Meyer Lemon Dutch Baby

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Posted on January 23, 2015

Look! I made a baby!

Nope. Not that kind of baby.

Someone please help my mother up off the floor.

This is an edible baby. No dirty diapers here. Just dirty dishes.

So what the heck am I talking about? I’m talking about a Dutch baby. Otherwise known as my most favorite thing to make for breakfast.

A Dutch baby is often thought of as a pancake. But it’s actually much more similar in taste and texture to a popover. And it’s crazy easy to make. Just pour the batter into a hot skillet and bake it in your oven. No babysitting required.

The Dutch baby will puff up as it bakes, then collapse once it’s pulled out of the oven, leaving the most perfect little cradle (I’m just KILLING IT with the baby references in this post!) to hold all your favorite toppings.

Since Meyer lemons have finally arrived (they are my favorite!) I decided to add a hint of Meyer lemon zest to the batter AND make a Meyer lemon-infused whipped cream to serve on top. Just be aware that if you want to make the whipped cream (I highly recommend it!), it does require some advanced planning. I suggest infusing the heavy cream with the Meyer lemon peels the night before, then letting the cream chill overnight in the refrigerator before whipping it up the next morning.



Recipe adapted from The Corner Kitchen

Meyer Lemon Dutch Baby

Serves 2-4

Meyer Lemon Dutch Baby


  • For the Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Meyer lemon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (granulated or powdered sugar will work)

  • For the Pancake
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. Meyer lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • Additional Toppings
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Fresh berries
  • Maple syrup


  1. Infuse the cream. Warm the heavy whipping cream in a small saucepan until small bubbles start to form around the edges. Remove from the heat. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the Meyer lemon in large stripes. Add the stripes to the warm cream and let them steep for about 30-60 minutes (save the rest of the Meyer lemon for later use). After 30-60 minutes, remove and discard the peels. Cover and transfer the infused cream to your refrigerator to chill, at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
  2. Whip the 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 start beating on medium-high speed with the whisk attachment. As it starts to thicken, add the sugar. Continue to beat until peaks form. Store the whipped cream in your refrigerator until you are ready to use it. It’s best to use the whipped cream within 1-2 hours of making it.
  3. Make the Dutch baby. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Add all of the ingredients, except for the butter, 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, pour in the batter. Carefully transfer the skillet to your pre-heated oven and bake for 25 minutes.
  4. Remove the skillet from the oven. The Dutch baby will be puffed up, but it will deflate as it cools. Top with fresh berries, powdered sugar, the whipped cream and maple syrup, if desired. Slice and serve immediately.


1. This recipe also works well with soy milk in place of the whole milk.

2. Any kind of berries are great here. I particularly like raspberry and blueberries, which I think pair really well with lemon.


  • This looks gorgeous, Liz! I love this lemon dutch baby! I’ve never made one before, so I definitely need to change that. Looks delish!


    • Oh yeah it’s so easy, Gayle. You’ll love it!

  • Ahm this is beautiful. And with Meyer lemons in season right now, I can’t think of a more perfect flavor. Can we make this next time we’re together? 🙂


    • Thanks, luv. Yes, let’s have this next time!

  • More Meyer lemon goodness! Beautiful. I love Dutch babies, even though I broke my arm photographing one once 😉 I don’t hold it against them.


    • I remember when you talked about breaking your arm, but I didn’t realize it was because of a Dutch baby. So sad. Glad you’re not mad though!

  • Oh.My.Gosh. This is so amazing, Liz! I’m making this for breakfast and not sharing with anyone 🙂


    • Oh I totally ate the whole thing by myself!

  • Liz, oh my gawd, you are hilarious! and this is the most beautiful dutch baby I’ve seen!!!! I need some meyer lemons stat!!!!


    • I crack myself up, Alice! Glad I can make you laugh too! HUGS!

  • You had me at no babysitting required. 😉 This is beautiful! And the Meyer lemon whipped cream sounds amazing. Happy weekend!


