whole wheat dutch baby with maple roasted apples

whole wheat dutch baby with maple roasted apples // the muffin myth

Paul and I are off to Amsterdam tomorrow for a weekend of marathon running (him) wandering the canals (me) and general good times (that’d be both of us). He very often chooses somewhere in the Netherlands for his fall marathon (nice, flat courses) so we’ve also passed through Rotterdam and Eindhoven, but it always means a stop in Amsterdam. We are beginning to know the city well, and have favourite places we go back to time and time again.

Monday morning after marathon day we almost always go to a restaurant called the Carousel Pancake House, which sits in the middle of an old fashioned carousel in a park. It’s not fancy, but the menu has an extensive list of sweet and savoury pancake options (I can never decide!) and the pannekoek are dang near perfect.

whole wheat dutch baby with maple roasted apples // the muffin myth

whole wheat dutch baby with maple roasted apples // the muffin myth

Regarding Dutch pancakes, I hate to be the one to burst your bubble, but a Dutch baby isn’t really Dutch. Apparently they originated in Seattle, we’re inspired by a German pancake, and named by some cute kid. Which I guess explains why a gigantic pancake meant to feed four people would be referred to as a baby.

So it’s not Dutch, but it is quick and easy, fun to make, and delicious to eat. Ain’t nothing wrong with that. Plus you could make yourself a Dutch baby this weekend – this Dutch baby, with maple roasted apples – and pretend you’re with me in Amsterdam eating legit Dutch pancakes. We’re in this together, right?

whole wheat dutch baby with maple roasted apples // the muffin myth

This Dutch baby is made with good things – whole wheat flour, eggs, milk, and a bit of cinnamon. It’s a thin batter, much like a popover or Yorkshire pudding. I like to whirl it together in my blender, but a good whisk and a bit of elbow grease will work just fine too.

You heat a cast-iron skillet or other heavy oven-proof pan in the oven until it’s screaming hot, swirl a little butter around (which browns pretty much instantly) and then pour the batter in. As it bakes it puffs up magnificently, but don’t get too attached to that puff, it sinks away almost the instant the pancake comes out of the oven.

whole wheat dutch baby with maple roasted apples // the muffin myth

A tray of cinnamony maple-kissed apples roasted alongside the Dutch baby is the perfect accompaniment.

I was gifted a bag of apples from a friend’s tree, so in they went. Just a shake of cinnamon, a touch of maple syrup, and a little bit of cubed up butter, and 20 minutes later you’ll have a tray of sweet and succulent melt in your mouth appley goodness to spoon over the top of your Dutch baby.

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whole wheat dutch baby with maple roasted apples // the muffin myth

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whole wheat dutch baby with maple roasted apples

A gigantic whole wheat puffed pancake topped with cinnamony maple roasted apples.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author The Muffin Myth

Ingredients

  • FOR THE MAPLE ROASTED APPLES
  • 4 cups peeled and chopped apples
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp cold butter cubed
  • FOR THE DUTCH BABY
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 425°F / 210°C and set your skillet in to heat with the oven.
  2. FOR THE APPLES
  3. Peel and chop your apples - you should have 4 cups of apples AFTER they have been peeled and cubed.
  4. Place the apples in a bowl and toss with cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and the maple syrup.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread the apple chunks into a single layer.
  6. Cut the cold butter into cubes, and sprinkle over the apples.
  7. Set the apples in the oven, and roast for 15-20 minutes until they are soft, saucy, and golden.
  8. FOR THE DUTCH BABY
  9. Place the eggs, milk, whole wheat pastry flour, and salt into a blender. Blend for 1 minute, until the mixture is smooth and slightly foamy.
  10. Remove the HOT skillet from the oven, and immediately add 2 Tbsp of butter, swirling to coat the pan as it melts.
  11. Pour the batter over the melted butter, and place the skillet back into the oven.
  12. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until the Dutch baby is puffed and golden.
  13. TO FINISH
  14. Remove both the apples and Dutch baby from the oven.
  15. Spoon the apples over the top of the Dutch baby, slice into wedges, and serve with butter and maple syrup.

Recipe Notes

You can cook the apples and the Dutch baby at the same time. Prepare the apples first, and slide them into the oven at the same time as the pancake goes in. They both take around 15-20 minutes to cook.
If you prefer, the apples can be made in advance and reheated at the last minute.
Leftover Dutch baby is great eaten cold or at room temperature the next day - not that I expect you'll have leftovers.

 

whole wheat dutch baby with maple roasted apples // the muffin myth



 

Comments

  1. This post has me excited!! I absolutely love apple, cinnamon, maple syrup and pancakes. I see a weekend treat happening. Thanks for this! Maybe an Amsterdam marathon for me next year.

  2. I’ve never made a Dutch baby, but they’ve been on my “to try” list forever. This looks like a great recipe to try, and the roasted apples sound amazing. Have an awesome time in Amsterdam!!! I’m totally jealous!

    • They’ve been on my to-blog list forever too! Glad to have finally gotten around to it. And yes, awesome times are to be had for sure. Amsterdam is a fantastic city!

  3. This looks so delicious! I’ve always wanted to try dutch pancakes but for some reason I’ve never made it. Well, this post just got me even more hooked on making one.
    Have a wonderful trip to The Netherlands! I wish it was me. If (when 😉 ) I go to Amsterdam I have to try that restaurant. It sounds awesome!

    • Glad this post has inspired you, and I really hope you try it out. And yes, WHEN you go to Amsterdam, check out the Carousel Pancake Restaurant… or any of the hundreds of other restaurants making great pannakoek!

  4. I don’t know if any of the above commenters actually tried making this, but following the directions as is was a total flop for me. Also, the pancake was completely flavorless. I tried another recipe with more milk plus salt cinnamon and other spices and it was much better.

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