“Mom, we’re on summer vacation now,” moaned our 9-year-old. “Can’t we just go down to the store and pick up some Pop-Tarts for breakfast?” Sheesh. How badly have these kids suffered during an entire school year of ‘healthy’ breakfasts?
We countered with this:”Let’s try a different kind of pop-up breakfast, one that we can make ourselves with whatever kind of filling we want.” What we had in mind, of course, was a Dutch baby, that giant pancake that puffs up in the oven and then falls down, creating a soft eggy crater that just begs for fillings, whether it’s lemon butter or fresh fruit. The 9-year-old grudgingly agreed.
The beauty of the Dutch baby pancake is you can basically dress it up however you like. And we had a sudden inspiration to make it a little more heavenly with the fruit known as Angelcots from our friends at Frieda’s Produce. Angelcots are white-fleshed apricots that have a mild sweetness and creamy, almost buttery texture. You can find them nationwide at Trader Joe’s, and at other retailers listed here.
Angel Baby (Angelcot Dutch Baby Pancake)
2 T. butter
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp. salt
5 ripe Angelcots, at room temperature
Fresh raspberries and blackberries (optional)
Juice of one lemon
1/2 cup to 1 cup powdered sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the butter in a 9-inch cast-iron skillet and put the skillet in the oven to melt the butter.
2. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs until creamy and evenly yellow. Add the flour, milk, and salt, and continue whisking until smooth. Pour the batter into the skillet with the melted butter. Bake until golden brown and puffy, 20 to 25 minutes.
3. Chop the Angelcots and scatter over the warm pancake. Add fresh raspberries and blackberries for additional color if desired.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and powdered sugar to create a thin glaze. Drizzle the glaze over the pancake to taste (you may have glaze left over). Top with additional powdered sugar if desired. Serve immediately. Serves 6.
The result? A big thumbs-up from the reluctant 9-year-old. Take that, Pop-Tarts!