We’re in the middle of winter and I’ve just reached the point in the season at which I find myself really craving warm weather. In full disclosure, I am not a winter person. But I am the kind of person that believes there is always, always something to be grateful for. And at this moment, when all that my body is craving is sunshine, I look to nature’s remedy for this dreary season. Citrus, specifically, blood oranges! Beneath their peel, lies a vibrant ruby flesh, that has the bright flavor of a classic orange with lovely notes of raspberry. No matter how cold, wet or dark winter can be, blood oranges have a special way of giving me joy. Brightening my day with their beautiful splendor! Which is why I chose them as the inspiration for my latest recipe: a blood orange buttermilk dutch baby.
puffy pancake a.k.a. dutch baby origins:
This dutch baby recipe features another one of my favorite ingredients: buttermilk. I could wax on about my deep love for buttermilk, the way it lends its tangy flavor to all manner of carbohydrates ie; cakes, cornbread, pie crust, and of course, pancakes! In this case, we are making a big puffy oven pancake, lovingly referred to as a Dutch baby. The origin of this puffy oven pancake is actually German. “Derived from a German pancake dish, it is said that the name Dutch baby was coined by one of Victor Manca’s daughters. Where “Dutch” perhaps was her corruption of the German autonym deutsch” – thank you Wikipedia ;) Now that we’ve clarified why this puffy pancake is called a dutch baby, let’s talk about why you need to make one! This buttermilk one specifically ;)
I’m actually surprised that I have never shared a dutch baby recipe here on the blog before now. They are probably the easiest breakfast treat there is! With only about 2 minutes of active time to put the batter together and then the oven does the rest of the work. No standing over a griddle flipping pancake after pancake. Just a quick whiz in the blender, 20 minutes in the oven and you have a glorious puffy pancake that you can top with whatever your heart desires. My typical dutch baby topping formula is as follows: a dusting of powdered sugar, a seasonal fruit, something creamy & a sweet drizzle.
blood oranges, creme fraîche, & honey – oh my!
Blood oranges, creme fraîche, and honey are the ultimate trio for a dutch baby. Like I should probably trademark this combination, lol! But in all seriousness, a buttermilk dutch baby topped off with rich creme fraîche, refreshing blood oranges and a generous drizzle sweet local honey. It’s a food experience that is so simple, yet so divine.
By now, you should be pretty convinced that you need to make this blood orange buttermilk dutch baby. Especially because with as long as winter may seem to drag on, but before we know it, spring will be here. The cold days of winter will fade and along with them, blood oranges will all be just a memory with another year of waiting before their return.