Bourbon-Cherry and Almond Dutch Baby

A couple weeks ago I put this photo on Instagram and asked you all to guess what I was making. There were several shout outs for clafoutis, tart, pie and cake. But apparently no one was suspecting breakfast.

Because it was THIS Bourbon-Cherry and Almond Dutch Baby! Boom!

Wasn’t that a fun guessing game we played? Just humor me, please.

If you haven’t made a Dutch baby yet, you should remedy that situation ASAP. It’s like a giant pancake, except without all the flipping. In fact, you can probably make this even if you’re still half asleep. Trust me. I speak from experience.


And like any good pancake, it’s all about the extras. Add in some seasonal fruits, like cherries (my FAVORITE!), and go totally overboard with the toppings. Like ALL THE TOPPINGS. Powdered sugar, whipped cream AND maple syrup are perfectly welcome here. And in this particular case, we are even treating ourselves to just the teeniest amount of bourbon. Life is real good sometimes. So giddy on up, friends.

But because a girl can’t just live on bourbon and maple syrup alone (can she?), let’s look at what else is in season for the month of June. Note: bourbon technically has no season.


At the start of every month, my friend Becky puts together an illustrated guide that highlights which fruits and vegetables are currently at their peak. This is the produce that is going to taste the best, and be the friendliest on your wallet and the environment. So download the guide and have it at the ready during your next shopping trip! Becky also has some inspiring recipe suggestions for June on her blog, so make sure to check those out as well.


AND a bunch of your other favorite food bloggers (ahem) have also created some awesome seasonal recipes to help us all get in the spirit of seasonal eating. Be sure to check out all the links below for even more ideas. And follow along with the hashtag #eatseasonal (and share your creations too!), for even more creative ideas!



Recipe adapted from my Meyer Lemon Dutch Baby

Bourbon-Cherry and Almond Dutch Baby

Serves 2-4

Bourbon-Cherry and Almond Dutch Baby


  • For the Pancake
  • 2 cups fresh cherries, stemmed and pitted
  • 2-3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • Powdered sugar for dusting, if desired
  • Maple syrup for serving, if desired

  • For the Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (granulated or powdered sugar will work)
  • 2 tsp. reserved bourbon


  1. Soak the cherries. Place the cherries in a shallow dish. Pour the bourbon over the cherries. The bourbon won’t cover the cherries all the way. That’s OK. Let the cherries soak in the bourbon for about 1 hour at room temperature, stirring them around once or twice during this time. Strain the cherries, reserving 2 tsp. of the bourbon.
  2. Make the Dutch baby. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Add the eggs, milk, flour, sugar, almond extract and salt to your blender and blend until smooth. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is melted and the skillet is hot, add the strained cherries. Let the cherries cook in the butter for about 1 minute. Then pour in the batter. Carefully transfer the skillet to your pre-heated oven and bake for 25 minutes.
  3. While the Dutch baby is cooking, make the whipped cream. Place the bowl of your stand mixer in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to chill. Remove it from the freezer and immediately add the chilled cream and the almond extract and start beating on medium-high speed with the whisk attachment. As it starts to thicken, add the sugar. Continue to beat until peaks form. Add the bourbon and beat until incorporated.
  4. Remove the skillet from the oven. The Dutch baby will be puffed up, but it will deflate as it cools. Top with the toasted almonds and the whipped cream (and some powdered sugar and maple syrup, if desired). Slice and serve immediately.

June Eat Seasonal Recipes

6june blogger photos and links

Blueberry Mint Gin Cocktail by Vintage Mixer

Breakfast Strawberry Shortcakes by Completely Delicious

Strawberry and Mango Kale Salad by Project Domestication

Spinach Salad with Grilled Strawberries, Asparagus & Walnuts by Simple Bites

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Waffles by The Lemon Bowl

Rhubarb Crumb Bars by Bless This Mess

Chocolate Cherry Cake with Chocolate Oat Streusel by Climbing Grier Mountain

Mini Lavender Pavlovas with Summer Berries by Cafe Johnsonia

Super Summer Detox Salad by Well Plated

Blueberry, Feta and Honey-Caramelized Onion Naan Pizza by Kitchen Confidante

Cumin Orange Shrimp-Stuffed Cucumber Boats by Cookin’ Canuck

Blueberry Buckle by Foodie Crush

75 comments on “Bourbon-Cherry and Almond Dutch Baby”

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  6. I know what I want for breakfast next weekend!

