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Spiced Apple Dutch Baby Pancakes – Recipe Inspired by Snow White

This Spiced Apple Dutch Baby Pancake is inspired by Princess Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. This easy to make skillet pancake recipe is perfect for brunch or a weeknight dinner studded with apples and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.


Spiced Apple Dutch Baby in Skillet with Snow White Doll


Welcome to the Eat Like A Princess Series!

I designed this series as a fun way to teach my daughters about new cultures through the classic Princesses in hopes that they will become more open to trying new foods, to understand other cultures better, and to enjoy exploring the world around them. All while still:

  • containing real food
  • be super easy
  • take about 30 minutes (or as close to it as we can).

You can see other recipes in this series here.


A slice of apple spiced dutch baby on a plate next to a cast iron skillet and apples


The Snow White Story

The story of Snow White was originally published by the Grimm Brothers in 1812 and was pretty similar to the story that we know today. An evil queen obsessed with her own beauty and a magic mirror has a step daughter that is fair, kind, and beautiful. The queen wants the princess killed by the huntsman, but instead he hides her in the woods. Snow White discovers the dwarves and decides to stay and take care of their housekeeping.

In the original story, the Evil Queen offers silky laced bodices to Snow White and laces her so tightly she can’t breathe and faints. Luckily, the dwarves save her just in time! Then the Queen tries a second time with a poisoned comb – but once again the dwarves save Snow White. The Queen tries a third time with a poisoned apple. And this time the Queen wins and Snow White falls into a deep sleep. The dwarves assume she is dead, and place in her a glass casket.

Then one day, a Prince  finds Snow White in the glass coffin and of course falls in love with her beauty. He decides he must take her back to his castle (why he wants her dead body?! Who knows!) But when he moves the coffin, the piece of poisoned apple dislodges from Snow White’s mouth and she wakes up. The Prince then falls in love with her, they plan to get married, and they invite the Evil Queen (WHY?! Why do they do this?!). The Evil Queen goes to the wedding but doesn’t know that Snow White is the bride. When she realizes it is Snow White she becomes enraged. Because she tried to murder Snow White, the Prince makes her put on a pair of red hot shoes and dance until she drops dead. And then the wedding continues happily!

The Story of Snow White should not be confused with another story by the Grimm Brothers titled “Snow White and Red Rose”, which is an entirely different story! The Disney version of the Snow White movie takes the story a little by giving the dwarves all names and a super slight backstory, and replaces the fact that the Prince wanted Snow White’s body with that he just wanted to kiss her.


Skillet with dutch baby and apples next to vase with yellow flowers


Spiced Apple Dutch Baby Oven Pancake Recipe

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I decided that the Snow White movie was probably set in 16th century Germany – probably in the Northwestern border with Belgium and the Netherlands, based on the architecture of the Dwarves cottage, clothing styles, and the wooden clogs that Snow White puts on while she is cleaning house. Dutch Baby Pancakes seemed like a perfect recipe to make – they are also known as a German Pancake or Dutch Puff. And it had to incorporate apples (but not poison ones). It seemed fitting, right?


These Dutch Babies are a fantastic oven pancake – more crepe-like than skillet pancakes, but fluffier than a crepe. The upside is that instead of standing over a stove for 30 minutes flipping individual pancake after pancake, you can make a big one the whole family can enjoy. Using a pumpkin pie spice on the apples gives them awesome flavor! Saving some of the spice and making a spiced sugar to sprinkle over the baked dutch baby pancake also gives a lovely flavor addition.


Recipe Shortcuts

  • The apples can be cooked ahead of time and kept in an air-tight container in the fridge overnight.
  • The batter can be made a day ahead as well, just make sure to bring it back close to room temperature before cooking.


What is a dutch baby pancake and what does it taste like?

A dutch baby pancake is kind of a cross between a crepe, a pancake, and a popover.

Can you make a dutch baby with a cast iron skillet?

Yes! You do not need a cast iron skillet to make a dutch baby. Just make sure you use a skillet that is oven proof!


Snow White Doll next to skillet of dutch baby pancake


Get Your Kids In the Kitchen

  • Kids 1-3 can help wash the apples, measure the ingredients, set the table.
  • Kids 4-7 can help do everything above, plus cut the apples with an apple corer, whisk the batter.
  • Kids 8-10+ can help do everything above, plus help you stir the apples while they cook, pour in the batter to the skillet, and help serve plates.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.


Skillet with Apple Dutch Baby and Spatula


Read More About Snow White

  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1684122171″ locale=”US” tag=”theginwhi-20″]First Stories: Snow White[/easyazon_link] is a great book for toddler’s. The push/pull components, bright pictures and rhyming words are perfect!
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1404880852″ locale=”US” tag=”theginwhi-20″]”Seriously, Snow White was SO forgetful: The Story of Snow White as told by the Dwarves”[/easyazon_link] is a super fun twist on the classic tale. This quirky story has bright illustrations, this grade school level book is hilarious!


