Monday, September 06, 2010

Apple dutch baby with green chiles

green chile apple dutch baby

There’s something about this time of year that makes me feel fresh and crisp, like a first-of-the-season apple. Perhaps it’s the cooler air or perhaps it’s the shorter days, but I feel an urge to get things done

I used to have a high school teacher who would always say to us, “Don’t squander your time!” Of course, when you’re 16 you feel like you have all the time in the world so we’d just laugh at him. But these days, with a serious manuscript deadline pointing at me, I finally understand—make every moment count.

The day after Labor Day was always the first day of school when I was a kid. I miss the anticipation, hope and joy that always came with a return to class. And even though these days most kids have been in school since August, I still think of Labor Day as summer’s last hurrah. It’s a time to slowly slough off the longer, lazier days of the season so you can reveal something more direct and purposeful.



The farmers market reflects this transition with its bounty of both late-summer chile peppers and early arrival autumn apples; it’s a time of two seasons. And while you might not usually associate chile peppers with apples, this is the reason why I think that two go together so well.

If you’re like me, you probably want a heartier breakfast in the cooler months, though if you’re busy you may not have the time to cook an intense morning meal. That’s why I like Dutch babies—a baked pancake that comes together with little effort, yet tastes like you spent hours preparing it.

Apples are a traditional fruit included in this dish, but I think you’ll like it with the addition of green chiles as well. I use jalapeños for their bright heat, but if you’re in Texas and have access to some Hatch chiles, I think they would be a dandy complement to the apples.

green chile apple dutch baby

I find that Dutch babies keep for a day or so in the refrigerator (I like to eat them cold sometimes). And they travel well. So if you’re visiting friends you haven’t seen for a while, a green-chile apple Dutch baby is a super thing to share when you ask the question, “Say, how was your summer?”

Apple dutch baby with green chiles



Ingredients:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 firm cooking apples such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored and cut into thin slices
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 jalapeño chile, stemmed, seeded, and diced
1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 425° F. In a 10-inch ovenproof skillet, preferably cast-iron, melt the butter on low heat. Add the apples, sugar, cinnamon, and salt and while occasionally stirring, cook the apples until soft, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a blender add the eggs, milk, flour and vanilla and mix until a smooth batter is formed. When the apples are done, sprinkle on top of them the diced chiles and then pour over the apples the batter. Bake uncovered in the oven for 15 minutes or until it’s puffy and an inserted knife pulls out clean.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.


Yield:
4 to 8 servings

Notes:
You can substitute Hatch green chiles or poblano chiles if you like. Just be sure and roast them under the broiler until black, place in a sealed plastic or paper bag for 15 minutes and then peel before chopping. I’ve also substituted half-and-half and buttermilk for the milk on occasion, with delicious results.

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46 comments:

Koci said...

What a cool idea! I've never tried making dutch babies before, but I think I'm gonna have to give it a go. Even though it's just the beginning of September, I can't wait to get cooking all those great, hearty fall and winter foods.

WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

Oh my goodness, that sounds good! And easy! My too favorite qualities in a recipe!!

I'm new to your blog but I can already tell it was a good decision to follow you.

: )

Lucie said...

This sounds delicious! I had never heard of a dutch baby before--glad I know about it now :)

Tatersmama said...

Chili's and apples together in a Dutch Baby? Oh my... I think I could really get into this one! *slurp*

Laura @ SweetSavoryPlanet said...

I love Dutch Babies. We usually call them Panakuken They are so easy to make. I usually cook the pancake plain and make a fruit sauce to top. This looks really good cooked together and I am definitely going to try it this way. I just bought several pounds of jalapenos for pickling, one a sweetened version and one standard. I am sure I can spare one for a Dutch baby.

Jessica said...

They had samples of hatch apple cobbler at Central Market a couple weeks ago, and the combination of the chilies and apples was great!

ConnieMomaLightner said...

I have Hatch chiles on their way to me right now! Friends went for the weekend and are bringing them back for us. Can't wait to make this for my husband,two of his favorite things are apple pie and Hatch chiles. I know he is going to love this!!

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Koci--Dutch babies are a cinch to make. And yep, I'm sad summer is ending but I'm also looking forward to hearty warm meals.

WomanWhoRunsWithHorses--Welcome and thank you!

Lucie--It's a real treat!


Tatersmama--You can never go wrong with green chiles and apple together!

Laura--I'd never heard the name Panukuken. Learn something new everyday!

Jessica--Oh, I could definitely go for some Hatch green chile cobbler!

