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Breakfast for Dinner: Big Pancakes

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I’m not even going to ask if you ever have those nights when everyone was starving five minutes ago and you don’t know what to cook for dinner.  I don’t know anyone that doesn’t apply to.  As much as I love to cook, I really don’t plan ahead well, so this is something I face A LOT.  If you’re tired of cold cereal or chicken nuggets being the answer to that question, read on, I’m here to help.


I have been told my more than one friend that my parents are food snobs which meant growing up that food was made from scratch from fresh ingredients and we didn’t have processed food in the house.  Oh, how I longed for a box of Kraft Dinner and some Twinkies.   So on “what do we have for dinner?” night there were no chicken nuggets to pull out of the freezer, my mom always made dutch babies.  We called them, fittingly, big pancakes.  I don’t know if we ever had big pancakes more than a handful of times for breakfast, I remember eating them almost exclusively for dinner, which probably isn’t what happened in reality, but isn’t it funny how we remember things?

It’s just been recently, faced with a surfeit of eggs, that I found the recipe again and started making big pancakes for dinner at our house.  We really like to do breakfast for dinner from time to time, so this has fit in perfectly and the boys (and the Mister, let’s be honest) are one hundred percent behind eating anything with berries and whipped cream.  I keep unusual things stocked in the house all the time, like whipping cream, so I have all the ingredients to make big pancakes on any given day.  If you don’t consume high-fat dairy on a regular basis at your house, then you’ll have to plan ahead and get some.  Or try this: top with whole thing with berry preserves and powdered sugar.  Yum.

What it boils down to: this is a quick and easy breakfast/dinner that looks stunning and it’s almost a guarantee you have all the ingredients for the pancake and a delicious topping.  Throw some crispy bacon on the side and you have all the elements of a perfect meal.

Breakfast for Dinner: Big Pancakes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Breakfast for Dinner: Big Pancakes


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of one lemon (optional)
  • 2 cups mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar


  • 1. Turn the oven on to 425 degrees. Put butter into a 9 inch by 13 inch casserole dish and place in the oven to melt butter and heat the dish.
  • 2. Crack eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk until broken up. Add milk, vanilla, and zest (if using) and whisk until combined.
  • 3. Add flour to egg mixture and whisk until batter is uniform, but avoid over-mixing.
  • 4. Once butter is melted and oven is at temperature, remove dish from the oven and quickly pour the batter into the dish, then replace in the oven. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the pancake is quite fluffy and lightly browned.
  • 5. Meanwhile, place the whipping cream in a chilled mixing bowl (place it in the freezer when you turn on the oven) and beat on low until frothy. Add the sugar, and then beat on high until soft peaks form. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • 6. Place berries in a serving bowl and thaw in the microwave if necessary.
  • 7. Serve the pancake immediately with whipped cream and berries on the side.


The pancake puffs up dramatically, but also deflates somewhat quickly. Plan to serve the pancake as soon as it comes out of the oven, so make sure you have your plates and silverware, as well as whipped cream and berries, ready to go.


If you click on the recipe image above, you’ll be taken to a download page where you can get an easier-to-print copy of the recipe.  Enjoy!  If you make big pancakes, I would love to hear how you liked it.

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Let me leave you with a little trivia.  Did you know Dutch babies were invented in Seattle?  Well, they were, in the the early 1900’s.  So if you’ve never heard of them before, that might be why.

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