Dutch Baby with Lavender Sugar + Spice Station Giveaway


{UPDATE! Your sweet words were a riot to read–thank you so, SO much for them. Dooms day is this Thursday and I’m taking your advice and stockpiling gelato, various other ice creams, making homemade mashed potatoes (Ree’s recipe), and pureeing some vegetables, since many of you said I’d get sick of sweet stuff pretty quickly. The two chosen winners, at random, are:

Comment #28

and Comment #47

Let’s talk giveaway. Everyone looooves free stuff, especially me. Vanilla beans are super amazing. And super beautiful. So is lavender. Two lovely people will win one set of goodies from The Spice Station, my favorite LA spice store. One set includes a bag of five organic vanilla beans and a bag of dried, beautiful lavender. To win, simply leave a comment below, contest closes Saturday at noon. What type of comment? Interesting you ask.

I need words of serious encouragement. I’m getting my wisdom teeth pulled next week, and all I want is my momma.

One thing I learned this week: having wisdom teeth doesn’t result in wisdom. If I was wise, I would’ve had these things yanked out in high school and had my mom take care of me. Moms are good at that. They take care of you like no one can. Their sandwiches magically taste better, they can fold your clothes much neater and better than you ever will, and when they feel sorry for you, it’s like the coziest thing in the world. Moms are the best. I know mine is. And if I lived in the same state as her, I’d make her this dutch baby this weekend. It’s perfectly beautiful. It’s screams Spring. And is dusted with lavender sugar! Amazing. Calming. Perfect for a Mother’s Day Brunch.

This dutch baby is pretty easy to pull together. Just whip up the batter, throw in a hot cast iron and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. And voila! Prettiness!

Dutch Baby with Lavender Sugar

Recipe from Gourmet Magazine

Print this recipe!

I really love flavored sugars so whenever I have a vanilla bean I’ve used up I never throw it away; instead I put in a tupperware with a few cups of sugar. I did the same with some lavender a few weeks back, and boy, was it amazing. The sugar tasted really, ummm….pretty!

1/3 cup sugar

1 tablespoon of dried lavender

3 large eggs at room temperature 30 minutes

2/3 cup whole milk at room temperature

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Put 10″ cast iron skillet on middle rack of oven and preheat oven to 450ºF. Stir together sugar and zest in a small bowl. Beat eggs with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and frothy, then beat in milk, flour, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and continue to beat until smooth, about 1 minute more (batter will be thin). Add butter to hot skillet and melt, swirling to coat. Add batter and immediately return skillet to oven. Bake until puffed and golden-brown, 18 to 25 minutes. Serve immediately, topped with lavender sugar.

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  • Reply Eunice May 5, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Good luck with your wisdom teeth! While the procedure is uncomfortable (sitting with your mouth open that wide for any period of time is not exactly a picnic) it isn’t too bad! This is coming from me, a certified wuss when it comes to pain. Make sure you ask your dentist for nice strong pain killers!

  • Reply magi May 5, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I hope all goes well! I haven’t had my wisdom teeth out yet so I can’t talk of the pain from experience. I have noticed that everyone’s experiences are different…you might not even have a bad recovery time.. If you do just sleepp sleep sleep. Good luck!

  • Reply Casey May 5, 2010 at 7:34 am

    My advice – sleep it off. I slept for like 3 days straight when I had my wisdom teeth out… and it really wasn’t that bad. I am sure you will be just fine!!

  • Reply Alison May 5, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Good luck! I have to get my wisdom teeth pulled too. Just imagine how much easier life will be when you don’t have to worry about food getting stuck back there! And it’s 4 less teeth to worry about getting cavities! There’s always a bright side 🙂

  • Reply Katrina May 5, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Everything will turn out just right, just like this Dutch Baby. Just make sure your place is ready to welcome you home and that you get plenty of sleep and have that fridge stocked with mashed potatoes, soup, and ice cream. Make sure you exercise the day before. That’s it, you’re set!

    I love it when I can make something in the cast iron that pretty much just cooks itself!

  • Reply Sarah May 5, 2010 at 6:59 am

    I too was terrified to have my wisdom teeth removed, and I also waited until I was an adult. It’s really not that bad, stock up on soft food and movies you’ve been wanting to watch. Good luck!

  • Reply Sarah May 5, 2010 at 6:59 am

    I too was terrified to have my wisdom teeth removed, and I also waited until I was an adult. It’s really not that bad, stock up on soft food and movies you’ve been wanting to watch. Good luck!

  • Reply Katied May 5, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Between the laughing gas and the painkillers you’ll be having a better time next week than I will be sitting at my work computer drooling over your blog posts. Plus, you get to eat yummy food like mashed potatoes, ice cream and smoothies! That sounds like a dream to me 😀 Don’t worry you’ll do fine!

    As for your recipe – Thank you! I needed a way to ensure that my boyfriend’s mom likes me! I’ll be making this for their family on Mother’s Day!

  • Reply Susanna May 5, 2010 at 6:17 am

    I was introduced to Dutch Babies in the past few years and I love them! A good, baked, eggy, pancake. Will have to try the lavendar sugar.

  • Reply cherie May 5, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Seriously . . . you’re going to have a little nap, and wake up finished. . . right? And you’ll have a headache in your jaw . . . which means you’ll be forced to eat delicious soft and creamy things – like risotto, and chocolate pudding, and smoothies, and milkshakes.

    Seriously . . . I swear . . . pleasant dreams!

  • Reply Curls McGhee May 5, 2010 at 5:35 am

    Don’t fret about the wisdom teeth, you’ll be just fine! Just make sure to bone up on advil, milkshakes and good movies at home.

    PS. I was just looking up dutch baby recipes last night, what a coincidence!

  • Reply Mary Margaret May 5, 2010 at 5:13 am

    It’s really not that bad. Just make sure that you follow all of their post op instructions so you don’t get a dry socket …. now that is when the pain comes in! Other than that, it’s not so bad 🙂

  • Reply Naomi May 5, 2010 at 4:26 am

    When I got my wisdom teeth out I had no pain at all. They just put me out, and I woke up with four fewer teeth.

    This dutch baby looks sooo good. I have some dried lavender in my cupboard, I should get to making some lavender sugar.

  • Reply jessica May 5, 2010 at 1:31 am

    You can do it! Seriously. Just don’t suck up your yummy smoothies with a straw, use a spoon. Give yourself time to recover and pamper yourself a bit. Another tip – try and keep up with the pain medication. If you hit it on its head right away, then it won’t be as bad. So even if you don’t think you need it the first day, go ahead and take something until you have let the drugs from the actual procedure wear off. Pain is always more manageable when it doesn’t rear its ugly head up. I can thank my nursing mom for helping me have a relatively painless recovery!

  • Reply bpmcgackin May 5, 2010 at 12:52 am

    that looks absolutely amazing. all this talk about vanilla bean has given me a serious ice cream craving. something rich like breyer’s at the very least.

    that’s one good thing about getting your wisdom teeth taken out, actually—and probably the only thing—you’re basically encouraged to drink milkshakes and eat ice cream. the combination of coldness and softness is pretty much all your mouth can handle :/

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