Tis the season……….
Of sugar and spice (cinnamon to be exact) and everything nice!
Apparently I can not get enough of it. How can it already be the middle of December? Christmas is only 9 days away? Seriously, how does it always come around so fast? I did not even realize we entered the 12 day’s of Christmas! We are in full on Christmas mode over here! Sadly, it seems to happen every year.
There is no flirting with Christmas now, we officially can have Christmas music blasting at all times My dad seems to be a bit of a humbug if we can’t wait until at least December for non-stop carols). Asher is running around singing and then screaming over the music at Jingle (the family Elf on the shelf) what she absolutely NEEDS Santa to bring her this year (honestly, picture Eloise and you have Asher. In fact she is asking to open her presents as I write), and tons of cookies, gingerbread houses, truffles, and fudge being made.
Yeah, it is safe to say we know how to do Christmas!
I would say we are trying just a little harder this year in order to keep our spirits up. Sometimes I do not understand the bad things that go on in this world. Why such terrible things happen to such good people and families. Why there are school shootings and awful things like Cancer that can tear a family apart in the blink of an eye. So appreciate what you have and who you have in your life every second of the day. Never take it for granted, life is sometimes just too short.
So if you are in need of a little Christmas cheer you should probably get your butt in the kitchen and make your family, your friends, your neighbor, whoever a pancake. And not just any pancake, a giant dutch baby…….wait for it……..covered in cinnamon sugar!
This is actually my grandma’s dutch baby recipe (Hi, Nonnie). I decided it needed a little Christmas face lift. Super simple, super delicious and great option for a Christmas Eve or Christmas Breakfast!
Puffy Dutch Baby covered in cinnamon sugar!
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Place one tablespoon butter in a 9-12 inch cast iron skillet or 9 inch pie plate. Place in the oven for 5 minutes.
- Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
- Put the flour, milk, eggs and remaining cold butter in a blender. Blend until well blended. Scarp down the sides and blend for about 30 seconds more.
- Remove the skillet or pan from the oven and swirl the butter all around. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the cinnamon sugar and then pour the batter into the skillet. Place in the oven at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. DO NOT OPEN the oven during this first 20 minutes! After 20 minutes turn the oven down to 350 degrees and bake for another 15-20 minutes until the edges begin to brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 3-5 minutes. Brush or drizzle with the remaining melted butter, then cover in more cinnamon sugar. Serve immediately.
* It is extremely important not to open the oven until the last 5-10 minutes of baking. If you let the steam out, the dutch baby will not puff properly.
Give someone you love a hug. A huge, warm enough to melt Frosty, hug!