Easy and quick Dutch Baby

It is only December 29th but time to move past the Christmas baking. Lots of cookies and cakes were baked over the holiday season. I don't have any special recipe for New Year's desserts but chocolate is always good when the weather is cold. Chocolate is a lot easier to handle when the weather is cool.

My recipe for today is a Dutch Baby. I am probably one of the last ones to know about this dish but happy I finally found it. A TV show in Japan was demonstrating recipes from the TV show Chicago Fire and the Dutch Baby was the recipe demonstrated. I grew up using cast iron skillets and I have bad memories about washing them so that is why I don't have one in my house now. Anyway, after seeing the explanation about the Dutch Baby I decided it was time to reacquaint myself with iron skillets.

Basically, the Dutch Baby has a popover like bottom and then topped with your favorite fruit or other filling.

Basic Recipe for a small 15 cm iron skillet
(15 minutes prep time and 15 minutes for baking)
Serves 2 - 3

30 grams all purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 egg
50 grams milk

Approximately 1 teaspoon butter for coating the pan

1. In a bowl, sift together the flour and sugar then add the egg and mix with a small whisk.
2. Lastly, add in the milk in about 3 portions and mix with the whisk. Just stir enough to combine everything.
3. Preheat the over to 200 degrees Celsius then place the iron skillet in the oven for 10 minutes to warm up. When heated, add the butter and swirl it around the pan to coat it entirely.
4. Pour the batter into the pan and put back into the oven and back for about 15 - 18 minutes.
5. Remove from the oven and fill with your favorite filling. There is a lot of air in the Dutch Baby when it is baked so after removing it will deflate like a souffle.

For my Dutch Baby filling, I lightly sauteed an apple that was peeled & sliced  in a fry pan with about 3 tablespoons sugar and a few dashes cinnamon.

My recommendation is to serve it warm just out of the oven. Always be careful to handle the skillet since it very hot.

Christmas Dark Chocolate Cookies

Christmas and cookies, the two just go together. It is hard for me to decide my favorite cookie, however, at Christmas I really love anything that tastes like gingerbread. Even though these cookies aren't gingerbread, they are a close second. Not only do they taste delicious but they look so darn delicious as well. The white sugar powder looks like chocolate buried in fresh snow.

I know you are eager to get baking so let's skip the story and get right to baking. Preparation time for these cookies is only about 30 minutes - just add a little more time for the dough to chill in the refrigerator and then they will be ready for a quick bake.  Happy Baking & Merry Christmas to you and you and your family.


200 grams flour
40 grams cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2  teaspoon baking soda
1/2  teaspoon salt
130 grams sugar
3 eggs
4 teaspoons instant coffee (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
115 grams sweet dark chocolate
60 grams room temperature butter
For coating cookies: one small bowl filled with granular sugar and another small bowl filled with powdered sugar

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and other dry ingredients.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the eggs, instant coffee and vanilla using a small whisk.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering hot water. After melting, remove from the heat and add in the butter in pieces and mix with a whisk.
  4. Add the melted chocolate to #2 in portions using a small whisk. Next, add the flour mixture.
  5. Cover and put in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or until the mixture becomes firm.
  6. Remove from the refrigerator and use a teaspoon to scoop a small amount of dough and roll into a ball. Roll each ball in granular sugar and then the powdered sugar before placing on the baking sheet.
  7. Bake at 170° C for 15 – 18 minutes. Remove from the baking sheet to cool before serving.
If you like this recipe, then there are plenty more sweets in my Christmas cookbook. The book is available in both 日本語 and English. 

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