Chestnut Dutch Baby with Caramelized Nectarines + Bonus Baking Sneak Peek

date08.12.15

Chestnut Dutch Baby with Caramelized Nectarines

You might have noticed I’ve been popping by here somewhat sporadically the past couple of months. I’ve been busy working on some behind-the-scenes baking that’s sucking all the energy out of me. Quite literally, actually. Before I tell you about this puffy golden chestnut dutch baby pancake, I’m excited to finally be able to share a sneak peek of what I’ve been baking up.

Here’s the recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 98.6°F.
  2. Place bun in the oven.
  3. Bake for 9 months.
  4. Remove on February 9th, 2016.

That’s right, folks – we’ve got a baby in the oven! And it turns out growing a tiny human is about all the energy I’ve been able to muster up lately (sorrynotsorry for being so MIA!). We’re nearly 15 weeks along now though, which I’ve been promised means a burst of energy is heading my way soon (…pretty please?).

Chestnut Dutch Baby with Caramelized NectarinesKaren warned me that when she was pregnant, she didn’t want to look at food or food blogs for the first three months. As usual, I brushed Karen’s warning aside (just as I did her “wear gloves while picking blackberries” caution) and, as usual, she was right. Morning sickness is a curious misnomer that should really be called Allthetime Sickness.

Chestnut Dutch Baby with Caramelized Nectarines

In my case it meant I’ve wanted to eat nothing but cheese and popsicles for the past 3 months. And apparently, if you do that, you can still grow a baby. At our last ultrasound appointment, I pointed to the screen and matter-of-factly announced to the doctor, “that’s made of cheese.” Lucas was in stitches. #cheesebaby

Aside from 3am nacho-fests, I’ve eaten my way through about 10lbs of ice and finished off a gallon of milk in only 4 days last week. When I wake up hungry in the middle of the night, I hear Karen’s voice saying, “Milk is the best – instant calories, and you don’t even have to chew!” Amen.

Pregnancy is weird. Weirdly awesome.

Chestnut Dutch Baby with Caramelized Nectarines

At 15 weeks, this little bean sprout is about the size of a large nectarine. My goal from here on out is to post a recipe using an ingredient the size of le bébé (haven’t worked out where I’ll find a pumpkin in February though…).

To start things off – the other baby I’ve got in the oven today is this gluten-free chestnut dutch baby pancake with caramelized nectarines. (Thanks to Alanna for the dutch baby idea and help…before she stepped in, I was over here like “maybe I can make baby carrots…??”).

Chestnut Dutch Baby with Caramelized NectarinesChestnut Dutch Baby with Caramelized Nectarines

A thin pancake-like batter is poured into a sizzling-hot cast-iron skillet and baked until the edges rise up the side of the pan and the center puffs up with golden-brown pillows. The outside is light and crispy with an eggy almost custard-like center. This version with chestnut flour is a little nutty and a tad sweet even without any sugar mixed in.

Then of course, I doused the whole thing in powdered sugar, unloaded a hefty spoonful of caramelized nectarines, and dropped a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top because my sweet tooth can’t leave well enough alone. Dessert masquerading as breakfast.

Chestnut Dutch Baby with Caramelized Nectarines

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Chestnut Dutch Baby with Caramelized Nectarines + Bonus Baking Sneak Peek
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Yields: 1 10-inch dutch-baby
 
Ingredients
For the Chestnut Dutch Baby
For the Caramelized Nectarines
  • 3 nectarines, sliced
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F with a 10-inch cast-iron skillet on the middle rack.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer, whisk the eggs on high speed until frothy, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the chestnut flour, millet flour, sweet rice four, milk, salt, and vanilla. Continue mixing on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides with a spatula as needed. (If you don't have a mixer, you can also use a blender.)
  4. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and add the butter, swirling the pan to melt and coat the whole pan.
  5. Carefully pour the batter into the center of the skillet and gently return the skillet to the oven.
  6. Bake until the edges and center puff up and turn golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the nectarines. Add the nectarines, sugar, and butter to a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar begins to turn golden brown and the nectarines soften. Remove from heat and set aside.
  8. Serve the dutch baby warm straight from the oven* topped with powdered sugar, caramelized nectarines, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream (optional).
Notes
*The dutch baby will be most impressively puffed up straight from the oven. After a bit of time out of the oven, it will begin to deflate, but still taste delicious.

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75 Comments

  1. Cindy says:

    OMG. Amazing, wonderful, aaaamazing news! And yes, hopefully (fingers crossed), you’ll get that second trimester energy and feel like a real human again. That little bebe is gonna be cute, I just can’t even handle it. All the congrats!