ConnieMomaLightner--What a wonderful package to receive! I need to have my mom send me some since I don't think we're going to get any here this year. Enjoy!

Lea Ann said...

Fabulous Post. Couldn't agree more about the feeling Fall brings. Also love this idea of the apples with the peppers! Another bookmarked.

icharlotte said...

I'm so happy I stocked up on the Hatch chilis this year! If you have any more recipes using them feel free the share! :D

Brenda said...

Lisa, I have missed you for the last two weeks !!!! You have me spoiled!! I have never tried a Dutch baby but it sure sounds good.
Breakfast is the favorite meal around my house. Can't wait to try out the recipe. It is nice and cool this am in central Texas. We really had a wonderful summer until the first day of Aug. Then it seemed like the temp got stuck on 100. paleadmHurrican Hermine is giving us some rain this morning, which is sorely needed. I did have lots of squash, cukes, peppers, and cantaloupes this summer. All the gardens in this area did great. Always love your recipes. Thanks so much for the time you put into giving them to us.

Yardwork said...

I have never heard of a dutch baby! But I am seriously going to make this - in fact, I have a jalapeño chile in my refridge right at this moment. Now, I just need the other ingredients.......

Jessica said...

I feel the same way about September that you do. It's hard for me to imagine September being "springtime" like it is for folks in the southern hemisphere. Love to visit Australia, but don't think I could live there! lol

This is a very interesting flavor combo. I never would have thought of combining the two. I will have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Lea Ann--I agree, fall is my favorite time of year.

icharlotte--I will!

Brenda--I was taking a breather. Glad to be back! And be careful with Hermine, I hear the power is out in some places.

Yardwork--Some people might know it as a German pancake. No matter what you call it, though, it's good!

Jessica--I couldn't ever get used to that either. I have a friend from Australia who talks about how they'd spend Christmas in their pool.

Hungry Little Blackbird said...

Wow! Green chile season is in the air, even all the way up here in Alaska! This dish looks so amazing, I can't wait to give it whirl. From one Homesick Texan to another, thank you so much for your blog!

TrippyTexan said...

I'd never even heard of combining apples and chili peppers before. Got to try this!

bethani said...

Love your blog - read it regularly. Being from Texas myself I find myself enjoying most of the recipes you touch on.

Funny story - went to New York for vacation to see some family of a boyfriends (at the time, now an ex) but they wanted enchiladas - so there I am "smuggling" el pato, rotel and all the "ethnic" items into my luggage. Thank god for huge ziploc bags and no pucture holes in the cans.

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

What an amazing combo! I love hot and sweet together but would never have thought to put jalapenos in an apple pancake! Actually makes me wonder if pepper jelly might be good spread on regular apple pancakes...

kim said...

Cooler days?? What cooler days? Oh yeah, you're in that Northern Hellhole j/k!

I shall remain in Texas and bask in the wonderful heat, while eating this delicious recipe.

With Blue Bell ice cream on top.

Gabriel Hummel said...

Green apples and green chilies? Your inner Texan is really shining through on this dish.

I say we all pack up our crap and move to New Mexico asap in order to live of said pies.

Anonymous said...

wow!!! I just made this for breakfast, and it was amazing!! The jalapenos really make this dish something special. I immediately sent the recipe to my mother in Texas. Thank you!!!!!

GT said...

This looks wonderful - I am going to make it on Friday to take to work!

The combination of apples and chiles is a little surprising to people who aren't used to it, but I made a hatch-chile apple pie for Thanksgiving a few years ago and it was gobbled up just as quickly as the traditional apple variety...

Katy@BlueEyedBakers said...

Wow. What an interesting combo...I love it! Must give it a try. Thanks for posting!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Love dutch babies, but this is a lovely unique combination of flavors! Must try.

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Hungry Little Blackbird--I love green chile season, don't you?

TrippyTexan--It's a wonderful combination!

Bethani--Ha! I definitely know the feeling of smuggling goods in your luggage!

Katie--Oh! I just might have to try that!

Kim--Enjoy your Blue Bell and please eat a scoop for me!

Gabriel--Ha!

Anon--So happy you liked it!

GT--I've found that people really love the two together. That pie sounds amazing!

Katy--You're very welcome!

Tasty--It's sweet and spicy, my favorite combination!

Anonymous said...

This sounds amazing! Maybe I will do a mixture of hatch and jalapenos. Mmmmmm!

Ellie McBride said...

You just missed Hatch Chile season in Austin where the whole town goes crazy for Hatch Chile's. I would totally try this with hatches too. We recently concocted a recipe with apples baked in the BBQ, chiles and ice cream. This seems similar.

