German Pancake

Total Time:
45 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup milk, warmed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Marinated Berries or Glazed Apples and Pears, recipes follow
  • Serving suggestion: Maple syrup
  • Marinated Berries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, and seeds scraped out with a knife and reserved
  • Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Grated zest of 1/2 orange
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 pint raspberries
  • 1/2 pint blueberries, rinsed
  • 1/2 pint strawberries, rinsed, tops trimmed, halved or quartered, if large
  • Glazed Apples and Pears Compote
  • 3 small Granny Smith apples or other tart baking apple (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 3 Bosc pears (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Grated zest of 2 oranges, plus their juice
  • Two 3-inch-long cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tablespoons Calvados, Apple Jack, or brandy (optional)
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt, sugar, milk, vanilla, and butter. Whisk in the flour to make a smooth batter. Set aside.

  • Heat a well-seasoned 10-inch cast-iron skillet in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove and brush the inside with the shortening. Pour in the batter and bake for 15 minutes.

  • Lower the oven to 350 degrees F. and continue baking until puffed and golden brown, about 13 to 15 minutes more. Run a knife around the edge of the skillet. Sift the confectioners' sugar over the pancake. Serve immediately in the skillet with maple syrup, marinated berries, or glazed apples and pears.

  • In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, vanilla bean and seeds, citrus zests, and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer very gently until syrupy, about 25 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the citrus juices. Combine the berries in a bowl. Strain the warm syrup over the berries and marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes. Serve.

  • Yield: 6 servings

  • Peel, core, and cut both the apples and pears into 3/4-inch wedges. In a medium bowl, toss the fruit with the lemon juice.

  • Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the sugar, orange zest, and cinnamon sticks and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the fruit, increase the heat to medium-high, and cook, shaking the pan frequently, until glazed, about 10 minutes. Raise the heat to high, add the orange juice, and cook until the fruit is easily pierced with a paring knife, about 1 minute more. If desired, add the Calvados. If cooking on a gas burner, carefully tip the pan toward the flame to flambe the alcohol; if cooking over an electric element, hold a long match near the mixture. Swirl the pan over the heat until the flame subsides. Serve warm.

  • Yield: 6 servings

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