Ugh… we’re having a snow day here in Virginia so I was looking online for some recipe inspiration and I stumbled upon a yummy looking Chocolate Dutch Baby (or German pancake), which got me thinking… what if I took that chocolate idea and elevated it a bit by adding sweetened whipped cream and a delicious cherry topping? That was it - I decided making a Black Forest Dutch Baby would be part of my snow day activities! So glad I did because it’s definitely a treat worth trying, snow day or not.
We’ll start by making the cherry topping. In a skillet over medium-high heat, combine tart cherries, sugar, cornstarch, and a salt. I used tart cherries I stashed away in the freezer this past spring, but if you have fresh tart cherries, you can certainly use ‘em.
Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture begins to boil; continue cooking for a full minute, then turn off the heat.
mmmm… set the yummy cherry topping aside until needed.
The Dutch Baby (German Pancake) is really easy to make… just preheat an oven-proof skillet in your hot oven, melt the butter in the skillet and swirl it all around, then pour the excess melted butter into the a blender with all the other dutch baby ingredients, give it a whirl, and pour the batter into the prepared skillet. For some reason I didn’t get any photos while I was making the chocolate dutch baby, but you can see exactly how it’s done here in my Vanilla Dutch Baby post from a few years ago. The only difference, besides this one being chocolate instead of vanilla, is that this recipe is made in a smaller skillet.
The Dutch Baby will puff up in the oven and collapse almost immediately upon removal. To serve, cut the dutch baby into 4 wedges and top with sweetened whipped cream and the cherry topping. Enjoy!
Black Forest Dutch Baby
makes one 9-inch skillet, 4 servings
1 1/2 cups (140g) tart cherries, fresh or frozen, pitted
1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons (6g) cornstarch
pinch of fine salt
1/16 (6 drops) pure almond extract
Chocolate Dutch Baby:
2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
2 large eggs (100g), room temperature
1 tablespoon (12.5g) granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
3 tablespoons (25g) all purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons (7.5g) dutch processed cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 cup (61g) whole milk
To make the cherry topping:
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine cherries, sugar, cornstarch, and salt; bring to a boil, stirring constantly; continue cooking for a full minute.
Remove from heat and stir in pure almond extract; set aside until needed.
To make the chocolate dutch baby:
Preheat oven and 9-inch cast iron skillet in the center of a 425F oven.
In a blender, combine the eggs, sugar, salt, flour, cocoa, and milk; set aside until the next step.
Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven and add the butter.
Swirl pan until butter is completely melted and coats the entire pan; pour excess butter into batter and mix to combine.
Slowly pour the batter into the hot, buttered skillet and return to the oven; bake for 12-15 minutes or until the dutch baby puffs up (it will deflate almost immediately when removed from the oven so don’t be alarmed when this happens).
Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before topping with cherry topping and lightly sweetened whipped cream.
Note: try to avoid pouring all the batter into the skillet in one spot - the force of the pour will remove the butter coating in the pour spot and the pancake will inevitably end up sticking. To avoid this, I like to hold an upside down serving spoon a few inches over the skillet and pour the batter slowly over the back of the spoon while moving the spoon around the skillet. This helps diffuse the force of the pour.