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
  • 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
  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.



Puff Pancake with Fresh Blackberries, Mascarpone and Ricotta Cream

puff pancake with blackberry, mascarpone and ricotta cream Puff pancakes are super easy to make and very impressive. It’s something you’ll want to serve for a leisurely weekend breakfast or for a very special occasion holiday brunch like Easter or Mother’s Day that will soon be upon us.

filling for puff pancakeSpring is just around the corner and berries are popping up in all the grocery stores, which is why I couldn’t resist taking home these beauties I found last week. I immediately knew I would showcase them in all their fresh glory as a topping to my puff pancake!

puff pancakeThe batter comes together quickly, it gets poured into a hot buttered pan then placed into a preheated oven for 25 minutes, it puffs up really high then deflates. Even if you get a few cracks like I did it’s no big deal!

puff pancake with blackberry, mascarpone and ricotta creamThose cracks will soon be smothered with a luscious mascarpone and ricotta cream, the perfect base to plop and nestle in your berries.

puff pancake with blackberry, mascarpone and ricotta creamMake sure to have a pot of rich, bold coffee brewing, warm up some maple syrup and generously dust that berry pancake with powdered sugar!

puff pancake with blackberry, mascarpone and ricotta cream

puff pancake with blackberry, mascarpone and ricotta creamSit down and enjoy, breakfast is served!

Puff Pancake with Fresh Blackberries, Mascarpone and Ricotta Cream
  • For The Batter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk, ( unsweetened almond milk works as well)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • For The Filling
  • Fresh blackberries
  • 1½ cups of ricotta, drained
  • 5 oz. mascarpone cheese, room temp
  • zest of 1 orange
  • powdered sugar to sweeten
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  1. Pre-heat oven to 450 F.
  2. Have a 12" oven proof skillet ready.
  3. Mix all of the batter ingredients together using a hand mixer so no lumps appear. Flour, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt.
  4. Place the tablespoon of butter in the skillet and put it into the 450 degree oven until it melts.
  5. Take pan out and pour in batter and swirl around.
  6. Place pan bake in oven and set timer for 20 - 25 minutes, batter will puff up high, you might need to prick it to release some steam.
  7. Remove pan when sides are deep golden.
  8. Meanwhile mix up your filling.
  9. In a bowl add in the ricotta, mascarpone and orange zest, then add some powdered sugar to desired sweetness.
  10. Whip until blended.
  11. When pancake is done and cooled down a bit spread mascarpone ricotta mixture all over then dot with blackberries.
  12. Generously dust with powdered sugar and serve with a drizzle of warmed maple syrup.



Weekend Eats

A Creamy Berry Puff Pancake is the perfect thing to make for that lazy weekend breakfast, why go out when you can pull this together in no time while you’re still all comfy and cozy in your slippers!

Put the coffee on, relax and read the Sunday paper while it’s baking in the oven, it only takes
20 – 25 minutes.

The batter takes 5 minutes to whisk up, it consists of ,** 1 cup of flour** 1 cup of milk** 4 beaten eggs** a pinch of salt** 1 teaspoon of vanilla** 1 tablespoon of sugar**
Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in an 8 inch oven proof skillet, next pour 1 cup of the batter in, swirl it around and place it in a preheated 450F oven for 20 – 25 minutes.
You’ll be able to make two 8 inch pans like I did, using 1 cup of batter in each or one large pan using all the batter plus the 2 tablespoons of butter. I would think at least a 12 inch skillet size would work, although I never tried it. I have a 14 inch and I figured that was too big.
The sides puffed up perfectly just like they’re suppose to, creating the perfect vessel to fill!

I filled mine with berries and sweetened ricotta as the base, the ricotta was mixed with,
** orange zest and powdered sugar** **less than a cup of ricotta** ** 2 0r 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar**, taste it to your liking.
Slice it into generous wedges and drizzle with warm maple syrup for the perfect ending!
Recipe adapted from

If you prefer brunch, make yourself this Pasta Frittata, you’ll be amazed at the different variations you can create with just, **a handfull of leftover pasta** some eggs** a dollop of ricotta cheese** grated cheese** and fresh herbs**
After my frittata’s start to “set” on top of the stove (where the egg mixture stops moving), I like to finish them off under the broiler, but don’t walk away, keep watching it, believe me it could burn in a matter of seconds! Just get it nice and golden brown.

I like to serve this with an arugula salad tossed with an olive oil, lemon and parmesan dressing. So good!

If you want to add a little meat to your morning breakfast try this Baked Sausage and Eggs.
I like to serve this in individual gratin dishes for a nice presentation.
** Preheat your oven to 375F. ** Use 1 link of Italian sausage per serving, casings removed and browned before baking** Butter or brush olive oil into your gratin dish** Crack 2 eggs plus 1 egg white into each individual dish** Sprinkle your favorite dried seasonings over top along with grated parmesan cheese, I used fennel and oregano for mine** Scatter with halved cherry tomatoes** Bake until eggs set, ovens will vary**
Relax and enjoy your weekend!
Buon Appetito