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Cherry Dutch Baby
Photo by Annabelle Breakey

Cherry Dutch Baby

Most likely based on the German pancake Apfelpfannkuchen, the Dutch (a mispronunciation of Deutsch, meaning German) baby is said to have been dreamed up at Manca’s Café, in Seattle, in the early 1900s. Until Manca’s closed, in 1988, the Dutch baby remained a signature dish. The recipe is also wonderful with other fruits if cherries aren’t in season.


  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups pitted sweet cherries
  • Powdered sugar
  • Lemon wedges
1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a blender, blend flour, granulated sugar, milk, eggs, and salt until smooth.

2. Melt butter in a 12-in. ovenproof frying pan over high heat. Add cherries; cook until warm, about 2 minutes. Pour in batter. Bake until golden brown and puffed, about 20 minutes. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice.


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