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Downton breakfast, part 3

February 12, 2012

This morning, with thoughts of tonight’s episode of Downton Abbey in my mind, I decided to make an old favorite of mine, popover pancake (aka Dutch baby, don’t ask me why). With the simplicity of ingredients, and the beauty of the presentation, I could imagine this being served to the family now that the war is over, but austerity measures are still in place as the country begins to rebuild. Plus it is just delicious!

My pancake didn’t pop over as successfully as my mom’s used to, but since the recipe, which I’ve borrowed from the Joy of Cooking, is so simple, there’s no harm in trying again!

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, and leave your cast iron skillet (mine is a 10-inch pan) in the oven to heat up as well. Whisk together 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup of milk, and two eggs in a bowl. Once the oven is hot, take the skillet out with your oven mitt, put 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet and move the skillet around so the butter coats the pan (JofC called for 4 tablespoons of butter, but that seems like an awful lot, even to Gia Dean over here!). Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and place back in the oven for about 15 minutes. The batter will raise up to look like a pancake balloon, but once it is removed from the heat will float back down again to settle into the pan.

The bottom will be crispy and the top quite soft, almost like a custard. You can enjoy plain, dusted with powdered sugar, with your favorite preserves, or with fresh cut fruit!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. anne sessions permalink
    February 13, 2012 9:07 am

    Hi Gia,

    Kate signed me up for your blog and I am really enjoying it! You have a true talent for writing and photography.
    Hope to see you soon,
    Anne Sessions

  2. March 2, 2012 7:30 am

    Thanks Anne! It was so much fun hanging out with you, Kate and Carolyn this summer at the Boathouse!

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