Serve this Apple Dutch Baby Recipe with a nice savory protein addition like these Rainbow Veggie Egg Muffin Cups!


Recipe Inspired by the Snow White Story - Spiced Apple Dutch Baby Pancakes

Recipe Inspired by the Snow White Story - Spiced Apple Dutch Baby Pancakes

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This spiced apple dutch baby pancake is the perfect brunch or weeknight dinner recipe. Fluffy and tender, and studded with spiced apple slices, these tender oven pancakes are insured by Snow White.


  • 2 Honeycrisp Apples, cored and sliced into strips
  • 3 TBSP butter, divided (2 TBSP should be melted for the batter)
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, mix 2 TBSP of sugar and 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large 12" cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  4. Melt 1 TBSP of butter and sauté the apples with half of the sugar-spice mix for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the apples start to soften.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, eggs, milk, vanilla, flour, and salt until smooth.
  6. Make sure the apples are in a mostly even layer in the bottom of the skillet, and then pour the batter over top.
  7. Sprinkle half of the remaining sugar/spice mixture over the top.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes at 450F.
  9. Lower the oven temperature to 350 and bake an additional 5-10 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with remaining spiced sugar mixture.
  11. Slice and serve!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 320 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 212mg Sodium: 308mg Carbohydrates: 38g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 16g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 10g


  • Reply
    Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids
    May 9, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    As you know, I love this series! I can’t wait to try this version of a dutch baby – sounds delicious!

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    July 5, 2018 at 7:07 PM

    Looks and sounds so tasty! Love dutch baby for breakfast, and I really like how kids can get involved in making it too!

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    Tamara Andersen
    July 5, 2018 at 9:44 PM

    I totally love the way you’re encouraging your children with food and cooking! I raised 4 sons in the kitchen, and as adults, they’re all fantastic cooks, and they eat everything. One is a professional chef! This Dutch baby pancake looks and sounds delicious!

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    Nicoletta Sugarlovespices
    July 6, 2018 at 5:18 PM

    Such a cute and great series you created! And such yummy recipes to go with the stories. This Dutch baby pancake looks delicious and a great weekend breakfast idea!

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    July 7, 2018 at 3:02 PM

    Wow! This recipe is magnificent. I can see myself making this with my daughter who loves Snow White and she will be in awe that the baking activity comes with a good Snow White story. She will totally love this!

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    July 8, 2018 at 12:05 PM

    It might just be in my head, but I can almost smell the apples, sugar, and spices just looking at these pictures! Incorporated apples into breakfast foods is one of my favorites. I love how you use this series to teach your girls! Can’t wait until my small one is a little older so we can do stuff like this.

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    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    July 8, 2018 at 6:07 PM

    I love dutch pancakes but never tried making them at home. This dutch baby looks amazing!!!!

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    July 8, 2018 at 7:58 PM

    Snowhite is a great story for any age and it was so creative of you to make a recipe inspired by this movie.

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    July 8, 2018 at 9:33 PM

    This is a really interesting read! I love all the background. My daughter (3 yrs old, although she will tell you she is 5) loves to help me with kitchen tasks. This sounds like a recipe to make together (after a minor alteration to make it gluten free)!

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    Karyl Henry
    July 8, 2018 at 11:50 PM

    I love that you include ways that kids can help with this recipe! What a great idea. I’ve never made a dutch baby pancake before, but this one certainly looks delicious. I love the smell of spiced apples, and anything warm and comforting

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    July 9, 2018 at 1:14 AM

    Oh my goodness, Dutch babies are the best! I love the spiced apple in this, it sounds so delicious!

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    Eileen Kelly
    July 9, 2018 at 2:27 AM

    It is so wonderful to work with the children in the kitchen! My kids always loved it! These dutch babies are perfection and I love how simple and easy to create a great meal! I now have a great recipe to make with my niece tomorrow

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    July 9, 2018 at 2:53 AM

    I love dutch babies! One of my favorite weekend breakfasts – so quick and easy, but so delicious. I’ve recently started making savory dutch babies for dinner, too.

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    Vanessa Price
    July 9, 2018 at 3:45 AM

    Dutch babies are so fun! My daughter would just flip over these flavors. Looks like a good one for a weekend breakfast!

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    July 9, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Love this recipe! Easy recipe and I really appreciate you listing how the kids can help with this. Very well thought out and it looks absolutely delicious!

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    July 9, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Yum, this is so good. I haven’t had a dutch baby in so long, I always forget how easy they are! Love the tips on getting the kids involved in the kitchen as well, mine just love helping out.

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    Char Ferrara
    July 9, 2018 at 11:37 PM

    I have to admit – I have not tried dutch baby pancakes before…and now I wonder why! These look so delicious! I know my kids will love this as well. I love how you broke down the tasks that the kids can help with. Super helpful!

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