Strawberry Dutch Baby Recipe

By Jeri Mobley-Arias
April 10, 2024 | Updated on May 15, 2024

This Dutch baby recipe makes one big, puffy German pancake, topped with marinated strawberries and homemade whipped cream. With crisp, golden brown edges, and a soft, eggy center, this standout dish is perfect for breakfast and brunch.

Once you make this, you’ll want to try more Dutch baby recipes. So check out my Apple Dutch Baby and Savory Dutch Baby next!

strawberry dutch baby in a cast iron skillet

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This isn’t my first Dutch baby recipe but it might be the best! I add citrus-kissed batter to a hot, buttery skillet, bake the pancake then serve it with sumac strawberries, whipped cream, and a sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar. It’s sweet, fruity, fluffy, and so nice to look at!

strawberry dutch baby in a cast iron skillet

Why This Strawberry Dutch Baby Recipe Works

  • Easy to Make – It may look gourmet but it’s so simple to make. Mix your batter, pour it into a sizzling skillet, bake, top, and serve!
  • Great for Serving – As easy as this recipe is, it still manages to impress everyone. And although it has a stunning presentation, it tastes even better! Serve it on holidays like Christmas morning and Easter Sunday for a special treat.
  • Versatile – What I love most about Dutch babies is their versatility. The flavor of the pancakes pairs well with a variety of toppings. Today, it’s strawberries but next time it may be a berry medley or caramelized bananas. You can also serve it for breakfast or dessert.
close up view of strawberry toppings for dutch baby recipe

What is a Dutch Baby?

A Dutch baby is a large German pancake baked in a hot cast iron skillet. It’s been described as a cross between a pancake, crepe, popover, and Yorkshire pudding. Although it’s traditionally made sweet, it can also be served savory.

Tools You’ll Need

marinated strawberries in a bowl

Ingredients

This Dutch baby recipe has four elements: the Dutch baby itself, the strawberry topping, vanilla whipped cream, and the powdered sugar topping. Together, it’s a tasty balance of flavors and textures.

Dutch Baby

  • All-purpose flour – This ingredient gives the pancake structure.
  • Whole milk – Room temperature milk enriches the batter, making it creamy.
  • Eggs – Eggs ensure light, fluffy German pancakes. Use room temp eggs for the best results.
  • Unsalted butter – Use this fat to grease the skillet. It adds flavor to the Dutch baby and helps it brown.
  • Sugar – This adds sweetness to the batter.
  • Pure vanilla extract – I use Nielson-Massey Madagascar Vanilla.
  • Spices – For warm flavor, add cinnamon and nutmeg (preferably freshly ground).
  • Lemon zest – This adds a vibrant touch of citrus flavor to the pancake.
  • Kosher salt – Use Diamond Crystal to enhance the overall flavor.
eggs added to German pancake batter in a measuring cup

Sumac-Strawberries

  • Strawberries – Ensure the berries are hulled and halved (quarter if you want smaller pieces).
  • Sugar – Use both granulated sugar and light brown sugar for balanced sweetness.
  • Lemon zest – This bright, tangy taste of lemon zest enhances the natural flavor of the strawberries.
  • Sumac – This Middle Eastern spice is a game changer. It imparts a sweet, tart taste and also enhances the red hue of the strawberries.
  • Kosher salt – Diamond Crystal enhances the overall taste.
batter for dutch baby recipe in a measuring cup

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • Heavy whipped cream – Use very cold whipped cream to achieve the perfect consistency.
  • Sugar – This sweetens the whipped cream.
  • Pure vanilla extract – I use Nielson-Massey Madagascar Vanilla to give the cream warm vanilla flavor.
  • Kosher saltA pinch balances the sweetness and add some depth.

Topping

  • Powdered sugar This sweet final touch enhances the overall taste and presentation.
butter melting in a cast iron skillet

How To Make a Dutch Baby

The hands-on prep for this Dutch baby recipe is minimal (just 10 minutes). But the strawberry mixture needs 2 hours for the flavors to meld, so plan ahead to avoid rushing the cooking process.

Strawberries

Two hours before starting on the dutch baby, add hulled and sliced strawberries to a bowl. Add both sugars, lemon zest, sumac, and salt. Carefully stir to combine. Cover with cling wrap and place in the refrigerator.

Dutch Baby

batter poured into a cast iron skillet
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Make batter. Combine flour, eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest, and salt in bowl.

Then use an immersion blender to mix until well combined.

