Hootenanny! (AKA German Pancake Or Dutch Baby)
Updated: Jul 25
Hootenanny, also known as a Dutch baby or German pancake, is a baked, egg-based concoction that puffs up like a soufflé. It's much less fussy than a traditional soufflé, and really eggy and delicious.
When I was a little kid, I used to love it when we had house guests, because my mom would always make Hootenanny for breakfast when we had company. It was so fancy and extravagant! I always assumed it was really complicated, because it was reserved, mostly, for holidays and guests.
When I was a bit older, I asked my mom to teach me how to make it, and it turns out, it's extremely easy to make. It's also made of basic ingredients, most of us already have in our kitchen.
My mom always made this sweet, and most of the time I do too (my kids like the sugar....go figure), but you can also make it savory. I have added cream cheese and spinach to make a savory brunch dish. Of course served with syrup and fruit is the fan favorite, but you have options. Lemon and powdered sugar is also a classic.
I will give the base recipe below, and then add a few notes about variations you can do. Feel free to make this recipe your own, and adjust as you like.
I've never made this with gluten free flour, but I have made it with non-dairy milks. All of them will work, but I find coconut milk to work the best.
The recipe below is for a full batch which will fill a 9" x 13" baking pan and serves approximately 6 people. I normally do a 1/2 batch for my kids, and I've made a 1/3 batch for just myself before. It always turns out.
1 cup of milk
1 cup of flour
salt to taste (+/- 1/2 teaspoon)
1 stick of butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and put the butter in the 9" x 13" baking pan into the heating oven to melt.
Blend all the remaining ingredients in the blender (including any optional ingredients, except the brown sugar).
Once the butter in your pan has melted thoroughly, out it out and if you like, sprinkle brown sugar and some cinnamon into the butter.
Pour in your ingredients and bake for 30-40 minutes, depending how crispy you like it.
Per serving (1/6 of entire recipe)
Total fat 14.4g
Sat fat 7.2g
Total Carbs 19.1g
1. Do the brown sugar method, and serve with bananas foster on top
2. Leave out the cinnamon and brown sugar. squeeze the juice of a lemon on top and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
3. Serve with chocolate chips and sliced bananas.
4. Do a savory version. Serve with creamed spinach.
Come up with your own variations!