Dutch Baby with Lavender Sugar + Spice Station Giveaway

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{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 Lula May 5, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    don’t think about the bad stuff, think of the good things– mashed potatoes, pudding, (very soft) ice cream, tomato soup, and lots of drugs that will make you super loopy!!

  • Reply Alessa May 5, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    My only words of encouragement: Think of all the mashed potatoes you can eat! I had mine pulled, and I got to eat loads and loads of mashed potatoes. YUM!

  • Reply Kristin May 5, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I had my wisdom teeth out at 14. Just heed the doctor’s advice and don’t drink from a straw (or anything else that causes you to pucker and suck, like smoking). You’ll be fine, I hope you have someone to wait on you!

  • Reply Stef May 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I can’t remember getting my own wisdom teeth pulled (I was 13), but I remember my sister was too funny (amusing us as well as herself) from whatever sedative they gave her for the operation. So, hopefully you’re body will respond similarly!

    Also, buy a big jar of applesauce. I got sick of ice cream and milkshakes pretty quickly, so something of the same consistency that’s not sweet was heavenly.

    I’m sure you’ll be just fine! Of course it’s not a joy ride, but it won’t be as bad as you think! Good luck!

  • Reply Mollie May 5, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    You’ll be ok! I promise!

    You are smarter than your teeth. You are more beautiful than your teeth. In a fist fight, you would pretty much kick your teeth’s butt! (haha, like that’s even possible)

    Just get in that dentist chair and show them who’s boss!

  • Reply Pamela May 5, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I’m interested in making this but my husband keeps telling me that he needs to get me a “Dutch Oven” first. Is this true?

  • Reply Ryan May 5, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Dry socket? Jaw Headaches? Dutch Baby Teeth? No sucking? I had my wisdom teeth out and it was a blasty. You walk in to the office and they ask you kindly to take a nap. Umm, yeah you got it boss…NAP TIME. Then you peacefully wake up into a world of pillow-walls and sunshine. Your fellow astronauts will help you float to your space-pod where you’ll be flown to what you are told is your home. At home there will be a cozy, blanketed nook with your name on it and pills rattling in your pocket. Pop those pills, drool away, and half-watch some of your favorite movies while occasionally drifting back into the warmth of your inner deep space. You might suddenly awake and think, “I have no arms!” to which your arms will reply, “Shhhh, we’re right here. Now let’s go back to sleep.” Enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ptFTJekS00

  • Reply Autumn May 5, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Wow! That looks great! I have never had a dutch baby before. Weekend experiment time!

    Try not to worry. It will be over and done with before you know it. I had my wisdom teeth removed when I was fifteen. I don’t remember the pain as much as I remember the effects of the drugs and the anesthesia, but the pain I do remember wasn’t excruciating. Sleep and the medications helped me recover in a matter of days.

    During recovery and a week or so after, my meals consisted of jello, pudding, and soup. I love soup. There are some good savory soups that can be served cold (if you don’t want them warm), and there are some killer desert soups too. Smoothies, milkshakes and juice might work even better.

    I wish you all the best!

  • Reply Laura May 5, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Just discovered your blog– I love it! Hope all goes well.

  • Reply Bev May 5, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I agree moms are the best. Eat lots of soft food and it will be over before you know it.

  • Reply Susan May 5, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Beautiful Dutch baby! And your Big Ordeal will soon be history.

  • Reply Michela May 5, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Dutch baby looks yummy!

    I loved jello and mashed potatoes when I got my wisdom teeth out, it hurts bad, but only for a few days… Good Luck! Get the pain pills! lol

  • Reply Jing May 5, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Looks lovely! This is a really interesting idea, I’ve never seen one of these made with flavored sugar. (And, I’ve never gotten around to getting my wisdom teeth out myself, so….)

  • Reply Yasmin May 5, 2010 at 9:54 am

    You can do it!!! Get plenty of rest and use this time as an excuse to drink lots of orange juice and milkshakes, and to eat ice cream! A few days with ice on your face, and you’ll be better 🙂 (For the record, though, all I wanted was my momma when I got my wisdom teeth out, too!)

  • Reply heather May 5, 2010 at 8:46 am

    my fiancee and I LOVE dutch babies. it’s kind of our thing. lavender on top sounds delicious. and beautiful. hmm, I got all four of my teeth out at the same time and it didn’t hurt a bit. until i got home. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t fun, but the pain didn’t last long. this is an excuse to be pampered by your family and friends — request WHATEVER sounds like it’ll be good for your mouth!! and I agree with magi on the sleep, sleep, sleep comment.

    cheers and best of luck,

    *heather*

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