Classic Dutch Baby with Cherries and Amaretto

cherry dutch baby

Cherry season is upon us and I can’t get enough, I’ve been buying bags of them weekly, mainly just for eating but cherries can be used both in sweet and savory dishes as well and cherries just scream summer to me!

Recently I made this delicious Dutch baby pancake filled with plump fresh cherries, the batter flavored with Amaretto and topped off with toasted almonds.

A Dutch baby pancake is excellent to serve for a special breakfast or even a dessert, and it’s quite simple to put together, it uses basic ingredients and the result is a showstopper presentation. I’m thinking this might be nice to serve for a casual breakfast on the 4th of July.

bing cherries

I have to admit I never owned a cherry pitter before, I thought it was too time consuming and messy to use.

Yes, it could get a little messy, but I found pitting them into a bowl with deep sides minimized the juice from squirting everywhere. It was a little trial and error before I figured that out, but once I did the process went really fast.

Pull the stem out, place the cherry in the little cup holder, plunge the handle down and out pops the pit it’s that easy, and by the way the cherries stay fairly intact.

 

cherry pits

 

pitted cherries

Take a day, pit the cherries then refrigerate them so they’re ready to go, I even tossed them into a salad the other evening but for something on the sweet side you have to make this dutch baby!

cooked cherries

The cherries get swirled around with melted butter spiked with Amaretto liqueur, the smell is intoxicating!

Then the prepared batter gets poured in  all around the cherries and then into the oven the pan goes, as it cooks the pancake will puff up really high and then when taken out it settles down and leaves you with this bejeweled looking pancake.

 

cherry dutch baby

Sprinkle with toasted almonds and powdered sugar.

cherry dutch baby

You can drizzle syrup or honey on top, add whipped cream or even a scoop of ice cream.

cherry dutch baby

Either way it’s all amazing!

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Classic Dutch Baby with Cherries and Amaretto
 
Recipe adapted from Sunset Magazine
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups, pitted fresh bing cherries
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Amaretto liqueur, or (1/4 to ½ teaspoon of almond extract)
  • ½ cup of toasted, sliced almonds
  • ¾ cup of flour
  • ¾ cup of whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons, sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste or vanilla
  • powdered sugar for dusting
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 425F.
  2. For The Batter:
  3. Whisk together, eggs, flour, milk, salt, sugar and vanilla bean paste until nice and smooth, or you can whizz it in a blender.
  4. In a heavy, 10 to 12 inch oven proof pan like a cast iron, melt the butter on stove top.
  5. When butter is melted add the cherries and the Amaretto liqueur. (or almond extract).
  6. Saute the cherries in the butter and Amaretto for around 2 minutes, stirring them gently.
  7. Pour the batter into the pan with the cherries, then place the pan into the preheated oven.
  8. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.
  9. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle with the toasted almonds, the pancake will sink down and settle into the pan.
  10. Slice and serve with syrup, honey, whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.

 

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Comments

  1. Marie – I’m hoping that this comment gets through to you since I’ve tried on other posts with no luck. I want to make this Dutch baby. I’ve tried making one but it had a really loopy shape. This one with the cherries and amaretto is good enough to make for dessert, which is what I’m planning before cherries go out of season.

  2. Marie – Trying for the umpteenth time, this time with Chrome. Hopefully this will work to tell you I love your Dutch baby and want to make it this weekend.

  3. Oh my goodness, Marie, this is gorgeous! I have had a dutch baby before, but it was certainly not as delicious and beautiful as this one. I made this yesterday and it turned out perfect! All my guests loved it and asked me for the recipe! Thank you for sharing this with us!

  4. Thank you for the great Dutch Baby recipe. I had an abundance of cherries and remembered seeing your beautiful dish. I made it this morning and my husband and I enjoyed every bit. Plan to make it again with other fruit.
    I have been following your blog for quite a while. We grew up in Chicago and tho we are not Italian, our tastebuds are!
    Miss the Italian beef and sausage that is so plentiful in your area.

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