    • Thanks, Tessa! Happy happy weekend indeed!

  • Bahahaha! I love that your baby comes diaper-less and tastes divine! Can I…err…babysit? I can’t guarantee you’ll come home to a baby, but I can guarantee I’d be utterly enthused to oblige 😉

    Okay, seriously, I’ve never made a Dutch baby and have wanted to for just the longest time. I’ll surely put it on my to do list this weekend!


    • You can babysit for my Dutch baby anytime. Ha ha ha ha! I’m giggling to myself over here. I’m so lame!

  • This is gorgeous!!!


    • Woot! Thanks, Amanda! That’s a great compliment coming from you!

  • This looks incredible! I have an obsession with dutch babies but don’t eat or make them enough! Read that as never….but how easy and delicious this one looks, I am adding it to our mix soon!


    • Yeah! They are so good. I sometimes forget about them too. #foodbloggerproblems

  • Liz, this is by far the best kind of baby–especially since lemons are involved 🙂 And now I want to eat that entire skillet of dutch baby like nobody’s business. I should not read food blogs before eating!!


    • There is no crying with this baby! Ha ha ha! I crack myself up! Getting hungry while “working” is a serious work-related problem. Maybe we need a support group…:-)

  • Such pretty presentation Liz. We love anything pancake inspired in this house and this looks amazing. And I’m right there with you on those Meyer lemons. Got me a bag because they look so pretty and now trying to figure out what to make with them 🙂


    • Meyer lemons are the best! Thanks, Katya!

  • HAHA! I was laughing out loud while reading this. You’re so cleaver.


    • Glad I can make someone laugh! Thanks, Trish!

  • I’ve had a dutch baby once in my life and it was one of the best things I’ve ever had! I love the meyer lemons in this! I also am much more down with dirty dishes than dirty diapers, at least right now 🙂


    • Ha ha. You and me both! I’ll take the dishes over diapers any day! Thanks, Isadora!

  • “this is an edible baby” lol! I’ve had making a Dutch Baby on my mind for ages – now I must!!!!


    • Oh it’s so simple and oh my gosh YUM! You gotta do it, Marissa!

  • I’ve never made a Dutch baby, and I need to change that! This looks delicious, and I have a ton of meyer lemon juice in the fridge! And that opening line cracked me up. 🙂


    • Glad you got a good laugh, Marcie! Let me know if you try it out!

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  • Having outgrown diapers and carseat and naptimes, this is my kind of baby, Liz! Seriously gorgeous, and now I’m off to bed so breakfast time can come sooner. The kids are off from school tomorrow, so I think I’ll surprise them with a baby 😉


    • Oh that sounds that the perfect surprise! Thanks, Liren.

  • LOL! Edible babies are the best kind!! This looks soooooo delicious…. get in my belly, baby!!


    • Ha ha! Thanks, Jess!

  • hahahhaa I just LOL’d reading this post. Too funny! Well, as weird as it sounds, you have convinced me to try babies for breakfast!!


    • Mmmm…babies for breakfast. That’s catchy. I like it!

  • This Meyer Lemon Dutch baby looks so divine with the powdered sugar and fresh whipped cream. It would be so delicious with strawberries…Happy Thursday 🙂


    • Yes, pretty much any berry would be amazing here!

  • Meyer lemons are the best! I’ve never made a dutch baby before but that seriously needs to change. This one looks delicious!


    • Thanks, Jen! Dutch babies are so easy. You’re going to love it!

  • This is so gorgeous! I would have this for breakfast every day of the week and have zero regrets about it!


    • Definitely zero regrets! 🙂

  • Your opening line is priceless! I laughed hard. Great recipe. Pinned!


    • Thanks, Suzy! Glad I could make you laugh!

  • My Mother was half german and we always had this for Christmas breakfast. We knew it as a “German pancake”, and it was served with wild berries. Can’t wait to make it as I lost the recipe years ago, thanks for sharing!


    • Oh I’m so glad I can help out! I hope it’s just like how you remember it!

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