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2 Jan

2010 brought a lot of great things, but it was also a lot more stressful than j & i could have ever imagined.  We both have high hopes for the future and thought the best way to kick things off would be by actually relaxing.  Things have been non-stop ever since the wedding and after family overload and end of year craziness at work we really just wanted some quiet.  We managed to get a three day weekend (!!!!!) and honestly we didn’t do a single thing.  There was no painting or spackle.  Nothing.  We cooked outstanding meals, slept in, spoiled the puppy rotten, watched endless netflix and made some big plans.  I had some serious quality time with my slippers and we decided a special breakfast was required to start the year off right.  Enter the dutch baby.

Super easy to make and a great way to break in my new cast iron pan (thanks mom).

Dutch Babies (German Pancakes)

2 eggs

1/3 c. milk (any kind will work we usually have skim or 2% but always organic)

1/3 c. flour (regular all purpose or whole wheat)

2 t. sugar

pinch of salt

splash of vanilla (optional)

2 T. unsalted butter for the pan

Preheat your oven and your cast iron skillet 9/10 inch is best  to 400 degrees (you can use a regular pie plate if you don’t have cast iron).    Mix together all the ingredients until smooth.  Once it’s up to temp drop the butter into the pan and make sure to coat evenly and then add the batter to the hot pan.  Bake at 400 for about 20 min then drop down to 350 for 10-15 minutes or until golden and puffed.  Serve with more butter, powdered sugar, lemon, honey, jam – whatever you’d like.  We did ours with a little more butter and local clover honey.  Serve with copious amount of coffee, thick sliced bacon in your favorite pjs and there’s no better way to kick off the year.

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