  2. YAY!!!! I’m so excited for your little bun!! I shall call it Nectarine. Or maybe just Milk. Or probably actually Cheese, since that’s what he’s made of. (That’s right, I’m takin’ a stab at a gender here.) You guys are going to be the best parents EVER :) Soooo happy for you!!!

  3. Oh my goodness! Congratulations! I think your latest creation must be the best thing you’ve baked yet :) What a lucky little one to have a creative mama like you!
    I can’t wait to ‘bake along with baby’ and this breakfast treat is high on my list to try soon. Congratulations to the whole Snixy Kitchen family :)

  4. Veronica says:

    I love this recipe and the little baby bun you are baking! Congratulation Sarah and Lucas I can’t wait to be a Grandmother!

  5. Liz says:

    Oh, I’m SO thrilled for you!!! Congratulations!!! xo

  6. Rachel Cooks says:

    SO exciting! Congrats!!!! Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  7. Oh my! You HAVE been baking! Hooray for you and Lucas! LOL – made of cheese!! Hope your feeling better soon, my dear.

    Love this dutch baby, Sarah and those nectarines sound divine. I’ll take the optional vanilla bean scoop. I’ve not tried chestnut flower, but need to get my hands on some – I bet it is fabulous! Thank you for this, amongst all that you’ve got going on!

    • Thank you Traci! I’ve been so out of touch with responding to comments and reading blogs because it’s been too hard to spend lots of time on the computer looking at food when all I want to do is eat cheese. I’ve missed you!!

      Chestnut flour is amazing – it’s nutty and sweet and adds so much flavor to baked goods (and pasta!)

  8. Oh girl, congratulations! I remember waking up in middle of night starving–it was worse when I was nursing. I could eat 6 plates of nachos and 2 gallons of milk :) Enjoy your pregnancy and this life inside you!

  9. CONGRATULATIONS, SARAH! How amazing! And hello, tiny human! So happy for you :)

  10. Tieghan says:

    Ahh! Sarah!! Congratulations!! I am beyond excited for you!!

  11. Ahhh CONGRATS! So happy for you and what an appropriate dish to make in celebration! :)

  12. Congratulations Sarah! I love your idea of doing a recipe every month with the fruit size of your little bun – such a cute idea! Just start freezing some pumpkin in October haha! Have so much fun – hope you’re feeling well!

  13. Julia says:

    Awwww your bun is made of cheeeeeeese! And ice cream, oh how I love it! HUGE congratulations, my friend! What an amazing journey you’re embarking on. I’m so thrilled for you and hope you’ll continue updating us on your bun baking? Also can’t wait to see photos of your sweet darling.

    And this Dutch baby…so gorgeous! I need to try me some chestnut flour asap!

    • Thank you thank you thank you Julia! Since I’ve hardly left the house in the past 3 months, it’s been hard to think of stories about anything besides bun baking, so I’m certain you’ll be hearing all about it;)

  14. Sheri says:

    I love the 9 month recipe you and Lucas are baking and can’t wait to hold it in my arms! I’m so looking forward to being a grandma! Your Dutch Baby recipe looks delicious too!

  15. Tina says:

    Cutest pregnancy announcement EVER! <3 <3 <3

  16. Kira says:

    Anything you or Lucas make is amazing so I’m confident he/she will be simply scrumptious! I can’t wait to see your baking belly in 4 weeks!!!!

  17. Congrats!!!! How exciting, Sarah!! 3am nacho fests are kind of a bonus, right? :) I hope you get to feeling better soon!

    This Dutch baby looks superb. So, so good. <3

  18. alyse says:

    CONGRATULATIONS, SARA NIX!!!!! that is awesome news!!!

  19. Ahhh! So happy for you, Sarah! Congratulations!!

  20. YOU ARE HAVING A BABY! And also a human! Doing everything in my power to make your new little out of boba and pupusas. xo

  21. yay!!! I am so excited for you. What a perfect post/announcement too! Cheers to a happy, healthy 9 months xoxo

  22. THIS. IS. AWESOME. I’ve been looking for a gf dutch baby recipe for FOREVER and this sounds perfect in every way. totally glorious! i’m making this for breakfast on saturday. You’re a dream!!!

    AND DUH CONGRATS! Lil mozzarella stick is going to be a total joy. Love the idea of keeping us up to date with baby by posting recipes with foods the size of him / her! <3

    • Yay!! Thank you so much Renee!! I hope you make (and love) this gluten-free dutch baby as much as we did (we may have eaten two full dutch babies between the two of us in one afternoon…).

