Blueberry Lemon Oven Pancake

Today’s Blueberry Lemon Oven Pancake is a beautiful, humbling reminder that my primary duty as a cook is to take the best ingredients I can find…and not mess them up.

Blueberry Lemon Oven Pancake - This bright, fruity twist on a classic Dutch baby is a family favorite. Only 5 minutes to prep! @wellplated

I can’t take credit for that line—I heard it from Anthony Bourdain, who repeated it from someone else, on an old episode of No Reservations—but as someone who has a propensity for making things unnecessarily complicated, it stuck with me.

When I set out to make an oven pancake (or German pancake or Dutch baby or puff pancake—I never did find a clear distinction between the terms, so pick your favorite), I didn’t think it would be difficult; I just had no idea it would be this easy.

Or that it would taste this good.

German Oven Pancakes with Blueberry and Lemon—Only 5 minutes to prep and a family favorite! @wellplated

This oven pancake is tender and almost crepe-like in texture, with a delicate, buttery flavor that melts on your tongue. The blueberries soften and burst in the oven, and their juiciness against the brightness of the lemon zest tastes of the promise of sunny summer mornings to come.

German-Oven-Pancake-with-Blueberry

Don’t let the simplicity of this oven pancake recipe fool you. A look at the short ingredient list (flour, butter, milk, eggs, vanilla) and process (mix batter; dump batter into dish; bake) will lead you to suspect that nothing remarkable is happening here. After all, how can a recipe that takes only three minutes to prep be anything special?

This twist on a classic Dutch baby (German oven pancake) with blueberries and lemon is bright and refreshing. Only 5 minutes to make and kids love watching it puff in the oven. @wellplated

The truth is, I am still not sure. All that I can tell you is that every bite I took of this Blueberry Lemon Oven Pancake was more heavenly than the one before. While, happily, recipes often turn out better than I expected, this one astonished me. It’s simple and exquisite. Pop one into your oven this weekend, and see if you don’t agree!

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Blueberry Lemon Oven Pancake

You’ll love the fresh lemon and blueberries baked into this light and airy German oven pancake. Easy to make, and it puffs up beautifully as it cooks!

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk (I used non-fat—use 2% for a richer pancake or swap almond or soy milk to make dairy free)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or substitute additional all-purpose flour. Regular whole wheat flour will result in a denser texture)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen—if using frozen no need to thaw first)
  • Serving ideas: powdered sugar; additional lemon zest; butter; honey and/or pure maple syrup; jam; whipped cream; ricotta cheese; Greek yogurt; additional berries

Directions:

  1. Place a rack in the center of your oven. Set a 9×13-inch baking dish on the rack, then preheat the oven (with the dish in it) to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or a medium mixing bowl with a hand mixer (or by hand with some elbow grease), briskly combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, and lemon zest. Add the all purpose flour, whole wheat pastry flour, sugar, and salt. Continue whisking until the batter is very smooth and no lumps remain. If you need to do so, melt the butter and have it on hand. Keep a pastry brush or similar on hand as well.
  3. When the oven has preheated, remove the baking pan from the oven and immediately pour in the melted butter. Be careful, as the butter will splatter and sizzle when it hits the hot pan. With a pastry brush, quickly spread the butter up the sides of the pan, then pour in the batter. Sprinkle the top with 1/2 cup blueberries.
  4. Bake the pancake for 20-25 minutes, very puffy, deep golden brown on the top edges, and the center has set. Check the pancake at the 15-minute mark. If it has already begun to turn very brown on top, place a sheet of aluminum foil loosely over the the top to shield it, then continue baking as directed. Dust with powdered sugar. Slice and serve warm with desired toppings.

For a smaller pancake, reduce the batter by 3/4 and bake in an 8×11-inch baking dish or reduce by half and bake in an 8×8 inch pan. Watch the baking time carefully, as it may need to be reduced. This oven pancake tastes best the day that it is made. It can be reheated, but the texture will not be as soft and delicate.

adapted from Seasons and Suppers

// All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 (of 6) without extra toppings

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 238
  • Total Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 145mg
  • Sodium: 163mg
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Protein: 8g

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About Erin Clarke

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25 comments

  1. I love the sound of this and you’re right–at first sight it seems like it might be complicated, but after reading through the recipe it seems TOO easy. I may just have to try something like this myself! 

  2. Can you find a way to make this in your hotel room for me next moth? I love the blueberry lemon combo. 

  3. Mmmm….I love me some pancakes. And the fact that these are oven ready makes me so happy!

  4. I’m SO terrible at flipping pancakes on a griddle- they’re either raw in the center or burnt. I love how easy this oven pancake is to throw together :)

  5. I love Anthony Bourdain’s quote in this post.  So true!  Have you read his book Kitchen Confidential?  I’m part way through it and LOVE it.  It’s a very honest account of his experience in the restaurant industry.

    And what what what is an oven pancake/German pancake/Dutch baby/puff pancake?  I’ve made regular pancakes before but I’ve literally never even heard of those terms!  My boyfriend and I were going to make pancakes tomorrow morning but I’m going to try and see if he will go on an oven-pancake-adventure with me.  haha :) He doesn’t really like blueberries, so I might substitute strawberries instead!  

    I’ll let you know how it turns out if we make it.  It sure looks yummy!

  6. I was thinking of using strawberries in this recipe instead; that should be fine right? I just bought a ton of them and have been looking for recipes to use them in!

  7. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!!! Looks amazing! So, is that a specific brand of blueberries? All I can ever find are the small,average sized berries (boring!).  ;( 

  8. I love German pancakes because they are so easy to make and you can put in whatever you want!  Love that line too as I also have a tendency to over complicate things!

  9. Pancakes are like crack to me. This looks so damn good! 

  10. Why yes, I DID spill my coffee on my shirt when I saw this recipe hahaha. It looks THAT good! In other words, I’m making this ASAP! :) 

  11. hey girl-   this looks so divine!

  12. Hello there! Thank you for this recipe! It turned out great. It was 100% gone soon! A few comments: 1) I added 1/2 cup of coconut at the end, along with the blueberries. That was a nice flavor booster. 2) I split the batter, blueberries and coconut in two 9.5 inch glass pie pans. 3) I like the trick of buttering the hot baking dish(es). This definitely made the result easier to not stick to the baking dish. 4) I would be interested to try a savory version of this recipe. Example leave out the sugar, blueberries, and coconut and try a vegetable, like asparagus, with savory cheese or sauce. 5) to get the amount of lemon zest needed, the recipe should probably specify the number of lemons which seems to be two

    Rating: 5
  13. This looks like a heavenly breakfast!  Love lemon and blueberry together!

  14. Made this for dinner last night! Used almond milk because that’s what we had on hand. It was DELICIOUS! Thank you for sharing!!!

  15. if you don’t have whole wheat pastry flour, just AP flour can be used?  or am i reading that incorrectly?  thanks!  

  16. Beautiful and SO easy for a brunch!

  17. I made these a couple nights ago. I didn’t want to add that much butter so I added 1 tablespoon to the batter and sprayed the pan with oil liberally instead of using butter. They did not stick and tasted pretty good! 

    Rating: 4

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