter into the hot pan in the oven.
5. add milk and whisk maybe 30 seconds. add flour and whisk until smooth.
6. Remove pan from the oven and pour batter directly into the hot melted butter.
7. Bake until puffy and amber colored about 15 to 20 minutes.