Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Breakfast

Christmas breakfast here at Chez Phillips is a Dutch Baby Pancake and as you can see by the photo I nailed it this year; just wishing the rest of the family was here to enjoy it.  Basically a big popover, it bakes in a 400 degree oven to puff up and is served with warmed maple syrup, fruit or traditionally with butter, fresh squeezed lemon and powdered sugar---heaven on a plate!

Dutch Baby Pancake

Serves 3 to 4

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 large eggs
3/4 cup cold milk
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla paste or vanilla extract
Warmed Maple syrup
Fresh Fruit
Lemon Wedges
Sifted Confectioner's sugar

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Place the butter into a 10-inch wide shallow pie plate and slide the plate into the oven to get hot and melt the butter while you are making the batter.
  2. In a blender, process the milk and eggs until frothy, about 1 minute.  Add the flour, cinnamon sugar and vanilla, and blend another 2 minutes.  
  3. Pour the mixture into the hot butter and bake 15 to 17 minutes until puffed and golden.  
  4. Remove from the oven, slice into wedges and serve with bacon (what else?)
  5. Do-Ahead Note:  the batter can be blended, and kept in the jar in the fridge overnight, then blended in the morning and baked.  The colder the batter and the hotter the butter/pan/oven the better the puff. 

Not a crumb left!  Dr. C and Ryan have gone to the U.S. Naval Hospital to deliver gifts to the Wounded Warriors in the hospital during the holidays, we'll open presents when they return.  
Wishing you a delightful day celebrating.

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