Dutch Baby with apples and apple butter

Neat twist on pancakes a fun treat!

If you’ve never had a Dutch Baby, you’re really missing out. A fluffy, baked pancake, usually cooked in a cast iron pan, this is what all breakfast foods wish they could be. When I spied both apples (from Hall’s Apple Market) and Apple Butter (from Barkey’s Apple Orchard) in my winter Farmers’ Feast basket from the Ottawa Farmers’ Market, I knew right away this was what I wanted to make. I enjoyed it with maple syrup, though my patient, taste-testing husband was really happy to slather his portion with more apple butter. Either way, it’s a fantastic breakfast treat!


  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) butter
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) Apple Butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) milk
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour
  • apple butter and/or maple syrup for serving


  • Preheat oven to 425F. Place butter in a 9” cast iron pan. Add apple slices then put the pan in the oven to heat and partially cook the apples minutes while you are making the batter.
  • If the apple butter is extremely thick (like peanut butter thick), heat it gently and briefly in a heatproof dish in the microwave, so it softens and becomes a little thinner in consistency. Stir and set aside.
  • In medium bowl, beat the eggs with an electric mixer or hand whisk then add the milk, apple butter, vanilla and sugar and beat to blend thoroughly.
  • Add flour to egg mixture and beat until smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the hot, buttered, apple-filled cast iron pan and return it into the oven.
  • Reduce oven heat to 375F and bake for about 20 minutes, until the pancake is puffed and golden.
  • Cut into wedges and serve immediately with apple butter and/or maple syrup on the side.

Serves 2.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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