Sunday, September 28, 2008

Saucy-ness....and Dutch Babies! Mmmmm

I just signed on to get a recipe from my bookmarks and saw that I had a ton of emails....emails indicating that I had a LOT more visitors than normal to my blog. Well, that's oh-so-fabulous. :-) After reading a few, I realized that I am featured as one of the "Saucy Blogs" over at The Secret is in the Sauce! Awwwww, thanks gals! You sure know how to make a girl feel fabulous. (I say fabulous a LOT.) You all are saucy! I'll be visiting everyone's blogs soon! For anyone who hasn't heard of SITS (Secret is in the Sauce) head on over. It's a fabulous (there I go again with the fabulous) community of wonderful bloggers. We're taking over the world ya know. ;-)

I just want to thank all of you for the loving comments of support on my last post. I think I'm getting a maid now. LOL JOKING, but am I? hehehe Read yesterday's link to get that.
Thanks again!

I usually don't blog on Sundays. I take the day off from the computer. Imagine that...miracles do happen. Well, Since I'm here I might as well share the dish that is baking in the oven right now. We have a tradition of cooking a nice breakfast after church on Sundays. Today I'm whipping up one of my childhood favorites. One of my aunts would make this for me when I would visit in the summer. It's fabulous and EASY.

German Pancakes - Dutch Babies

This is not my photo...I slack on taking photos for my blog.
This picture is from What's Cooking America's site.

I got this recipe from What's Cooking America. It's a little different from the one I had growing up, but I actually think this one is better. I add extra cinnamon and vanilla and skip the lemon juice. It's light and reminds me of a French toast. The kids will love to watch it bake! Be sure to put your oven rack in the middle and take the top rack out if you have one...this rises high! I always make the 4-6 serving because leftovers are good, too!

Makes 4 to 6 servings
6 eggs, room temperature
1 cup milk, room temperature
1 cup sifted bread flour or all-purpose flour (I use all-purpose)
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 tablespoons butter (I use real butter)
Freshly squeezed lemon juice (I skip it)
Powdered or confectioners sugar

Makes 2 to 4 servings
3 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup milk, room temperature
1/2 cup sifted bread flour or all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
7 teaspoons butter
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Powdered or confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
NOTE: It is very important that you preheat your oven. Place oven rack on the middle rack of your oven. Place a large, heavy ovenproof frying pan or a cast-iron skillet (I use a regular 9" x 13" baking pan), in the oven until hot.

While pan is heating, prepare your batter.
NOTE: Use a shallow pan, not more than 3 inches deep (pie pans, cast-iron skillets, oven-proof fry pans, baking dishes, paella pans). The author of this recipe prefers using a cast-iron skillet or pan because it acts as a heat reservoir, retaining the heat and distributing it evenly. My 9 x 13 has always worked fine though.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs until light and frothy; add milk, flour, vanilla extract, and cinnamon; beat for 5 minutes more. The batter will be thin, but very smooth and creamy.

Using a pot holder, remove the hot skillet from the oven; add the butter; tilting the pan to melt the butter and coat the skillet. Pour the prepared batter into the hot skillet, all at once, in the center and immediately return the skillet to the oven.

Bake approximately 20 to 25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown (bake until the pancake puffs up around the edges - it may puff irregularly in the center).

Remove from oven and serve immediately. Either bring the pancake to the table in its pan or slide it onto a serving plate. Once out of the oven, the pancake will begin to deflate.

To serve, cut into serving-size wedges and transfer to individual serving plates. Top with your favorite topping and serve immediately. For a classic German Pancake/Dutch Baby, sprinkle with freshly squeezed lemon juice, and dust the top with powdered sugar. I've never used the lemon juice.

Topping Ideas:
**I use a little powdered sugar AND maple syrup....Mmmmm!**
Sifted powdered sugar
Fresh applesauce with a dash of cinnamon
Crushed pineapple, drained
Whipped cream and sliced fresh strawberries
Syrups (maple, your favorite fruit syrup, or honey)
Canned pie filling, cold or warm

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Question of the Day
What makes YOU saucy???


Jess said...

Yeah...So I'm gonna need you to go ahead and send me this food pronto.

Def a recipe to try!

What makes me Saucy? Wine,changing my hair color (every month lol), new shoes, etc.


Anonymous said...

