Thursday, February 05, 2009

Tales of the Magic Pan - Dutch Baby Pancake

“How do you keep the music playing? How do you make it last? How do you keep the song from fading too fast?” croon Patti Austin and James Ingram.

We’ve all been there. The relationship is flush with a sense of newness and wonder – pulsing with anticipation and excitement. Then, somewhat unexpectedly, a certain routine sets in. Your phone messages are no longer returned, and you find your only occasional contact is through Linked In.

Or maybe, you just keep making scrambled eggs when you really yearn for an omelet.

How do you make it last?

I pondered the same question with regard to the Magic Pan. My track record with relationships is not what you’d call stellar. It’s usually my own fault. There was that bright and shiny juicer that required too much effort, so I used it and cast it aside after one earth-shattering evening. Then there was the flashy silicon muffin cups that I abandoned when they failed to deliver. There was a momentary charge with that electric crepe maker, but it soon was nothing but a yawn. One can’t help but fear the flash in the pan, or worse, the boring and the routine.

Yet the Magic Pan continues to surprise and delight. The real test of a kitchen tool is whether it delivers in those moments of uncertainty – those nights when the cupboard is nearly bare.

The other night, all I could say was "Whoa Baby!”

Dutch Baby Pancake, that is.

A perfectly simplistic recipe, it’s the ultimate Friday night date – some sliced apple, a little wildflower honey and eggs, cardamom, milk and flour. Dinner literally ascends from the pan, the honey is fragrant, the apples sweet. And, all this from the beautiful, unpredictable Magic Pan! It does savory, and it does sweet. I think I’m in love.

It just goes to show that it doesn’t take much to keep a relationship interesting. This could be the real thing.

©2009 T.W. Barritt All Rights Reserved


Anonymous said...

Did you eat that whole thing? I've always wanted to try a Dutch Baby Pancake, but never have. Please don't break up with the magic pan. It's been so good to you!

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

Next year you'll have Nutella on your pancake for Nutella day. That looks like such a yummy recipe you made.

Cakespy said...

I think it proves that I am definitely not ready to have a baby, if the thought of this baby makes me want to whip out knife and fork PRONTO! :-)

Joie de vivre said...

:) My "magic pan" is my crock pot. I did have a brief love affair with the pressure cooker, but I always come back to my good ol' boy.

Anonymous said...

Love your writing :)

Lori Lynn said...

This reminds me of an Apple Pancake we used to drive a long way from our home in Chicago - just for a pancake. It was extraordinary, haven't been there in decades...Walker Bros. in Wilmette, Illinois.

Anonymous said...

omg. a dutch baby! there was this pancake place in DC that had a dutch baby on the menu but wouldn't actually tell you what it was - just said it was their lightest pancake "treat" - huh? i'd scratch my head and get annoyed that i didn't know what the heck it was. even the staff wouldn't tell you! the only way you could know is if you ordered it -
thanks for solving the mystery for me.

Kathy said...

I like Dutch Baby Pancakes because they're so much easier than regular pancakes. Sometimes I will split the batter between two smaller cast iron skillets to make individual servings. But my skillets aren't as pretty as yours!