Sweet Banana Dutch Baby

For about 3 seconds this morning I convinced myself that I was a brilliant culinary genius. Ha! Pure hubris. I made something I always make and added another thing I sometimes make and it was really very good. I just got lucky. The fact that both things are so incredibly easy to do is the icing on the cake, so to speak.

Yes, this is breakfast and even though I am sort of committed to dinner and generally not all that interested in breakfast, this morning I made a Dutch Baby with Caramel Bananas and it was fabulous. We have a tradition in our house of eating a large slice of birthday cake in bed the morning following a birthday dinner. So I’d already eaten a big piece of banana caramel cream birthday cake. I hadn’t actually planned on having a real breakfast at all. Yet there I was, standing at the kitchen counter, sneaking a large corner of the pancake that I had made “for the kids”, mashing the custardy remains into the brown sugar syrupy leftover bananas in a bowl. The high note tang of the lemon was underscored by the dulce de leche sweetness of brown sugar.  It was dreamy.

I am a big fan of eating something very delicious and over the top in bed (like birthday cake), especially with a big cup of coffee and these Dutch babies would have been perfect. Add a good book, the sun streaming through an open window and that crisp earthy early spring smell coming in – what could be nicer than that?

Dutch Babies with Caramel Bananas

Dutch Baby – Joy of Cooking

20-22 minutes – start to finish

generously serves 4

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • powdered sugar and lemon slices to serve
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. Set the oven rack in the middle of the oven, leaving the space above clear.  This pancake will rise.
  3. Place 9 x 13 Pyrex pan in the oven with the stick of butter, cut into 6 pieces, in it to melt.  Don’t forget about it and burn it.  Just melt it.
  4. Whisk the milk, flour, sugar and eggs together in a medium sized bowl.
  5. Pour the contents of the bowl into the melted butter.
  6. Bake 15- 17 minutes. Call your children into the kitchen just before you pull it from the oven. The batter will have risen to great heights around the edges and become deeply browned.  The middle with be almost custardy and glisten with hot butter.
  7. Sift powdered sugar over the surface and serve immediately with lemon slices on the side.

Haydee’s Microwave Bananas – Best Food Writing 2003

4 Servings

3 minutes start to finish – you should start the bananas after the Dutch Baby has been in the oven for 10 minutes

The name doesn’t do them justice.

  • 2 ripe bananas – peeled and sliced into 1/2″ thick slices
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 heaping tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (I never do the cinnamon but the original recipe includes it)
  1. Place bananas, butter, sugar and cinnamon into microwave safe bowl and cook on high for 1 or 2 minutes.
  2. Spoon onto Dutch Baby.


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9 responses to “Sweet Banana Dutch Baby

  1. Kathleen Connelly

    This post is wonderful in so many ways… Guiltless indulgence! Birthday cake in bed! A whole stick of butter for four people! I have to wait for Dave to leave before Patrick and I can snuggle and gorge. Plus I love the image of spring (really, there can be such a thing as too much snow and cold) and hot coffee. Sigh. And where do you get your cheerful tableclothes!

  2. I get them in Sweden! Next time I go – shall I bring you one? They are so great because they’re coated and you can just wipe them down with a sponge. I am still envious, deeply envious of all your snow!

  3. Karen Cooper

    That detail of eating cake in bed, the day after your birthday, is glorious and inspired! I so want to eat this. You got me. Again.

  4. Ah – but the beauty of the birthday cake in bed tradition is that it doesn’t have to be your birthday – it could be anyone’s birthday! Just the fact that there is a birthday cake in the house is enough cause to eat birthday cake in bed!

  5. I had forgotten about Dutch Babies! My jet lagged children straggled out of bed starting at 5 this morning. This was a perfect special breakfast on an early early early Tuesday morning. The kids could do almost all of the prep themselves. The only glitch was that my oven took forever to get to 425, so the whole process took about 40 min.

  6. Hello Ms. Tartiflette,
    I really really really love Dutch Babies. They are super even though I almost never have powdered sugar, because I buy the exact amount I need for frosting. Luckily, Dutch Babies are good with jam or syrup or anything you’ve got. And 50x easier than pancakes! My friend Michelle alerted me to your blog — you know her friend Marcelle? Anyhow I also have a food (well, food and other stuff) blog. Or should I say, BLONG. I esp. admire the GAME PLAN section I saw in another post. Oh, and that you have a FAILED section. Anyhow, nice to meet you!

  7. No kidding! Although I admit I love pancakes of all stripes – Dutch Babies are the best! I grew up with powdered sugar and lemon, then my mom started making an apple version that my kids are highly enamored with but the sweet bananas are my favorite – I think it’s the lemon because usually bananas leave me cold.

  8. Sarah….I am a huge fan of your little Wedding Favor Cookbook your gave out at your wedding, and am now famous in my family for your Dutch Babies because of it…your blog is wonderful and Beverly & I will eagerly read it. Would love to see you guys sometime soon.

    Love….Uncle Dummy

  9. Thanks Uncle Dummy! It was my sister’s wedding booklet but I did contribute to it! I loved her book too and I use it fairly often. I wrote the chocolate mole cupcake recipe. Glad you like the blog!

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