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Dutch Babies and New Years Day Brunch Ideas

updated from the archives: with New Years Day quickly approaching, I’m starting to think about breakfast in a serious way. Here’s a smattering of good ideas to make on my favorite lazy morning of the year.

December 31 is nearly upon us! I’m expecting thousands of drunken belligerent psychos to descend on my neighborhood next week, and if you think I’m excited, I’m actually going elsewhere. Nothing I hate more than Adams Morgan on New Years Eve. But New Years morning is another story entirely. The streets are quiet, the air is cold and still, the oven is on and the coffee is brewing. I love waking up on New Years Day to total silence, enjoying yummy but easy breakfast and hot tea in my bathrobe, and being altogether lazy.

Even if you’re like me and breakfast/brunch is your thing, I’m sure you feel me that cooking on New Years morning isn’t exactly an appealing thought. Especially if you’re hosting tomorrow morning, surely you want something easy to make, but with big wow-factor. A Dutch Baby is just the thing. It’s a big, floppy, eggy pancake that puffs up beautifully in the oven; pull it out, top with some stewed fruit and a dusting of powdered sugar, and ta-da! Perfect breakfast entree. It takes 20 minutes to bake and about 15 seconds to mix up. Can’t complain about that prep time, now can you?


Just in case a hot, fluffy, fruit-topped pancake isn’t your thing (but really, who are we kidding?) I’ve included links to some other good New Years brunch recipes below. Have yourselves a safe and rockin’ evening, and a very Happy New Year!


New Years Day Brunch Ideas:

Rich and creamy apricot-stuffed french toast
Lazy, boozy french toast casserole
Easy vintage breakfast biscuits
Ever-popular and dead easy shakshuka
Any kind of frittata, any kind at all
Blackberry and pear clafoutis — perfect for winter

There are plenty more where those came from — just run a quick search through my breakfast-and-brunch category and see what pops up.

Dutch Babies
basic recipe adapted from Lara at Cook and Eat
serves 2-4 (if it’s a main course for 4, double the recipe and make in two separate pans)

4 eggs
generous pinch of salt
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
2 T unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 425F.

Whisk the eggs with the pinch of salt until they just begin to get fluffy. Gradually whisk in the milk and flour and continue whisking until there are no lumps.

Melt the butter in a 8-inch cast iron pan. Then, pour the egg mixture over the butter. Move the pan immediately to the hot oven. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until it puffs up over the edges of the pan and is a rich golden brown on the edges.

Top with any kind of stewed fruit, or even good-quality preserves, and finish with a dusting of powdered sugar. I used poached quince that I had leftover — delicious.

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  • CherylK January 1, 2009,

    Yummy! This would be a different version of the German pancake that we’ve made in our family for years. It is SO good. Definitely a good choice for an easy brunch. Thanks for tweaking my memory…

  • joanne January 5, 2009,

    I just checked out your Shakshuka recipe and OMG! – it looks amazing! Great idea! Thanks.