In Season for Summer: Peaches

Learn how to make a Dutch baby pancake, the perfect accompaniment to juicy peaches.

Each Sunday morning, I cook breakfast. It’s not my usual weekday breakfast of toast, a bowl of cold cereal or maybe some yogurt. It’s a proper breakfast, involving at least one of the following: eggs, pancakes, breakfast meat and maybe a baked good. I love these mornings.

I wake up on the later side, putter around the kitchen, look in the larder and put on some coffee. My husband, a late sleeper, always rises just in time to sit down to a filling breakfast. To me, this is the perfect close to a weekend.

I usually try to incorporate something fresh and seasonal to round out the meal, and one of my favorites is summer peaches. They are sweet, perfumed and syrupy—the perfect accompaniment to a Dutch Baby. What is a Dutch Baby, you might ask? It’s a large, puffy, baked pancake, and it is divine! It may look impressive, but in this case, looks can be deceiving. It mixes up in a matter of moments, and the oven does all the work. No flipping, no fretting—just eating. That’s the perfect Sunday breakfast.

Peach Dutch Baby

4 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
Pinch of salt
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 peach, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs until well blended and a bit frothy, about 1 minute. Sift and add flour, and blend with eggs until smooth. Add the milk and a pinch of salt, and mix well. Set aside.

In a 9-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. When the foam subsides, add the peach slices. Saute peaches until warmed through. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon, and continue to saute until the sugar is melted and the peaches begin to soften. Add the additional 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter and melt completely.

Pour in the egg mixture, making sure that the peaches are evenly dispersed. Bake for 20 minutes. The pancake should be puffy and brown, and will fall somewhat upon removing from the oven.

What’s your favorite way to eat peaches? Chime in below!

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