Whole-Grain Texan said...

I made it this morning, halving the recipe [but using a whole hatch pepper] and cooked it a 6" [cast iron] skillet. [I also used white whole wheat flour, 'cause that's how I roll.]

It was _fantastic_. The two of us ate the whole thing with a little homemade salsa on the side.

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Anon--Hope y'all enjoy it!

Ellie--I'm sad that I missed the season. Sometimes we get Hatch chiles here in NYC, but not this year. And ice cream? Oh, my--I want to try that!

Whole-Grain Texan--Excellent news--and I think that whole wheat flour and apples go together very well. And I just love that you served it with salsa on the side!

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Anon--Hope y'all enjoy it!

Ellie--I'm sad that I missed the season. Sometimes we get Hatch chiles here in NYC, but not this year. And ice cream? Oh, my--I want to try that!

Whole-Grain Texan--Excellent news--and I think that whole wheat flour and apples go together very well. And I just love that you served it with salsa on the side!

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Anon--Hope y'all enjoy it!

Ellie--I'm sad that I missed the season. Sometimes we get Hatch chiles here in NYC, but not this year. And ice cream? Oh, my--I want to try that!

Whole-Grain Texan--Excellent news--and I think that whole wheat flour and apples go together very well. And I just love that you served it with salsa on the side!

theamerarabwife said...

My Hungry Husband has been asking for pancakes lately, and although he's quite happy with the normal plain variety, I can't even imagine how pleased he'll be when I put these in front of him!

SeattleDee said...

Your Dutch Baby post reminds me of a related recipe from an old Santa Fe cookbook for Green Chile Apple Pie with Pecan Crumb Crust. Apples and chiles are a special duo and can help to ease the culinary transition from summer to autumn produce.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

I have to admit I'd never heard of dutch babies before. But it turns out The Original Pancake House (NOT IHOP) here in Austin is apparently famous for theirs. When I go I'll snag a picture for you. LOVE the addition of jalapenos in yours!

Amy said...

I'm surprised I've never heard of this! It's on my to-cook list. Yum. We love jalapenos (and Habaneros), so this will make a yummy treat on the weekend. Thanks for reminding me of some of the things I miss most about Texas. I'm happy to be able to keep the food traditions going even though I'm away!

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Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

theamerarabwife--Can't wait to hear if he likes them!

SeattleDee--Now that sounds amazing!

Miss Meat and Potatoes--You might have heard them called German pancakes. And a little jalapeño never hurt anything!

Amy--I'm right with you!

Rita--Gracias!

Ann from Montana said...

I've made this recipe twice now...first time with regular flour, the second time I substituted a gluten-free flour mix (Pamela's Baking and Pancake mix).

The gluten-free worked fine! I did increase the cinnamon and vanilla extract a bit in the gf as the gf flours tend to need a bit of a flavor boost.

Deanna said...

If I was going to put this together and cook it at a friends house so we could eat it warm, could I do the first step? Would the apples be ok if they sat a little before they were cooked? And the flour, egg mixture, are they ok mixed and sitting for a bit? I dont want to make a mess at my friends house but I also want this to taste right. I am excited to try this. Thanks for posting this recipe!

Tawny said...

I just made something that looks a lot like this! Minus the chiles. Next time i'll have to try this one!
-Tawny @The Year of The Cookie

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Ann--Great to know!

Deanna--I'm sure the apples would be fine.

Tawny--Yes, definitely try the chiles next time.

Deanna said...

Lisa, this was so good! Many compliments from my friends. They have been following your blog for a long time and sent me the link yesterday to try this for dessert for our dinner tonight and it was a hit. I will continue to follow your blog now! Thanks!

Emily said...

Damn, I can't wait to try this! It's that magic time of year where hatch season and apple season overlap, and they're so good together. And I love a good dutch baby.....
Thanks!
-Emily

Whitney said...

I just pulled a steaming Dutch baby out of the oven and boy, was it sure good.
Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!
So far every recipe from this Blog that I've tried has turned out perfect and I've used them again and again.
I can't wait to get a copy of your new book.
Thanks again for all the tried and true recipes.

Whitney

Oh, and by the way the pictures are my favorite part!

Jenlearnstocook said...

I don't have a cast iron skillet and I am not sure if any of my other skillets are ok to use in the oven...what else can I use? I really want to make this!

Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Jeniearnstocook--It's traditionally done in a skillet, but I suppose you could try it in a 9x9 baking dish. I'm not sure how it would turn out, though.

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