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Summer Berry Dutch Baby

Looking for something a little different for your brunch? Try a Berry Dutch Baby! A puffy, sweet pancake loaded with fresh summer berries.

A cast-iron skillet with a baked berry Dutch baby.

For the end of #FarmersMarketWeek, I made a Dutch baby skillet pancake loaded with a mix of fresh summer berries.

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What is a Dutch Baby?

Dutch baby batter being poured into a cast-iron skillet.

A Dutch baby (sometimes called a German pancake) is a skillet pancake baked in an oven. It actually has more in common with a popover than traditional pancakes. It puffs up like a popover and deflates once out of the oven.

Despite being called "Dutch," the dish actually originated in the early 1900s in the United States. They are typically served at breakfast or brunch, or for dessert.

A Dutch baby in a cast-iron skillet dusted with powdered sugar.


Q: I don't have a cast-iron skillet. Can I use something else?

A: While cast-iron skillets are customary, others have successfully used rimmed 18x13 baking sheets, glass casserole dishes, and oven-safe non-stick metal skillets for baking their Dutch babies. However, I would seek out a recipe specifically for the baking dish you intend to use, so that you have the right amount of batter for your pan size.

Q: Can I use frozen fruit in this recipe?

A: Yes, but thaw before using in the recipe.

Q: Can I use fruit other than berries in this recipe?

A: Absolutely! Sliced apples or pears, chopped stone fruits, even chunks of melon can be used in Dutch babies.

Q: How do I store leftovers?

A: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, warm a wedge on a plate in the microwave until heated through, and give it a fresh dusting of powdered sugar. 

A slice of Dutch baby on a white plate in front of a cast-iron skillet.

Despite being aware of Dutch babies for many, many years, I'd never actually made one until recently, and I really think I've been missing out!

These are a great option for brunches if you don't want to be standing at the stove-top frying pancakes while your guests eat.

A dutch baby with berries in a cast-iron skillet.

Summer Berry Dutch Baby

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes

Looking for something a little different for your brunch? Try a Berry Dutch Baby! A puffy, sweet pancake loaded with fresh summer berries.


  • 3 large eggs
  • Zest of half a large lemon
  • ⅓ cup (2.33 oz/65 g) sugar
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • ⅔ cup (2.75 oz/75 g) all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup (155 mL) milk
  • 2 cups mixed berries, plus more for garnish
  • 4 tablespoons (2 oz/55 g) unsalted butter


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Set a 10-inch cast-iron pan over medium-low heat while you mix the batter.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest and salt.
  4. Mix in the flour and milk, then gently fold in the berries to coat them with batter.
  5. Turn the heat off under the skillet. Place the butter in the hot skillet to melt. Once melted, pour the batter with berries into the pan. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until brown around the edges and puffed in the middle.
  6. Place the skillet on a trivet, cut into 6 wedges and serve with additional berries and confectioners sugar or whipped cream.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 110mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g

I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.

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Saturday 7th of August 2021

I love Dutch Babies, such a great brunch or breakfast treat! Love the fresh berries in it!

Tamra Phelps

Friday 6th of August 2021

Just to let you know, I printed the recipe so I could use it, and it printed correctly. The &frac23 didn't appear on the printed sheet.

Tamra Phelps

Friday 6th of August 2021

It looks really good. I'm going to try it--I've always been a little intimidated by the idea of making a Dutch baby, I just assumed it was hard to do. But I think I can do this. (By the way, the recipe has a an issue, lol.-- Instead of seeing 2/3 cup, I'm seeing &frac23 for the flour and milk, and &frac13 for the 1/3 measurement of sugar.)

Sheila Thigpen

Friday 6th of August 2021

A tasty and beautiful brunch option — so easy, too!

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