  23. Yahoo! Congrats girlfriend. So exciting. Yay yay yay! And love the idea of making a recipe with a food the size of the baby. That’s awesomely hilarious. And this dutch baby = the perfect way to make the announcement!

  24. Congratulations Sarah! Hopefully the days of morning sickness are almost over! Meanwhile this dutch baby looks incredible!

  25. Congrats! Here’s to a healthy and happy remaining pregnancy.

  26. Oh. my. goodness. This is such wonderful news!!!! Congratulations :) :) :)

  27. betty says:

    YAY. LOVE <3. Plus, these photos are gorgeous. Congratulations a million times over :) .

  28. Aaaw yay!!! Congratulations!! So so happy and excited for you guys! Hope you feel better soon!

  29. Woohoo!! That’s one lucky little nectarine you got growing in there! So so SO excited for you and Lucas. Can’t wait for our little ones to get together, harass Grizzly, and chase Arti and Aioli :) xo

    • We’re so excited for playdates tooo!! One day Fiona will catch a cat. One day. ;) Thanks for all your tips and tricks (and for letting me rehearse my baby skills on yours!)

  30. Yay to babies!!!!!!! Hoping your energy comes back soon!!! (And it will! :) ) Congrats my dear!!!!!!!!

  31. I’m seriously so so so happy for you, Sarah! You deserve to experience the amazingness motherhood is, and the….well…challenge that pregnancy is, hah! I was just wondering recently if you’d be experiencing this soon and here you are ^_^ If you have aannnnnnyyyy questions or need to pregnancy/motherhood vent, I’m here. And these look so beautiful and yummy! Not something easy to do when you have allthetimesickness and such.

    • Yay!! I’ve been wanting to spill the beans to you for awhile now! (Especially so you’d know why I’d been MIA from the interwebs;). I’m sure I’ll need all kinds of advice and I’ll be sure to hit you up, experienced mama!

  32. A slightly belated CONGRATS, Sarah! I totally can empathize with how you’ve been feeling — truly a drag for a food blogger. ;) But I’m so excited for you and this upcoming new adventure that is just so much fun. xo

  33. Congrats, Sarah! What wonderful news (and such a cute way to announce it)!

  34. Huzzah! Such exciting news! You and Lucas are going to be the best parents! I slefishlt hope the morning sickness is better soon so you have the energy to make more great recipes like this one!

  35. Julie says:

    Congrats!! “Morning” sickness when your job revolves around food is the WORST. It really does get better!

  36. Congratulations!! So exciting and I love your announcement. If I was limited to eating just a few foods cheese would definitely be one that I would enjoy.

  37. I’m so sorry it has taken me so long to make this blog official—–CONGRATS to you and Lucas!!!! Your announcement was also too cute. Anyway, stay rested! And seriously, don’t look at food/worry about the blog if you need a break! <3

  38. I love that I was accidentally one of the first to know. #becauseIamnosey But I am so glad the announcement has been made. I am super excited for you and know exactly what you are going through. I could barely hold on to the blog until mid second trimester, but guess what? Your fans and readers will still be here!! Hugs to you friend!

  39. Congratulations!! SUCH exciting news. And this Dutch baby looks completely amazing in both the photos (stunning) and concept (I’d like to eat one please).

    xx Katie
    lovely letters

  40. HOW DID I MISS THIS?????!!!! OMG I was wondering why your friend was tagging you in a preg BuzzFeed video! Then I was huntin’ and found it… I was like nooo, and then YESSS and then I got all happy and how fun the way you announced it. AGH!! So fun! Congratulations!!! Can you tell I’m excited haha!

  41. Hey Sarah!
    Congrats!!! I’m SO happy for you!!!! #cheesebaby. . I love it!!!! Are you feeling better or is the morning sickness still with you? I had horrible morning sickness with my 2nd and nothing helped. . but I think towards the end of my first trimester lollipops helped. I’ve never consumed that many lollipops before! and this chestnut dutch baby is beyond gorgeous!!!

  42. Hey! You stole my daughter’s hashtag #cheesebaby. Or, if Twitter had been around 11 years ago, that’s indeed what it would have been. Congratulations and keep that baby baking!

  43. HOW DID I MISS THIS?!? Oh, right… I’ve been busy with my own two kiddos ? Congratulations!!! Hopefully you’ve gotten some of your energy back now. That tired feeling early on is just so hard to overcome. Sending lots of good vibes your way!

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