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 Elizabeth May 7, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    One Word . . . . . “Drugs”
    Take what ever you are offered, take it when you are supposed to take it, and load up on soft foods. You’ll be fine!

  • Reply Layla May 7, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Do not worry about getting your wisdom teeth removed!! I had all four of mine removed a couple years ago and it was a breeze!! I was scared as well, but the procedure is very fast and truly pain free. Later in the evening I felt a tiny bit of discomfort, but just pop some pain killers and your great! I only stayed home for 2 days and then I was back to my normal life. Plus, you get to eat all kinds great things!! I remember all the ice cream and mashed potatoes:)
    Good luck, you will be totally fine:)

  • Reply Dulcimer May 7, 2010 at 9:46 am

    My words of encouragement (from experience): anesthesia is AWESOME.

  • Reply Katrina May 7, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Firstly, let me just say “it will be fine”. I had my wisdom teeth pulled last summer and was AWAKE the whole time. They of course froze my mouth, but I heard absolutely everything. I didn’t feel a thing throughout the whole procedure, and the worst part is after when you can’t eat solid food. SO, I made yummy smoothies!! You’ll be A-OK 🙂

    Also, I’ve never heard of a dutch baby, and am sooo glad I checked out your blog! It sounds awesome.

  • Reply kayenne May 7, 2010 at 1:24 am

    oooooohhh… i feel for you. my own treatment, mefenamic acid 500mg and paracetamol. lots of non-chunky ice cream. cold soups and congee. books/music/fan fiction – lots of them. and eye-candy.

  • Reply Jessy May 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Lavender sugar…hmmm. Never thought of such a thing, but if people drink dandelion wine, then…! LOL Your dutch baby looks delicious! I hope that all goes well with you and your wisdom teeth. Ice cream is a must have after you get home, btw. And a good excuse!

  • Reply Memoria May 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Your dutch baby looks amazing. I love the close-up shots!! Wow.

    I need to get my wisdom tooth taken out too, but no dentist has contacted me. I guess they don’t want to remove anymore teeth. I wish I could give you words of wisdom. I guess I could say that after the pain, you’ll never have to feel that pain again…hehe

    I wish I had a parent make sandwiches for me haha. There’s nothing like having someone else cook for you and with love.

  • Reply Lauren May 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    When I got mine pulled out a few summers ago, I survived on gin and tonics and these kahlua mudslides that came in bottles that I would throw in the blender with vanilla ice cream (and sometimes chocolate syrup). If you’re going under anesthesia, I would recommend bringing some anti-nausea medication just in case. Hope you have a quick recovery!

  • Reply Katie E. May 6, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    My big advice is to ask for the laughing gas–it made getting my wisdom teeth out a fantastic afternoon! I had never had the gas before, and almost wish I had more wisdom teeth to take out so I could have it again. =)

  • Reply Andrew May 6, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I am not looking to having mine out, but I recommend doing what I did for my friend when she had hers out. Stock up on ice cream and sorbet, I made a few different ones for her even a lavender sorbet.

  • Reply Lindsey May 6, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    All I can say is DRUGS baby – drugs!!! There is no reason you should have to suffer! Good luck and heal quickly! 🙂

  • Reply Sarah May 6, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I just started reading your blog and it is wonderful! I had my wisdom teeth pulled about 10 years ago. The worst part about it was the pinch of the needle when they numbed up my mouth. Once you feel up to eating after your teeth are out, I would definitely recommend ice cream. Just don’t make the same mistake I did, stay away from ice cream with bits of stuff in it.

  • Reply Idalys May 6, 2010 at 7:45 am

    I’ve never had mine removed, but I’d definitely milk it if I had the chance… Think about it, not having to do a damn thing! =D sounds great to me! Not to mention all the ice cream, popsicles, jello you could eat! make yourself a nice gazpacho and chill in bed watching re-runs of your fave shows all day! Good luck!

  • Reply Laura May 6, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Good luck with your wisdom teeth! I was lucky and was only born with one (not very wise!). The procedure isn’t bad, and as everyone has pointed out- mashed potatoes and pudding afterwards 🙂

    I’ve never even heard of a dutch baby, I might just have to make one now 🙂

  • Reply Rosie May 6, 2010 at 12:33 am

    That looks so good. I love lavender and I haven’t had a dutch baby in years.
    As for your poor teeth…
    Stock pile mashed potatoes and gravy. I remember the first time I came out of the dentist’s office all doped up I hobbled across the street to KFC. Times were desperate. Now I make a big old dish of this (http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/11/delicious_creamy_mashed_potatoes/) the night before.

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