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 Adi May 5, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    What a lovely Mother’s Day idea!
    Good luck with your wisdom teeth! Just follow the instructions they give you, and remember – they do this procedure all the time!
    My main advice is, if you think something is wrong and it’s not healing right, call them right away. Don’t wait. But I’m sure you will be fine! Oh, and make sure to have a close friend with you to take you home and help get your medication. Best wishes!

  • Reply Allison May 5, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I actually have fond memories of getting my wisdom teeth out! I did all four at once and with laughing gas rather than general anesthesia…the nitrous was a blast! Also, what could be better than a valid excuse to eat only ice cream for a few days? You’ll get through it, no problem 😉

    P.S. I just recently found your blog, and it’s great!

  • Reply Melissa W. May 5, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    You can do this. It is mostly the unknown that tends to scare us. Don’t think too much about the procedure beforehand, make sure you get something to calm your nerves if you need it. It will be over so quickly you will be surprised! Like others have said, make sure that you have pain meds on hand. Take them as directed. You will be okay, I promise. I’ve had two kidney transplants and my parathyroid removed without problems. I know it is scary the first time you have to get something done but I swear it will fly right by and you will be fine. Much love to you!

  • Reply Becky May 5, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I still haven’t had my wisdom teeth removed, so I can’t personally relate yet! However, just remember that the pain is temporary and you’ll get through it! And luckily there’s all kinds of meds to help ease the discomfort. Good luck and here’s to lots of yummy food and recipes post-op! : )

  • Reply Jennifer May 5, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I, too, had my wisdom teeth removed as an adult. My only advice is, make sure you have the pain medication nearby when the anesthetic wears off. I had forgotten to pick it up, so that was really my only time of pain was waiting for someone to go to the drugstore and get it for me. It really wasn’t that bad, though, and I was at an amusement park just a couple of days later. Best of luck!

  • Reply Taryn May 5, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    definitely sleep propped up the first couple of nights! I slept in a recliner, and ended up without any swelling…you can do it!

  • Reply crystal May 5, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Oh, thank you! I haven’t had those since a mentor of mine in high school would make them during our weekly breakfasts! I’ve never sent her a mothers day card and I think this year that I’m going to – and maybe that recipe attached!

    Don’t stress about your teeth. It’s always worse thinking about it than it is going through it. I PROMISE! It’s a great excuse to relax for a while. Just don’t eat ANY loose spices (as in chives in my mashed potatoes). You’ll do GREAT!!!

  • Reply laura May 5, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    when i had my wisdom teeth out it really wasn’t that bad. the recovery is quicker than you expect, and you get an excuse to eat ice cream!

  • Reply Laurel May 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I had mine out. They knocked me out and gave me great pain meds, so it was a relatively painless and no stress procedure! You’ll be fine!

  • Reply Kirsten May 5, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Oh my goodness I love lavender. My grandma makes dutch babies all the time, but in the oven. I’m going to have to tell her about this next time I go visit!

    The cool thing about wisdom teeth surgery is that you get a nice side dish of heavy pain killers. If you have left overs, keep ’em handy for when Ibuprofen just won’t cut it 🙂

  • Reply JodieMo May 5, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Lavender sugar! What a great idea!

    Alas, I can’t help much with the wisdom teeth. At 28 and a few dental x-rays, it’s clear that I was one of the lucky few to be born without wisdom teeth. I hear the drugs are good though. So, I wish you luck, a speedy recovery, and a good supply of painkillers. 🙂

  • Reply Sara May 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Curse this site! It always makes me so hungry!

    Good luck with the wisdom teeth. I had mine pulled in 10th grade. Afterwards my father had the ‘brilliant’ idea of taking me to the grocery store to get ice cream (his heart was in the right place.) I spent the time drooling saliva mixed with blood into a cup while following my father down the aisles. I felt no pain throughout the entire process and recovery though, thanks to pain killers. You’ll be A-OK, just make sure to stock your fridge/freezer beforehand!! Good luck!

  • Reply Jess May 5, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    The fruit flavors of baby food are actually quite good — I was always a fan of them after braces tightenings and also following wisdom teeth extraction. I also really enjoyed some mashed potatoes with a bit of parmesan — I got tired of sweet sweet sweet of jello, pudding, fruit, smoothie, etc.

  • Reply Jeanne May 5, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Lavender sugar sounds divine! I’m going to have to try it. I still have my wisdom teeth, so I don’t have any specific advice. But I’ve heard that you get to eat lots of ice cream so that’s a good thing! Good luck! 🙂

  • Reply Kitrina May 5, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Good Luck with your wisdom teeth!

    That looks delicious by the way. I love any food with lavender.

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