This post was originally published here June 8, 2015. I’ve updated the recipe instructions so this Dutch baby pancake can now be made miniature in a standard 12-cup muffin tin! So if you don’t have a cast iron skillet, it’s not a problem!
If you’re a regular around these parts, then you know I love a good Dutch baby. But I often get asked “can I make this recipe if I don’t have a cast iron skillet?”. And up until now, I didn’t have a satisfactory answer to that question. So I decided to find out.
Spoiler alert: YES you can!
These Mini Bourbon-Soaked Cherry and Almond Dutch Baby Pancakes are baked in a standard 12-cup muffin tin. And I’m confident in saying that a muffin tin is a kitchen item that most people have in their homes. So I hope that makes this recipe more accessible to everyone. Because I firmly believe that a Dutch baby should be part of everyone’s cooking repertoire!
Other than baking these individual Dutch babies in a muffin tin instead of making a single large pancake in a cast iron skillet, the rest of the process is the same as ever: (1) make the batter in your blender, (2) pour it into your pre-heated baking vessel with melted butter, (3) bake and watch it puff up through the window of your oven, (4) add all the toppings and enjoy!
These Dutch babies are topped with fresh cherries that have been soaked in bourbon, sliced almonds, powdered sugar and of course, maple syrup. I think these miniature versions might be even MORE fun to top, because each one is like a little purse that you can fill up with whatever you desire! It’s super satisfying to do so. Almost as satisfying as eating them!
Mini Bourbon-Soaked Cherry and Almond Dutch Baby Pancakes
For the Cherries:
- 2 cups fresh cherries, stemmed, pitted and halved
- About 2 tablespoons bourbon
For the Dutch Baby:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 6 tablespoons salted butter, cut into 12 pieces
- About 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- Maple syrup
- Powdered sugar
- Place the cherries in a shallow bowl. Add the bourbon and stir to coat the cherries. Let the cherries soak in the bourbon for about 1 hour at room temperature, stirring them every 15-20 minutes.
- Add all the ingredients for the Dutch baby except for the butter to your blender. Blend on high for about 20-30 seconds. Then stop and use a spatula to scrape down the sides and around the blades of the blender. Blend again for about 20 seconds. Set the batter aside to rest.
- Place an oven rack in the middle of your oven, removing any racks positioned above it. Then set your 12-cup muffin tin on the rack. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Once the oven is pre-heated, carefully remove the muffin tin. Add one piece of butter to each of the wells in the muffin tin. Then place the muffin tin back in your oven to fully melt the butter, about 1 minute.
- Carefully remove the muffin tin and scoop 1/4 cup of the batter into each of the wells. Transfer back to your oven and bake for 13-15 minutes, or until the Dutch babies have puffed and are golden brown.
- Remove the muffin tin from the oven and set it on a wire rack to cool for about 2 minutes. The Dutch babies will start to deflate almost instantly. That is normal.
- Using a pair of tongs, remove the Dutch babies from their wells and place them on your serving plates. Fill each one with some of the bourbon-soaked cherries and sliced almonds. Then drizzle with maple syrup and dust with powdered sugar, if desired. Enjoy immediately.
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I know what I want for breakfast next weekend!
The weekend can’t come soon enough!
I have got to try a dutch baby because I somehow never have! This is totally going to happen!
You gotta do it, Tori! 🙂
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!
You gotta make this, Gayle!
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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
You never need to apologize to me! Mimosas and Dutch Babies sound perfect!
STUNNING. Cherry twins fo’ life. I wanted to do a dutch baby recently but got discouraged. Now I am discouraged no more!
Don’t be discouraged!! Get on it girl! You’ll love it! XO
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!
Definitely some good reasons! 🙂
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!
This is beyond stunning! The bourbon-cherry combo is amazing and loooove the toppings on this. Pinning!
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!!
That’s awesome, Zainab. Let me know when you try it!
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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I’ll never forget my first Dutch baby…that is, until I try this one, because seriously? Bourbon AND cherries? This is incredible, Liz!
Awww…thanks, Liren! I know you’ll love it!
I LOVE june seasonal produce!!! I’ve been waiting all year long for CHERRIES!!! one of my faves!!! love this dutch baby, Liz!!!!
I think June is my favorite too, Alice! I love everything on this months list!
Naomi seriously needs to make this for me:)
Better hurry up and place your order!
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!
Sounds like a perfect plan, Mary Ann!
Just pass the entire skillet!
Yeah, I think I ate the whole thing myself. No judgement!
Maybe we could just try living on maple and bourbon for a while and see how it goes 😉 This is fabulous… of course.
Yes, let’s try that. I’m ALL in!
Great combination of flavors! Love cherries! Love that it is made in a skillet!
Thanks, Mira. I love how easy Dutch babies are to make!
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 🙂
Bourbon in ALL THE THINGS! XO
Liz. This.is.stunning. WOW.
This looks and sounds amazing! Cooking the Dutch babies in a cast iron pan makes such a great presentation.
Thanks, Thao. It’s a one pan meal (which I just love!).
Is it sad that I’ve never made a dutch baby before? I think that needs to change and soon, this looks so delicious!
You definitely need to change that, Danielle!
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!
Ugh, such beauty! I could dive right into this one, Liz. Amazing!
This looks delicious!
I’m all about the extras, toppings… you name it! This looks amazing!
Oh yeah, gotta have the extras. They are the best part!
This dutch baby is simply stunning, Liz! Love this cherry bourbon and almond combo! I seriously want to dive right in!
Thanks, Kelly! I hope you give it a try!
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! 🙂
Write that down in pen!
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.
Oh no! Well I hope you try again! They are one of my favorite things to make!
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!
I hope you try it out, Ashely! You’ll be hooked – I just know it!
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 🙂
You definitely need to do both of those things! 🙂
Wow, this is soooo gorgeous! It definitely doesn’t look like breakfast, but I’m so glad it is. 😀 Want!!
I know, right? 🙂
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That instagram of that Dutch baby set my tastebuds tingling!! And this does not disappoint! Wowzer!
Awww…thanks, girl! XO
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Ive always wanted to try a dutch baby!! Looks absolutely stunning! I dont know if I want to mess it up! Haha!!
Yeah, it’s almost too pretty to eat!