Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake

This post has been sponsored by Nespresso.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake is an easy light, puffy skillet pancake topped with mixed berries, whipped cream and powdered sugar!

Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake is an easy light, puffy pancake topped with mixed berries, whipped cream and powdered sugar!

I don’t usually post on Sunday, but I’m popping in today to serve you brunch!  Sit back, relax and get ready to enjoy this Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake with some of the most amazing coffee that you’ve ever had.

What a way to start the day. 🙂

The months of April and May are always a whirlwind of school sporting events and functions and it becomes exhausting.  Once summer arrives, I experience a sense of calm and I just want to savor every moment.

Brunch is a great way to do that.  There’s nothing like a leisurely weekend brunch, is there?

I love coffee so it’s important to me to enjoy a quality cup while I relax, whatever time of day it is.  Espresso has always been my coffee of choice because it’s so versatile, robust and creamy.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone out to coffee and spent $4 or more for one coffee drink and it’s subpar at best.   It’s beyond frustrating because that’s a lot of money to spend on coffee that I’m not happy with!

That’s all changed thanks to Nespresso. 🙂

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Nespresso has revolutionized the way millions of people enjoy their coffee.  The perfect cup of espresso coffee can be created with just the press of a button, and it rivals espresso drinks from a skilled baristas at the best coffee shops.

Nespresso’s focus is to deliver the highest quality of coffee cup after cup for coffee lovers that demand authentic quality and moments of pleasure any time of day.

I rarely go out to coffee now that I can make perfect barista quality coffee at home with the press of a button.  It’s so nice that I can enjoy a high quality coffee on busy mornings just as easily as a slow-paced weekend.

When I entertain for brunch, the food is often overshadowed by the amazing coffee.  My Nespresso VertuoPlus Machine gives me the ability to conveniently make coffee in 5 different cup sizes, including 1.35 oz. espresso, 2.7 oz. double espresso, 5 oz. Gran lungo, 8 oz. coffee and 14 oz. Alto.

The coffee capsules come in a range of sizes that are perfect for the coffee that you decide to brew, including Stormio, Melozio, Double Espresso Scuro, and Half Caffeinato.

There are also a wide range of Nespresso accessories complete all of your coffee needs, including View Espresso Glasses, Vertuo Coffee Mugs and Vertuo Column Dispenser.

Visit Nespresso.com to view their wide variety of machines, coffee and accessories!

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I brewed the Nespresso Americano recipe for my Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake.  The Americano is espresso coffee in a brew-sized drink, which allows me to savor it even longer.

The Americano couldn’t be easier to make with the Nespresso VertuoPlus Machine.

Simply plug in your machine, open the top and place your coffee capsule inside.  Lower the top and press the coffee button.

The first time you’re using the machine, hold down the coffee button during the entire brewing process until your mug has the desired amount of coffee, then release the coffee button.

You can do this for each coffee capsule size to program the machine.  Once programmed, simply press the coffee button, release and the machine will brew your coffee exactly the way you want it.

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The coffee takes less than 2 minutes to heat and brew, with the perfect barista-style quality crema.

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I served the Americano coffee in my beautiful Vertuo coffee mugs with spoons and my favorite almond milk.

Now that the coffee is served, it’s time to eat. 🙂

Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake

I’d never heard of a Dutch baby pancake before a few years ago and I was so intrigued.  While I love pancakes, flipping them can be time consuming and cumbersome, which takes away from that whole leisurely brunch thing.

If you’re not familiar with a Dutch baby pancake, the recipe was derived from a German pancake dish.  The pancake itself is reminiscent of a crepe or popover, and it puffs up to golden brown heights in the oven.

The pancake quickly deflates once it’s removed from the oven and releases the most amazing aroma.  If you close your eyes and breathe it in, you might think you’re standing in front of a crepe stand on the streets of Paris.

Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake is an easy light, puffy pancake topped with mixed berries, whipped cream and powdered sugar!

This Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake is so easy to make.  Simply preheat your oven to 425 degrees and place a cast iron skillet inside to ensure that it’s nice and hot.

You can certainly make a dutch baby pancake without a cast iron skillet.  A pie plate or any round oven safe dish will work, but the cast iron skillet results in more even cooking and a crispier, golden brown crust.

Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake is an easy light, puffy skillet pancake topped with mixed berries, whipped cream and powdered sugar!

The dutch baby pancake batter is blended in a food processor or blender so it’s smooth and lump-free.  I like to blend the batter while the oven preheats so the flour has time to absorb the liquid.  Once the oven is preheated, I give the batter a couple more pulses to blend just before pouring it into the piping hot skillet.

When the Dutch baby pancake is removed from the oven, you’ll hear plenty of oooh’s and aaah’s as it will be beautifully puffed.  The pancake will deflate quickly before your eyes but will still have some nice puffy edges. 🙂

Tips and Tricks for the perfect Dutch baby pancake

Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake is an easy light, puffy skillet pancake topped with mixed berries, whipped cream and powdered sugar!

Place the eggs and milk out at room temperature for about 30 minutes prior to preparing the batter.

I like to prep all of my ingredients before I preheat the oven so that the flour in the pancake batter has enough time to absorb the liquid.

Melt the butter and allow to cool slightly before blending it into the batter.

While the pancake is in the oven, prep your mixed berries, powdered sugar and whipped cream so that you can serve the pancake while it’s still fairly warm.

Customize your Dutch baby pancake

The mixed berries may be substituted with your favorite fruits, or you can even make a savory Dutch baby pancake recipe!

The whole wheat white flour may be substituted for the same amount of all purpose flour.

You can substitute the orange zest and vanilla extract with your favorite citrus zest, extract or spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger or my Homemade Chai Spice Mix.

Top with flavored whipped cream, powdered sugar, maple syrup or serve with an array of toppings that your guests can choose from for the ultimate brunch setting!

This Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake is so easy to prepare and will be a show stopper at your next brunch gathering.  It’s a slice of heaven paired with the perfect coffee drink!

With a brunch like this, be prepared for your guests to choose you to host brunch from now on. 🙂

Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake is an easy light, puffy skillet pancake topped with mixed berries, whipped cream and powdered sugar!

Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake

Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake is an easy light, puffy skillet pancake topped with mixed berries, whipped cream and powdered sugar!

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat white flour
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Place a 9 or 10″ cast iron skillet in the oven while it preheats.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter and leave out at room temperature to cool slightly.
  3. Place the eggs in a blender or food processor and process until foamy.
  4. Add the almond milk, maple syrup, orange zest, 1 teaspoon of the vanilla, flour and salt.  Cover and process until well combined and let stand at room temperature until the oven has preheated.
  5. Remove the skillet from the preheated oven and place the remaining 1 tablespoon butter in the hot skillet until melted and brush up the sides of the pan.  Pulse the pancake batter 2-3 times to redistribute the ingredients. Pour the batter into the skillet evenly and immediately place in the oven.
  6. While the pancake bakes, whip the cream.  Place the heavy whipping cream, granulated sugar and remaining vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Beat on medium high speed until medium peaks begin to form.  Whisk the cream by hand from there until it reaches the desired consistency (be careful not to over whip or the cream will turn into butter).
  7. Bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown and puffed.  Remove from heat — the pancake will deflate as it cools.
  8. Cool the pancake slightly, then slice and serve with the mixed berries, whipped cream and a dusting of powdered sugar if desired.
  9. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • Nutrition information was calculated using My Fitness Pal and is meant to be an estimate only.  The numbers will change based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.  The information provided does not include the whipped cream or powdered sugar as the amount used (if any) is a personal preference.  
  • I like to prep all of my ingredients before I preheat the oven so that the flour in the pancake batter has enough time to absorb the liquid.
  • The whole wheat white flour may be substituted for the same amount of all purpose flour.
  • The mixed berries may be substituted with your favorite fruits, or you can even make a savory Dutch baby pancake recipe!
  • You can substitute the orange zest and vanilla extract with your favorite citrus zest, extract or spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger or my Homemade Chai Spice Mix.
  • Top with flavored whipped cream, powdered sugar, maple syrup or serve with an array of toppings that your guests can choose from for the ultimate brunch setting!

Recipe source:  Flavor the Moments

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Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 1/6th of pancake

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 155
  • Total Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 77mg
  • Sodium: 90mg
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Protein: 4g

Mixed Berry Dutch Baby Pancake is an easy light, puffy skillet pancake topped with mixed berries, whipped cream and powdered sugar!