Dutch Baby pancake with Ontario peaches and honey

Inspiration can be found in the strangest places. This morning as I sat in my living room listening to the whirring of Indy cars down at Exhibition place it occurred to me that it sounded like bees, lots and lots of bees. As always this immediately translated into a food musing…mmmm honey. Starving after a night soaked with merlot, cab sauv, and barolo I decided that I was craving something sweet yet sturdy. Next the fragrance of a ripe Ontario peach wafted my way and I decided on a dutch baby pancake with peaches and honey.

Dutch baby pancakes are baked instead of done on the griddle and lend themselves very well to filling with fruit. Apples are very nice in this recipe as well but you can use whatever you have on hand.

Dutch baby pancakes with Ontario peaches and local honey

Dutch baby pancake with Ontario peaches and local honey

3 large eggs room temp
2/3 cup flour
2/3 cup milk
1 TBSP butter
1 Tsp lemon extract
3 peaches
1 TBSP honey
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 TBSP lemon zest
1 TBSP sugar

Pit, peel and slice 3 peaches
Let peaches sit in the juice of 1/2 lemon with 1 TBSP honey

Mix lemon zest and sugar to make a lemon sugar to top pancakes

In a mixer or large bowl
Beat 3 eggs until fluffy
Add 2/3 cup flour (I used all purpose but whole wheat would be yummy as well)
Add 2/3 cup milk
Add 1 Tsp lemon extract
Beat for approximately 1 minute on high

Drain liquids from peaches and fold into the batter

Heat oven proof skillet for 5-10 minutes in a 450 degree oven
Remove from oven and melt 1 TBSP butter brushing up the side of the pan with a silicone or pastry brush
Pour batter into skillet and return to oven
Bake until puffy and golden about 18-20 minutes
Remove from oven and top with lemon sugar (powdered sugar would be nice as well)
Slice into wedges

Dutch baby pancake with Ontario peaches and local honey

To plate top each slice with some peach slices and mint, I also added a piece of honeycomb as I had some on hand and it tasted gorgeous. Summer on a plate all inspired by Indy weekend in TO.

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