Our breakfast routine gets, well, routine sometimes. As in, boring. As in, I cannot eat another scrambled egg if my life depended on it. So we find ourselves looking for ways to spice things up. This usually happens on the weekend when we have more time to wander about in the kitchen. It goes something like this:
The Mistah: “What do you want for breakfast?”
Me: “I dunno, as long as it’s not eggs or oatmeal. What do we have?”
The Mistah: “Um, eggs and oatmeal, sorry.”
There is then much muttering under my breath and I start flipping through cookbooks and recipes for something, anything, different. Most recently, it resulted in a Dutch Baby.
No, we didn’t adopt a small child from Holland. We took eggs, flour, spices, milk, and apples and transformed them into a thick, eggy pancake. The last time I made this, The Mistah remarked that his grandmother, or great-grandmother (I can’t recall which), used to make similar puffy, sweet apple pancakes. I had no such history with the Dutch Baby. But I can see that we definitely have a future together…at least when breakfast needs to be a little less routine.
Dutch Apple Pancake
South Beach Diet
BAH Note: While I’m showing the recipe the way it appears in the South Beach cookbook, we got a little crazy and used 2 Honeycrisp apples, real butter, real sugar, and regular flour. I’m sure whichever way you make it will be delicious too.
- 2 tablespoons trans-fat free margarine melted, divided
- 1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch slices
- 1/3 cup whole grain pastry flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoons granular sugar substitute
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3/4 cup lowfat (1%) milk
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Melt 1 tablespoon of margarine in an oven-proof skillet (10 inches or larger) over medium heat. Add apple and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
Puree remaining ingredients in a blender until just combined, about 1 minute. Pour batter into skillet, over apples. Bake until puffed and set, about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the size of your pan.