Dutch Baby With a Twist








As I sat with my first cup of coffee this morning, I was going through my Cast Iron Skillet cookbook,
looking for an idea for dinner. What immediately caught my eye was a recipe for a Dutch baby with
pears sauteed in butter and cinnamon. Forget about dinner – I was suddenly looking for some instant gratification, something that took just a few minutes to make, something that would make my mouth water!

I used this recipe for inspiration but actually followed my basic gluten-free, sugar-free version with a couple of little changes. As the pears were sautéing in butter, cinnamon and a dash of agave nectar for a bit of sweetness, I quickly popped all the other ingredients in the blender and then poured the batter into the skillet over the pears and baked for 10 minutes. I used this time to clean up my mess – no one can make a mess as quickly as I can.

I poured myself a second cup of coffee and cut myself a healthy serving of this delicious looking treat. It did not disappoint – It was sooo good. I can’t believe what a difference using almond extract instead of vanilla made. I think next time, I’ll try it without the pears and add some chopped
almonds on top. So many possibilities.

Happy Spring, everyone! I love this season of hope, possibilities and thoughts of all the wonderful things we’ll be planting before you know it. I love seeing the slow shift from melting snow to buds and blooms – a joy to behold.



  1. says

    Happy Sunday to you, Susan. That looks so good! I really should buy pears more often as they are delicious. Pears seem to be a forgotten fruit here. My husband’s favorite pan is his cast on frypan; it gets lots of use, so it is seasoned very well. BTW, I love your coffee cup! I’m drinking out of my much loved Minnie Mouse mug from Disney World this morning.

    • says

      The frying pan was a wedding shower gift to my mother 70 something years ago, Cindy, which makes it
      so special to me. I love knowing that I’m using the same pan she used the whole time I was growing up.

  2. says

    When I saw your post title, I was excited! I LOVE Dutch babies, and have been known to make a few in my day, but this looks and sounds amazing and is a definite ‘must try ‘ for me!

    Happy Sunday to you Susan!


    • says

      Hi, Doreen. Are you still making your way back home? I know you’re a Dutch baby girl and I’m sure
      you’ve come up with some delicious add-ons.

  3. says

    a post of dutch baby and pure JOY!
    I can feel it right through the screen.
    you’ve got the spring bug and it’s beautiful! the best kind of bug to have!
    and I see that one of your cookbooks is right up my alley… barefoot contessa’s FOOLPROOF.
    this fool can’t cook. LOLOL!
    happy spring darling bean! xo♥

    • says

      Happy spring to you too, dear Tammy. And, I don’t believe for one second that you can’t
      cook. I’m guessing you can do just about anything you put your mind to.
      Wishing spring lasts a long time in your neck of the woods – I remember the insufferable heat you experienced
      last year.
      Sending hugs your way. xo

  4. says

    This looks heavenly, Susan! I don’t have a cast iron skillet and whenever I read a mouthwatering recipe like this I vow to get one! Soon I hope!

    Jane x

    • says

      I can’t believe you don’t have a cast iron pan, Jane. I thought you had everything!
      I think you need to treat yourself to one – next trip to Home Goods.

  5. says

    It’s funny, every time I’m starting to cut back on my food intake, someone posts something delicious looking lol

    Like Kim, I might have to get my cast iron out again 😉


    • says

      LOL. I know that feeling, Rue. Food blogs featuring photos of baked French toast or pancakes send me into the kitchen for the frying pan when just minutes before I was planning on a smoothie!

  6. says

    That looks yummy! I bet I can keep up with you, pan for pan, when it comes to making a mess in the kitchen. Hubby always wonders why I have to dirty every bowl I own every time I cook. I come by it honestly – my grandmother and great-grandmother cooked the same way! LOL
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I had used that pattern once before so I was a little familiar with it before I started those two an since they are made with a jelly roll and a charm pack there isn’t a lot of cutting. (just a lot of fuzz to clean out of the machine when they are finished!)

  7. says

    Hi Susan,
    It’s been a while since I have visited your site. I’ve been taking one day at a time living life and loving it. I thought that I would pop in and say hello as it has been some time…
    I love the list of books on this post, I have a few of them. Reading is such a great pass time not that I have much lol. Nice to see your blog again and hope to visit more often checking in on what’s happening. Happy Easter Susan

  8. says

    Susan! So lovely to hear from you and subsequently catch up on your posts! So much snow you have had! Now I have a hankering to make a Dutch Baby with a twist :-) Thanks so much for your encouragement, dear Susan. I am getting a little excited about feathering my first solo nest. Last night I read the current issue of Victoria and loved seeing how others have feathered theirs. xx

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