3. Bake. Heat 10″ cast iron skillet over high heat for 2 minutes. Lower heat to low and add butter. Once melted, add batter to the skillet. Transfer to the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the pancake is golden brown and perfectly puffed.

a dutch baby baked until golden brown

4. To Serve. Remove dutch baby from the oven. Top with sumac strawberries then dust with powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy your Dutch baby recipe!

strawberry dutch baby in a cast iron skillet

Homemade Whipped Cream

Add very cold heavy whipping cream, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt to a small mixing bowl. Use an immersion blender to whip it up until the mixture thickens. Cover and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Tips for the Best Dutch Baby Recipe

  • Add the batter to an already hot skillet. This gives the dish a nice rise and a tasty brown crust.
  • All the Dutch baby ingredients should be room temperature. This makes it easier to combine all the ingredients. It also helps the pancake rise.
  • Keep the oven door closed. Peeking can deflate the pancake prematurely. Turn the oven light on instead to observe without letting a gush of cool air in.
strawberry German pancake in a skillet

What to Serve with Dutch Babies

This strawberry Dutch baby recipe is one of my favorite ways to serve this dish but you have so many options when it comes to toppings.

  • Maple Syrup Drizzle syrup over it for a classic, sweet finish.
  • Spreads – For depth of flavor, add a spread like Nutella, lemon curd, or fruit jam (like this Tomato Jam).
  • Other Fruits Instead of strawberries, try cherries, blueberries, or apples.
  • Traditional Breakfast – Serve with eggs and bacon, for a classic breakfast meal.

Storage & Reheating

Although Dutch babies are best eaten immediately, you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, pop it in the toaster oven or air fryer at 300°F until warmed through. Do not use a microwave because the pancake will become soggy.

close up view of strawberry dutch baby in a cast iron skillet

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called a Dutch baby?

This term for German pancakes was coined by Victor Manca’s (the owner of Manca’s Cafe) daughter, who mispronounced “Deutsch” (the term Germans use to describe themselves) as “Dutch.” The pancakes are of course, German and not from the Netherlands. It’s alleged that the cafe owned the trademark for “Dutch baby” in 1942.

Do you have to use a cast iron skillet for a Dutch baby?

You can make a Dutch baby without a cast iron skillet however, cast iron is ideal for this recipe because it retains heat well. Use an oven-safe pan like stainless steel, a ceramic casserole dish, or even a cake pan as a substitute.

What makes Dutch baby pancakes different?

While traditional pancakes are cooked on the stove, Dutch babies are baked in the oven. The German pancakes are also thicker and heartier than a standard pancake.

close up view of a strawberry dutch baby in a cast iron skillet

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strawberry dutch baby in a cast iron skillet

Strawberry Dutch Baby Recipe

This Dutch baby recipe makes one big, puffy German pancake, topped with marinated strawberries and homemade whipped cream. With crisp, golden brown edges, and a soft, eggy center, this standout dish is perfect for breakfast and brunch.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating Time 2 hours
Author Jeri Mobley-Arias
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • 2 mixing bowls small and medium
  • Cling wrap
  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Immersion Blender

Ingredients

Dutch Baby

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole milk, room temp
  • 2 large eggs, room temp
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, I use Nielson-Massey Madagascar Vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, preferably freshly ground
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, Diamond Crystal

Sumac-Strawberries

  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved (quarter if you want smaller pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon sumac
  • teaspoon kosher salt, Diamond Crystal

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipped cream, very cold
  • tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract I use Nielson-Massey Madagascar Vanilla
  • pinch kosher salt

Topping

  • powdered sugar

Instructions

Strawberries

  • 2 hours before starting on the dutch baby, add hulled and sliced strawberries to a bowl. Add both sugars, lemon zest, sumac, and salt. Carefully stir to combine. Cover with cling wrap and place in the refrigerator.

Dutch Baby

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Make batter. Combine flour, eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest, and salt in bowl and use an immersion blender to mix until well combined.
  • Bake. Heat 10" cast iron skillet over high heat for 2 minutes. Lower heat to low and add butter. Once melted, add batter to the skillet. Transfer to the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the pancake is golden brown and perfectly puffed.
  • To Serve. Remove dutch baby from the oven. Top with sumac strawberries then dust with powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • Add very cold heavy whipping cream, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt to a small mixing bowl. Use an immersion blender to whip it up until the mixture thickens. Cover and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
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