Friday, February 5, 2010

German Pancakes, Dutch Babies, Oven Pancakes or Humps and Hills

Call them whatever you like but they are simple to make and taste delicious. We've always called them Humps and Hills because our neighbors in Houston, The Parcell's, who introduced us to this recipe, called them that. Kids love them because they look so fun!

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  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 TBS sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 TBS unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
Place a 9x13" pam into your oven on the middle rack.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees with the pan inside
Mix all the ingredients together until really smooth. You can do this in a blender or in a small mixing bowl with a hand mixer. The batter is thinner than a regular pancake batter, it's more like a crepe batter.
Carefully remove the hot pan from the oven. Grease the bottom but not the sides of the pan and Pour the batter in. Place it back in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Now- don't start checking it after 10 minutes. It will LOOK done after about 10 minutes but it will still be flat and not puffy- PUT YOUR HANDS UP AND STEP AWAY FROM THE OVEN! Leave it shut and let it do it's thing! OK, you can watch through the window if you promise not to open it!  When the buzzer rings, take out the beautiful puffy goodness and serve immediately. It will start to fall so you want everyone sitting at the table waiting.
Serve it with any or all of the following. Sprinkled with some lemon juice and powdered sugar, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, plain old syrup or with fresh fruit and a dollop of whipped cream.

6 comments:

Tracie said...

I've never made these. I'll bet my kids would love them.

suzicate said...

Can't wait to try this!

The Crazy Coxes said...

Old family tradition!
We love these!
You'll be shocked, but my recipe has a whole stick of butter in it.

tickledpinktwice said...

OMG...these look absolutely delicious. Would you say this is a dessert or breakfast item? Who cares! I think we are going to give this ago this weekend!

Thanks for the visit!

Susan said...

This looks delicious!!!

But, Margaret! I'm so sorry! When I changed my blogs around last night I completely forgot that I removed my picture and email address from the top left hand corner :( It was still available in the tabs the tabs meant to be about me, but here it is:

theshoppeowner at gmail dot com

So sorry for the inconvenience!

Hugs, Susan

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

Oooh yummmmmmmmmmy! I will have to save this recipe!!

Thanks for the paint color advice! I think I am going for the greens and grays!