Sometimes a recipe shared is just that, a recipe shared. While this awesome Dutch Baby isn’t directly tied to the National Days we celebrate today, it does compliment the day. Today is National Gardening Day. Just look at all the luscious berries – if that doesn’t scram bountiful gardening, I don’t know what does.
Whether you plant a vegetable, fruit or flower garden is entirely up to you. You could even honor National Gardening Day by bringing houseplants into your home. Just being around things that are growing is beneficial to our overall well being. While we won’t be planting our garden today, we have been preparing the beds and formulating our plans. The point of National Gardening Day is to send out a call to action to participate in a project that will give so much. Enjoy!
Today is also Look up at the Sky Day. Be it sunrise or sunset, a mid-afternoon glance or a starry, starry night, looking up is always special. When we look up, we realize how small we are in the scope of the universe. Yet as small as we might feel, the fact that we are here speaks volumes as to how special our existence must be. We are all connected in a special, unseen way. When we look up, we realize that this same perfect sky is seen by everyone who takes the time to look up. It connects us. And it reminds us of how awesome life can be. The sky doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, it is simply there for you, Some things that are priceless, with the greatest of value, don’t cost a dime. Look up – soak it all in.
Finally, today is Nation Reach As High As You Can Day. Goals need not be all about success in the monetary sense. Set a goal to strive for happiness. That’s a fairly lofty goal indeed, yet if we can achieve happiness, that same happiness would spill out into the world around us. Just imagine what a wonderful world it could be.
Today seemed the perfect day to share one of my favorite breakfast-brunch delights. I love the light airiness of a Dutch Baby Pancake. I adore the sweetness of freshly whipped cream. The fruit are extra – yet I could not imagine serving anything less.
Dutch Baby Pancake with Fresh Fruit
1/2 cup Flour
1 cup Milk
2 large Eggs
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 tablespoons Butter
Note: Place a stand mixer bowl and whisk in the freezer to chill. Let milk, eggs and butter come to room temperature before proceeding. In a hurry? Place eggs in a bowl of warm water to speed up the process. Place milk in the microwave and “zap” in 10 second intervals until chill is gone. Since the butter won’t be used for a while, simply slice 2 tablespoons from a stick and set aside.
Place the flour, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a blender or food processor. Blend for 10 seconds, scrape down the sides, and then blend for another 10 seconds. The batter will be quite runny.
Leave the batter in the blender and set aside to rest 20 to 25 minutes. This gives the flour time to absorb the liquid.
While the batter rests, place a Number 8 cast iron skillet in the oven, heat oven to 425 degrees. Make the fresh whipped cream.
1 cup Heavy Cream
3 tablespoons Sugar
Remove mixing bowl and whisk from the freezer. Pour heavy cream into the bowl. Add sugar, whip on medium-high until peaks begin to form.
Increase to high for about a minute or 2, just until firm.
Place sweetened whipped cream in a glass bowl, hold at the back of the refrigerator until ready to use.
Prepare the fruit topping.
1 cup Strawberries
1 cup Blackberries
1/2 cup Blueberries
Powdered Sugar for dusting
Rinse all the fruit. Stem strawberries, cut in half or quarters depending upon size. Place strawberries in a bowl. Add black berries and blueberries.
If fruit isn’t naturally sweet, add a little sugar or honey and toss. Chill fruit until ready to use.
When ready to make the pancake, remove the skillet from the oven and add the butter and swirl the pan to melt the butter and coat the bottom and sides of the pan.
Pour the batter on top of the butter. Tilt the pan if needed so that the batter runs evenly to all sides. Place the skillet in the oven.
Bake until the Dutch baby is puffed, lightly browned across the top, and darker brown on the sides and edges, about 15 minutes.
You can either serve from the pan or transfer the Dutch baby to a serving platter. Dust with powdered sugar. Garnish with whipped cream and fresh fruit.
Serve alongside remaining whipped cream and fruit to enjoy as desired. Perfect with fresh brewed coffee and tall, chilled glasses of orange juice.