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Need Help with Dutch Pancake Recipe in Martha Stewart Living Summer Issue

RebekahFox May 20, 2012 08:24 AM

When I was flipping through the recent issue of MSL, the Blueberry Dutch Pancakes really caught my eye. I would love to make these but I do not own cast-iron skillets of any size, shape, or form. So what cookware should I use? I know that cast-iron retains heat really well so I am thinking of using a 10" Pyrex pie plate for these. Of course I need to alter the recipe, but I think I can manage. What do you think of this idea? What would you substitute for the cast-iron if you were in my situation?


Here's the link: http://www.marthastewart.com/901688/b...

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  1. TrishUntrapped RE: RebekahFox May 20, 2012 08:27 AM

    I use pyrex pie plates all the time for very similar baked apple pancakes. I melt the butter in them in the oven, then pour the batter in and bake. Works just fine. You should have no problem substituting.

    Thinner by the way is better with this type of pancake. The baked apple pancake recipe called for one 10 inch pan. The first time I made it it came out really thick and wasn't good. My husband suggested dividing the recipe in half and now I make two pancakes from that recipe. Excellent!

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      chefj RE: TrishUntrapped May 20, 2012 09:41 AM

      My Family has made " Dutch Babies" in Pyrex for years as well to great success.
      Make sure your oven is hot.

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      wyogal RE: RebekahFox May 20, 2012 08:37 AM

      I just did a ggogle search: dutch pancakes in pyrex Then hit "images." There were several pics of pyrex being used for this type of pancake.

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        LauraGrace RE: RebekahFox May 20, 2012 02:11 PM

        If you have a stainless-steel skillet, I'd use that, since you can pre-heat it in the oven. If you use Pyrex you won't be able to pre-heat which I think adversely affects the texture.

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          TrishUntrapped RE: LauraGrace May 21, 2012 02:36 AM

          I melt the butter in a pyrex pan in a 400 degree oven no problem when I make a baked pancake.

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            LauraGrace RE: TrishUntrapped May 21, 2012 05:41 AM

            Eehh... I've had a pyrex basically explode when adding cool/cold liquid to a hot pan. Cleaning up all those little shards of heat-shocked glass isn't a fun way to spend an afternoon. To each his own, but I won't risk that again! :)

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          jbsiegel RE: RebekahFox May 21, 2012 06:03 AM

          I've used my regular 8" non-stick layer cake pans - worked just fine and can make two at once!

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            RebekahFox RE: RebekahFox May 21, 2012 04:49 PM

            Thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts! I'm liking the idea of preheating my pan so I plan on using my 9" cake pans I own. I have roughly 6 of them--a snowball effect of my mother and grandmother's baking practices. :) If this idea doesn't suit the recipe, I will give the Pyrex dish a try. I will, however, not preheat it. Not a good idea. Pyrex, the company, states in their manuals and on their website (www.pyrexware.com), that you shouldn't put cool or cold items on a hot Pyrex product.

            Thanks again everyone!

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              TrishUntrapped RE: RebekahFox May 21, 2012 05:27 PM

              Sounds like a good plan.

              As an addendum, putting the butter in first and melting it in the pyrex pan, isn't preheating an empty pan.

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                jbsiegel RE: RebekahFox May 21, 2012 05:42 PM

                You're totall right about not putting cold things in a hot Pyrex. I know people who have exploded them that way. The cold batter in the hot pan is probably not a good idea!

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                LauraGrace RE: RebekahFox May 21, 2012 08:07 PM

                For future reference, it's easy and inexpensive to find a good cast-iron in antique malls or at garage or rummage sales, or at least it is in my neck of the woods! And it's well worth having one or two for dutch babies, corn bread, and the like, IMO. Irreplaceable in my kitchen! :)

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