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Black Forest Dutch Baby

Patricia Reitz

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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.

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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.

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Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture begins to boil; continue cooking for a full minute, then turn off the heat.

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mmmm… set the yummy cherry topping aside until needed.

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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!

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Black Forest Dutch Baby

makes one 9-inch skillet, 4 servings

Ingredients

Cherry Topping:

  • 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

Directions

To make the cherry topping:

  1. 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.

  2. Remove from heat and stir in pure almond extract; set aside until needed.

To make the chocolate dutch baby:

  1. Preheat oven and 9-inch cast iron skillet in the center of a 425F oven.

  2. In a blender, combine the eggs, sugar, salt, flour, cocoa, and milk; set aside until the next step.

  3. Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven and add the butter.

  4. Swirl pan until butter is completely melted and coats the entire pan; pour excess butter into batter and mix to combine.

  5. 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).

  6. 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.

cherry topping adapted from Rose Levy Beranbaum from RealBakingWithRose; chocolate dutch baby adapted from Deb Perelman from SmittenKitchen.

Shrimp Stock

Patricia Reitz

Stop throwing away your shrimp shells! Instead, little by little, stock pile them in the freezer until you have enough to make the most wonderful, flavorful, colorful shrimp stock.

So what can you do with shrimp stock? Use it to make soups and stews, like this amazing Maine Seafood Chowder. You can also use it to make things like paella, gumbo, or shrimp and grits - I bet you’ll find a delicious way to use it!

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Start by putting all your frozen shrimp shells in a large stockpot, about 2 pounds of them. Doesn’t matter if they’ve been previously cooked or not - just toss them in.

Next you’ll need kosher salt, whole peppercorns, roughly chopped carrots, celery, onions, and a couple of bay leaves (not pictured).

Also, a good amount of dried parsley. If you ask me, it’s a greatly underused ingredient.

Add the chopped carrots, onion, and celery to the shrimp shells.

Next in - the salt, peppercorns, and bay leaves.

Followed by the dried parsley.

Now top it all off with cold water.

You don’t have to do this, but if you by any chance happen to have a couple of empty lobster shells floating around in your freezer, toss them in too.

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Bring the entire mixture up to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about an hour. Strain and discard all the solids and chili the remaining stock for up to 3 days in the refrigerator (or freeze for up to 2 months).

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Shrimp Stock

makes 4 quarts

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds shrimp shells (thawed or frozen, cooked or raw)

  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped

  • 1 stalk celery, roughly chopped

  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley

  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 4 quarts water

Directions

  1. Place everything in an 8-quart or larger stockpot.

  2. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer for about 1 hour.

  3. Strain and discard solids.

  4. Store strained stock in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

recipe inspired by Emeril Lagasse

Apple Cinnamon and Maple Granola

Patricia Reitz

I love granola, but I can't stand how expensive it is to purchase when you consider how inexpensive it is to make yourself... and you can customize it to suit your taste.  This is my adaptation of a David Lebovitz adaptation of a Nigella Lawson recipe - don't you love how that happens?  It's pretty tasty as is, but feel free to switch it up by changing the nuts and spices, or by adding any number of dried fruits - you could even add things like wheat germ, chia seeds, ground flax, or hemp seeds.  Just be sure the mixture isn't too dry when you put it in the oven - it should be wet enough to form clumps.  Also, I like to add dried fruits AFTER baking.

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Here we have old fashioned oats, chopped almonds, sesame seeds, grown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.

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Add a mixture of maple syrup, applesauce, oil, and vanilla that has been heated slightly.  Stir until well mixed and no dry ingredients remain.

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Divide the mixture on two half sheet pans and place in a preheated 300F oven for 45 minutes, stirring and switching pan positions every 15 minutes (the pans should be placed on the upper center and lower center racks).  You want there to be some clumps, but break up any clumps that are too large.

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Remove from oven and cool completely before placing in an airtight container for up to a month.

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Apple Cinnamon and Maple Granola

makes 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 cups old fashioned rolled oats

  • 1 cup almonds, chopped

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon dried ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon fine salt

  • 3/4 cup applesauce

  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and salt until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.

  3. In a small saucepan, heat together the applesauce, syrup, oil, and pure vanilla extract.

  4. Pour the heated applesauce mixture over the oat mixture and mix well to combine.

  5. Divide oat mixture evenly over 2 half sheet pans and place in upper and lower middle racks.

  6. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring and switching rack positions every 15 minutes; breaking up very large clumps as needed.

  7. Remove from oven and cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

adapted from David Lebovits and Nigella Lawson (originally from Andy Rolleri)