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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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!
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.
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!
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
2/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 450F.
In a small mixing bowl, mix 2 TBSP of sugar and 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
Heat a large 12″ cast iron skillet over medium heat.
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.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, eggs, milk, vanilla, flour, and salt until smooth.
Make sure the apples are in a mostly even layer in the bottom of the skillet, and then pour the batter over top.
Sprinkle half of the remaining sugar/spice mixture over the top.
Bake for 15 minutes at 450F.
Lower the oven temperature to 350 and bake an additional 5-10 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
Remove from oven, and sprinkle with remaining spiced sugar mixture.
Slice and serve!