Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Oscar's Dairy Free German Pancake

Today I have a guest blogger; my husband Oscar:

First off, this is more related to popovers than pancakes, but is so easy I love it.  It actually eats more like french toast, but so much simpler than dipping bread in egg mixture.

German Pancake:

Single Batch:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Put 1 Tbsp butter substitute in a 10 inch pie plate (9 inch will work but take longer to cook).
3 eggs
1/2 c milk, milk substitute, or water (We use Almond milk with excellent results)
1/4 tsp salt   ( can reduce to 1/8, do not skip entirely )
1/2 cup flour   ( I measure then sift this in, but it works OK without )

Mix well.  
Put pie plate in oven on middle or high rack until butter melts.  Watch it or check frequently, as this is usually less than 1 minute.
Pull out oven rack, pick up pan to slosh butter around to coat bottom of dish and at least halfway up the side, then pour batter directly into hot pie dish.
Push oven rack back in and close oven.
Bake for 15-25 minutes.  
The edges should be a golden to medium brown with flecks of dark brown or black.
The middle should be "set" but may look a bit undercooked if the butter ended up inside the rim.
The edges and sometimes parts of the middle will pop up, sometimes as high as 4-5 inches.

Feeds 2-4 if it isn't the only part of breakfast.  You can treat it as a sweet breakfast with butter and syrup or fruit, or you can treat it as a savory meal adding meat and/or veggies. 

Double Batch:

Use 6 eggs, 1 c "milk", 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 c flour.  Use 2 Tbsp of butter substitute in a 13 x 9 pan.
I find the Double Batch cooks slightly faster, so be sure to start checking after 12 minutes.

(Anal-Retentive chef note:  I mix the flour in with the rubber spatula I will use to move the batter to the cooking dish, then mix the lumps of flour in with an egg beater.  The dish cooks just fine without this, but I do it anyway)


Karen said...

I'm thinking this is like a cross between popovers and Yorkshire pudding, yes?

AlisonH said...

@Karen: yes.

I haven't made this in ages but it's well loved around here. Good stuff--thank you for reminding me of it!

Anonymous said...

Uh, yum!

LynnM said...

That's a picture! So glad it's become a new favorite! 'Tis a pity you can't have citric acid but you have inspired me to experiment with other toppings.

Don Meyer said...

This reminds me of a popover my wife used to make, except hers were round. Maybe that's because she used a round container. I used to make it, too, but stopped when I lost the use of one hand. I was leery of taking it out of the oven with only one hand.

Jessica Jensen said...

The title of your dish is Dairy Free German Pancake, yet your first instruction is to put butter in the pan. I would recommend either altering your recipe, or the title of your dish so as not to lead people on.