Friday, April 29, 2011

Grandma's Popover Pancake

Image from Blame it on the Food. I ate mine and forgot to take a picture!

This little yummy is also known as an Oven Pancake, German Oven Pancake, Oven Puffed Pancake, Dutch Baby, etc. There are many correct versions of this breakfast wonder but here is my Grandma Kleinpeter's recipe. I make this often because it is so easy and I have fond memories of it growing up.

You will need a medium sized cast iron skillet (you could use another oven safe pan of the same size but I can't promise how it will turn out). Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and be sure to put your skillet in the oven as it is heating.

Ingredients (can you see why a homesteader would love this recipe):
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs (you can lightly beat before adding to other ingredient)

I often double the recipe. Don't over mix. Some lumps and bumps are OK. Remove your now hot skillet carefully from the oven. Place butter in skillet and melt until bubbly (the recipe calls for 1/3 cup but I NEVER use that much). Pour batter into skillet and return to oven for roughly 10-12 minutes or until puffy. If the magic worked the pancake will puff up like a parachute and the kids will love it! Don't be upset if it doesn't. This recipe will grow on you and you will add your own special way. No matter what it is amazing to eat.

Serve with fresh berries, syrup, powdered sugar, jelly, jam, lemon, whatever! Yummy...


Howdy farm friends. How many of you have all the ingredients you need for this recipe right on your homestead? I am jealous. Right now all I can claim are eggs. If you have a recipe you would like to share with us leave a comment below with the link and we will check it out! Thanks for visiting.


  1. sounds delish~ wonder how it would work with gluten free flour, may have to give it a try!

    yes, it's wonderful to be surround by God's beautiful mountains every day!

  2. So Lauren, I confess I read your blog you ladies do all the time but never remember to comment. One day I will go back and comment on all the lovely stories and projects you both share but this time I had chime in. We make this in my house and I have been baking it ever since I was 10. We call ours "Big Puffy Pancake" and use a pinch of salt plus 4 eggs instead of 4, beaten. We also melt 3 tbs. butter in a pie plate before then mixing it in the batter. I have such fond family memories of my parents and I sitting around the table on a Sunday morning after I made this for everyone. In fact I just made it for dad for Easter brunch this year. We serve with powdered sugar, fresh blueberries and canned peaches in syrup. Oh memories!

  3. In other words, I meant 4 beaten eggs, instead of just 2. Oops. Also, we have to bake ours in a glass or aluminum pie plate on the bottom oven rack. It puffs up so big, like a crusty, over-enthusiastic pie crust, and if don't bake on the bottom rack it will actually wrap around the oven coils like the blob. We had such fun peeking at it each time we make it, and watching it sink to normal proportions when was removed from heat. I feel warm and fuzzy just reading about it.

  4. i have never heard of this! i am wondering if my german ancestors made this...hmmm, need to ask my aunt. thank you for stopping by and seeing my silly 'brit'. i hope to see you again! :)

  5. Wow, I am going to have to try this, looks so yummy. I am enjoying reading your blog. I hope you can stop by mine sometime.;)

  6. Mountain Mamma - Jackie is amazing at all things gluten free. I am sure she can make a recommendation.

    Suz - I love that you stop by! Thank you!!! I had no idea that your family loves "Big Puffy Pancakes" too!

    Kritter Keeper - I bet your lovely German roots know all about this too!

    Sarah - It is yummy! Thanks for stopping by.

  7. The recipe looks so good...will have to give it a try! I loved your comment about the seed accident...sounds like something that would happen to me. In a hurry, wanting to just get it done, and then...seeds everywhere! Thanks for visiting and sharing your story.

  8. Oh my...I just have to make this. We are a pancake-craving farm, as we produce our own Maple syrup. Thank you ~ wonderful post! And thank you for visiting our neck of the woods...:)

  9. haha being Dutch.... I never had a Dutch Baby!

    Looking good though!


  10. What a yummy sounding recipe! I can see why the kids would like eating it and homesteaders would like making it.



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