My ten-year old daughter was on a baking rampage in the kitchen this weekend as in 24 hours time she made popovers, a crumb cake and this oven baked pancake. Everything turned out well with minimal input from me - the biggest challenge for her is the clean up, as course. This oven baked pancake is super easy and very impressive when it comes out of the oven as it is puffed up like a souffle - it quickly deflates so admire it while you can. With a sprinkling of powdered sugar and some strawberries, this is an easy breakfast my kids loved. My older daughter said it tasted like fried dough - a high compliment.
Oven Puff Pancake (click here for printable recipe)
1/3 cup butter
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
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1 cup milk
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Put butter in 10-inch cast-iron skillet and place in oven. While butter melts, prepare the batter.
Sift flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl. Beat eggs well and add milk, then whisk in dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Remove skillet from oven and immediately pour in the prepared batter into hot skillet. Return to oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until pancake is puffed and center is dry.
Serve immediately, as the pancake deflates quickly.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.