  7. I have got to try a dutch baby because I somehow never have! This is totally going to happen!

  8. This dutch baby is absolutely stunning, Liz! I’ve never had a flavor combo like this before, so I’m totally missing out. Love the cherry and almond in here!

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  10. Can I trade you mimosas for one of these?! Seriously gorgeous! Also, all seasons are bourbon season and I might just buy my maple syrup by the gallon (sorry not sorry!). XO

  11. STUNNING. Cherry twins fo’ life. I wanted to do a dutch baby recently but got discouraged. Now I am discouraged no more!

  12. It’s been a long time since I’ve made a Dutch baby, but a version with bourbon and cherries sound like a reason to make another one very soon!

  13. Beautiful! Love Dutch babies. Perfect use for all the lovely cherries right now 🙂

    • Thanks, Jennifer! They are one of my favorite things to make! And cherries = I just can’t stop right now!

  14. This is beyond stunning! The bourbon-cherry combo is amazing and loooove the toppings on this. Pinning!

  15. I love dutch baby!! I had a blueberry one just a week ago and now this cherry one is getting on my weekend list!! Love love it!!

  16. This sounds delicious! Do you think it would work without a cast iron pan too? Probably using a tart pan instead?

    • I’ve never tried it in anything other than a cast iron skillet. Your pan would need to be stove top AND oven safe…?

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  18. I’ll never forget my first Dutch baby…that is, until I try this one, because seriously? Bourbon AND cherries? This is incredible, Liz!

  19. I LOVE june seasonal produce!!! I’ve been waiting all year long for CHERRIES!!! one of my faves!!! love this dutch baby, Liz!!!!

  20. Naomi seriously needs to make this for me:)

  21. Liz this looks perfect! I was just at the store this morning and bought the most beautiful cherries! Now I know what I am going to use them for!

  22. Just pass the entire skillet!

  23. Maybe we could just try living on maple and bourbon for a while and see how it goes 😉 This is fabulous… of course.

  24. Great combination of flavors! Love cherries! Love that it is made in a skillet!

  25. Would you believe it if I told you I didn’t try a dutch baby until just 1 year ago?? I was totally missing out. Love the inclusion of bourbon in this, Liz! Bourbon in everything sounds like perfection 🙂

  26. Liz. WOW.

  27. This looks and sounds amazing! Cooking the Dutch babies in a cast iron pan makes such a great presentation.

  28. Is it sad that I’ve never made a dutch baby before? I think that needs to change and soon, this looks so delicious!

  29. Bourbon for breakfast? Why, yes please! Whoooo Hooo Liz! I was wondering what you were up to! This is so mouthwatering, so delicious… the cherries and almonds take this baby over the top! And your photography is killer! Thank you for the round up of seasonal recipes too…. I’ve gotta get over and see that blueberry buckle (OMG I need something sweeeeet!!).

    • Oh I hear you. I am pretty much always in desperate need of something sweet! Thanks for the great compliments, Traci!

  30. Ugh, such beauty! I could dive right into this one, Liz. Amazing!

  31. This looks delicious!

  32. I’m all about the extras, toppings… you name it! This looks amazing!

  33. This dutch baby is simply stunning, Liz! Love this cherry bourbon and almond combo! I seriously want to dive right in!

  34. hahahah I was WAY off on my guessing! Shucks!!! But, this looks awesome! And don’t ask me why, but I have never made a dutch baby….so I basically haven’t lived! I will put that on my to-do list for the next 2 weeks! MAKE DUTCH BABY! 🙂

  35. Confession: Ever single time I’ve made Dutch Babies I’ve ruined them. LOL, they aren’t even that complicated. I think that you might have just convinced me to try again. They look wonderful.

  36. I am one of those people who has yet to make a dutch baby – it’s pathetic! haha This sounds so so good with the bourbon and cherries! My husband would go nutssss for it!

  37. I’ve always been intrigued by dutch babies! I love the name and they seem like fancy pancakes! I have yet to eat cherries this season but I need to find some soon! And then make this dutch baby soon after 🙂

  38. Wow, this is soooo gorgeous! It definitely doesn’t look like breakfast, but I’m so glad it is. 😀 Want!!

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  40. That instagram of that Dutch baby set my tastebuds tingling!! And this does not disappoint! Wowzer!

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  42. Ive always wanted to try a dutch baby!! Looks absolutely stunning! I dont know if I want to mess it up! Haha!!

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