Vanilla Bean Dutch Baby Pancake

Vanilla Bean Dutch Baby Pancake

With its fluffy texture, delicate sweetness, and irresistible aroma, the Vanilla Bean Dutch Baby Pancake evokes a sense of nostalgia and brings a personal touch to breakfast or brunch. Join me on a delectable journey as we delve into the magic of this delightful treat that will surely captivate your taste buds.

Picture this: a lazy Sunday morning, warm sunlight filtering through the curtains, and the tantalizing scent of vanilla lingering in the air. This is the scene that unfolds in my kitchen as I prepare a Vanilla Bean Dutch Baby Pancake. As I crack the eggs and whisk them with creamy milk, the anticipation builds. Adding a generous amount of vanilla bean seeds brings an extra layer of depth to the batter, infusing it with a heavenly fragrance. The sizzle of melted butter in the oven-safe skillet sets the stage for what is about to come—an airy, golden pancake that puffs up dramatically in the oven, creating a visual spectacle. The joy of watching it rise is surpassed only by the delight of slicing into the pancake, revealing its tender interior.

Vanilla Bean Dutch Baby Pancake

Vanilla Bean Dutch Baby Pancake

The beauty of a Vanilla Bean Dutch Baby Pancake lies in its simplicity and versatility. Here's a delightful recipe to help you create your own pancake masterpiece:


  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped or 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or pure vanilla extracts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  • Fresh berries, for serving


  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Place a 10-inch oven-safe skillet inside the oven while it preheats.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla bean seeds, and salt until well combined and smooth.
3 large eggs
3/4 cup whole milk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean
1/4 teaspoon salt
3. Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven and add the butter. Swirl the skillet to evenly coat it with the melted butter.
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4. Pour the batter into the hot skillet and return it to the oven. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the pancake is puffed and golden brown.
5. Remove the pancake from the oven and let it cool for a minute. It will deflate slightly as it cools.
6. Dust the pancake with powdered sugar and serve it warm with fresh berries. Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

  • Be sure to preheat the skillet in the oven to achieve that impressive puffiness.
  • For a gluten-free option, you can substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend.
  • Experiment with different toppings and fillings, such as caramelized apples, sliced bananas, or a drizzle of chocolate sauce, to create your own unique flavor combinations.
  • To enhance the vanilla flavor, you can also add a teaspoon of pure vanilla paste or extract to the batter.
  • Serve the pancake immediately after baking for the best texture and taste.
Whether you're looking to impress loved ones or treat yourself to a moment of indulgence, this Vanilla Bean Dutch Baby pancake is a timeless classic that never fails to delight. So, grab your apron, preheat the oven, and immerse yourself in the delightful aromas and flavors of this enchanting pancake. Savor every bite, creating new memories while honoring the cherished ones. Trust me, this is one recipe that will become a beloved staple in your culinary repertoire.

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