Saturday, July 7, 2007

German Pancakes

I have heard these called Hootenannies (my husbands family), Dinosaur Pancakes (Chappel family I babysat for as a kid) and Dutch Babies (The Pancake House down the street). I know them for what they really are...German Pancakes. I even had a German roommate in college (Peace Ursula!) who signed off on their authenticity. So I'm assuming my preferred name is the correct one. Family lore says my sister Laura brought this recipe home from her 8th Grade 'Cooks and Chefs' class at Butler Middle School. They were always a family favorite except the handful of times when Faezer tried to jazz things up by adding grated cheese. I love my mother dearly, but what a weirdo.
German Pancakes

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Put 3 Tablespoons butter or margarine in a 9x13 or split into two 8-9" pans and stick in pre-heating oven. (The butter will burn if you don't watch it. Don't put it in too early. Margarine won't burn if you want to use that. I prefer butter forever and always.)

In a large mixing bowl (I like my glass 8 cup batter bowl with handle and spout) combine:
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
6 eggs
dash of salt (You can add a lid full of vanilla too if you want.)

Beat together with electric mixer until smooth.
By now, hopefully your oven is completely pre-heated and the butter has melted and is bubbly and just starting to brown. Pull the oven rack out a bit and dump in your batter. Try to be quick so you don't let all the heat out. Also try not to burn your forearms.

Cook for 20 minutes. (Turn the oven light on so your kids can watch.)

Serve immediately with your favorite pancake toppings. 
(I prefer applesauce, Cousin Kimmy's Caramel syrup, and spray whip...but that's just me.)

(If we're being honest, this tastes almost exactly like the Yorkshire Pudding I've eaten in England so if you want to go totally crazy, throw some pot roast and gravy on top and go wild. Or, ya know, just some grated cheese...)



Linz said...

you know, I think my grandma used to make these, but she called them "Popeye pancakes" They are sooo yummy! THanks!

The Johnson's said...

Thanks for the recipe. My wife is gonna love'em!