Congrats on being highlighted. Makes me wish I had a blog. lol

I love that you fix a nice breakfast every Sunday. I should start doing something like that. The Dutch Babies sound so good! I'm not much of a cook, but it looks like I could do this one. I just may shock my husband and kids! haha

As for your question of the day, I think my smile makes me saucy...and my leather boots! LOL

Love your blog. A friend of mine emailed it to me and now I'm addicted!


Are You Serious! said...

♥ I like German pancakes! :)

Mandy said...

I need to try this recipe. :)

What makes me saucy? Being a guys kinda gal. I have to be with a house full of testosterone! I love me some football!!

Jess said...

:) thanks for the blog love!

hehehe just to help ;)

Unknown said...

i need to try this sooo bad! my fam loves this kind of stuff! and congrats on your sauciness.

Pennies In My Pocket said...

fatgirlsskinny - You are killing me...I'm laughing so hard, I DEFINITELY need the Depends when I read your blog and your comments!!

Thank you EVERYONE for all the congrats! :-)


Lorie said...

German Pancakes (we have started calling them Volcano pancakes because of the way they erupt in the oven) are one of our favorites!

We love them with fresh peaches and whipped cream!

And for Father's Day (we do breakfast in bed for Dad) you put Strawberries, whipped cream, and chocolate ganache! YUMMO!

Jess said...

LOL @ you. I read your comment while I was eating dinner @ noodles & co and snorted so loud the lady next to me gave me a snobby look hehe.

Your poor husband, going to have to replace all your furniture. ;)

Becky W said...

Congrats on being saucy!! You deserve it!!!

Jen said...

Congrats on your sauciness, you are oh so saucy. And that recipe looks delightful. Yum!

Kristin said...

It's all because of your FABULOUS-NESS and we all lover you!

Ok the food is killing me. why you gotta do this?

Anonymous said...

That looks DELICIOUS! And you totally deserve your saucy-ness! I'm not sure what makes me saucy--I'll just say my dogs make me saucy! Have a WONDERFUL Sunday!

Mari said...

That looks great! I think you need a maid so you can have lots of time for cooking and scouting out bargains!

~Trish~ said...

Congrats on being saucy :) I saw that this morning but waited til you blogged about it!

tommie said...

saucy! If you could hear me say in (in my big ole southern twang) I would be saying sauce-aaaa

You go girl!

Those fluffy pancakes are so fun!

carrhop said...

This looks fab!! Gonna have to give it a go!


Kristen said...

Congratulations on being a saucy blog! You deserve it! Those German pancakes look amazing. I just might have to give them a try...

Cynthia said...

You know, I keep seeing the Saucy girls all over the blogosphere...might have to check them out...

tiarastantrums said...

congrats and I so have to try this recipe out!

Brooke said...

We LOVE German Pancakes but for some reason we only eat them on Christmas morning. Maybe I will have to change that!

What makes me personality, new hair colors, and my love for shoes and purses!!

Laurie said...

Those Dutch babies look YUM. I love my cast iron pans!

Texting my hubby makes me feel saucy.

Your husband sounds like a dream. I love to see happy just makes me happy.

Anonymous said...

Congrats girl! Love your blog and I have to say that you are just awesome about giving back, with comments and/or e-mails...

I'm going to have think about what makes me saucy though.Hmmm....

"The Queen in Residence" said...

Isn't it fun being a Saucy Blog. You go girl!!!Enjoy all the SITS love.

I think a Diet Pepsi is what makes me Saucy, or at least gets me going in the morning.

Charlie said...

Thanks so much for leaving me a comment on my new site! I can't wait to see all the advice people have to offer!

Congrats on your "Saucy Day!" That is so much fun! I am so glad you put the recipe on your site! I love those pancakes but never did have a recipe for them!

Melodie said...

Congrats on being Saucy! I read your blog everyday, even though I don't always comment. It's awesome!

Jaime said...

Congrats, you saucy girl you! When I saw your name it made me smile. You deserve it, your blog is awesome. Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to see the weeks menu coming up.

Tabitha Blue said...

Congrats!! You deserve some saucy recognition! Have a great week!!!

FROGGITY! said...

Hey saucy lady! That recipe sounds fab!

What makes me saucy? Hmmm... working out for sure... I love some endorphines! :) Have a saucy Monday!

Sandra said...

Yum that looks so good :)

Angela said...

Wow, we love pancakes. I cant wait to try those German pancakes! You have such a great site, thanks for sharing so many bargins.

Brenda Jean Hyde said...

I think coming to your blog made me saucy:) What a wonderful recipe, and I love your questions of the day! Congrats on YOU being saucy too:)