Monday, September 8, 2014

Individual Puff Pancakes ~ Breakfast on the Back Porch

Magical individual puff pancakes
I’m trying to soak up every bit of summer, before we transition into fall. The temperatures have been in the 80’s and 90’s, but I know fall is just around the corner. Before long it will be chilly and too cold to use our back porch. This morning however, the weather was perfect for an al fresco breakfast! I had some beautiful fresh raspberries, that I had just picked from my garden.  Also, some locally purchased peaches, that were on my counter begging to be eaten.  I thought of my options...French toast, waffles?Ah, but I didn’t want the mess. Then I remembered something I haven’t made for awhile. Puff Pancakes! Sometimes known as Dutch Babies, or German Pancakes. They even fit my summer mood!

These are just a perfectly elegant quick breakfast

I’ve been making puff pancakes for a very long time. You can see a full sized one here, where I posted it a few years back. They are perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast or as part of a brunch menu. The thing about puff pancakes is, they’re like magic! You first mix your main ingredients…eggs, flour, milk, a bit of vanilla, and some orange or lemon zest in a blender.  Place your muffin pan in a hot oven to heat, with a bit of butter in each cup.  When the pan is hot, and before the butter browns, pour the batter in.  Bake for between 15 and 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Magically you will have lovely puffed pancakes, ready to be filled. I always use whatever fruit is in season to fill my pancakes. Fresh fruit throughout the summer, and sauteed apples, or pears in the fall and winter.  I normally make my puff pancake in a 9 inch cast iron skillet or pie plate, but today I thought it would be nice to have individual servings. I decided to use a large (3½ inch cups) muffin tin to make them in. This recipe will make about 5 or 6 puffed pancakes when using the muffin pan.  Magic maybe…but they look great and taste even better!
Hope you’ll give these a try… and add some magic to your breakfast table!

Muffin tin with about a teaspoon of butter in each cup
Baking in the oven…love the magic
Perfect for filling
 This was a perfect way to enjoy our porch for an “End of Summer" breakfast
Wish you could join us!

Puff Pancakes
adapted from the Silver Palate Cookbook


2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
dash of salt
1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoon butter


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Put about a teaspoon of butter into each cup of a large muffin pan (my pan is no-stick and each cup of is about 3½ inches), then place in the pre-heated oven, watching to make sure the butter does not burn.
In the jar of your blender, mix together the eggs, milk, flour, salt, vanilla and zest.
Pour the batter only about ⅓ full, into the hot buttered muffin cups. If you do not fill all the cups with batter…put about a ¼ cup of water into each empty cup.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes (or until the pancake is firm, lightly browned and has puffed up around the edges). Squeeze on a little lemon juice and sprinkle with powdered sugar. 
You could also make this pancake in a 9 inch cast iron pan or pie plate. 
I always fill mine with fruit, but the choice is yours!

Other options: Sprinkle with brown sugar, or use some maple syrup
                       Spread with jam  
                       Fill with fresh berries or fruit
                       Lightly sprinkle with Grand Marnier
                       Fill with chestnut cream or sweetened ricotta
                       Instead of vanilla you can add cinnamon or other extract
                       The topping options are endless!


  1. Gotta take advantage of this warm weather and summer berries while we still can! These are such lovely breakfast pastries!

  2. Wow. This post has left me speechless... Stunningly beautiful, Kathy.

  3. Love them. Puff pancakes are a favorite. Great presentation:)

  4. These little puff nests filled with fruits are the perfect breakfast Kathy! So luscious!

  5. These puff nests look so perfect to end the summer!

  6. These are gorgeous, and so creative. I would love the texture of the nests. Opposite to you, I abhor summer, at least where I've been doomed to live, except for tomatoes and fruits and basil. I am counting the days till I can make this recipe with a pumpkin filling!!!

    1. Sounds delicious! Let me know how it comes out.

  7. Finally someone is crying over summer like me :) , we will be trapped inside our houses soon and cannot use the patios anymore. Anyway, this is how life goes. Your babies can be stuffed with almost anything!! The varieties are endless indeed, very clever and easy breakfast.

  8. Hi Kathy:)
    Yes, Fall is beckoning around the corner and I for one am not very happy about it...Don't get me wrong, I love Autumn and all it rewards us with but, Spring and Summer barely touched my back porch (if I had one, lol) It just went by wy to quickly...

    I've made many puff pancakes before. Never have I made individual ones though. What a wonderful idea. I usually add the fruit in with the Dutch Babies when I make them in the cast iron pan. However a choice of individual fillings is perfect for company or when I just can't decided which kind of feeling I'm in the modd for, lol...

    Thanks so much for sharing, Kathy...No sunshine to send you today:(

  9. My mom started making these after I went to college so I missed out on a lot of yumminess! I love your individual version...and will have to bake these up the next time we have company!

  10. I wish you were making breakfast at our house, too. These look awesome!

  11. I have a brilliant idea! How about you come on over to Oz cause our summer is starting :D
    Then we can eat your delicious little pancakes and enjoy ourselves basking in the sun!

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. Kathy, these individual adorable pancakes would be so elegant for a fancy brunch, as well! Love the pretty presentation, and it sure looks so delicious!

  13. I've had German Pancakes before which I really liked but had no idea you could make them in small sizes. And they are so pretty with the fruit. What a wonderful idea!

  14. How did I miss this post? I just came back to look at the chicken with curry en papillote and saw this. These look amazing, and I want to try them soon! (Having the chicken tonight!) xo, David

  15. Kathy, the photos again are stunning! I want this for breakfast, and since I live in perpetual summer it could be year round for me.