Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby Pancake

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A successful Dutch baby pancake marries the airiness of a popover with the tenderness of a crêpe. And while this culinary hybrid hasn’t made as many headlines as the cronut (something about “crepeover” just doesn’t roll off the tongue), it’s proven to have staying power in the breakfast and brunch scene.

The secret to Dutch baby pancake success is a combination of an impossibly light batter and a piping hot skillet. When these two forces combine, you get one giant, puffy carb canvas that rises high and screams for a splash of maple syrup and a dusting of confectioners sugar. But while developing this recipe, I quickly discovered that not all Dutch baby pancakes rise to the occasion. Adding pumpkin purée to the batter makes it too dense and yields a flatter, albeit still appetizing, pancake. After playing around with the proportions, I settled on spices in place of purée to master both the flavor and the texture.

The result is a sky high Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby Pancake. And I’ve partnered with the fine folks at Le Creuset to make sure this pancake happens in your home, as one lucky reader will receive a Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet. Read on for the recipe and to enter for your chance to win!

Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby Pancake from justataste.com

Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby Pancake from justataste.com

Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby Pancake from justataste.com

Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby Pancake from justataste.com

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Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby Pancake

Mix up your morning routine with this recipe for a sky high Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby Pancake.
Author: Kelly Senyei
5 from 3 votes
Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby Pancake from justataste.com
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • Confectioners sugar, for serving
  • Maple syrup, for serving


  • 12- inch cast iron skillet or nonstick sauté pan


  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  • Combine the eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt in a blender. Purée until smooth.
  • Add the butter to the cast iron skillet then place it in the oven until the butter is melted, about 3 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven then immediately pour the batter over the butter and return the skillet to the oven. Bake the pancake for 20 to 25 minutes until it's golden brown and puffed around the edges.
  • Remove the pancake from the oven and top it with the chopped pecans, a dusting of confectioners sugar and syrup.

Kelly's Notes:

  • The pancake will deflate quickly once it's removed from the oven, so it's best to enjoy it immediately.
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Calories: 288kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 142mg, Sodium: 68mg, Potassium: 168mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 425IU, Calcium: 80mg, Iron: 1.9mg


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  1. 5 stars
    This is a warm awesome change from the summer Dutch Babies I was making with just powder sugar and lemon. I’ve found a organic pumpkin spice maple syrup that I’ve been enjoying with this Dutch baby!

  2. 5 stars
    I love the warm flavor with all of the spices! I was able to find an organic Pumpkin Spice Maple Syrup that is great to top it off!

    1. Hi! I haven’t tried this recipe with almond milk, but it’s definitely thinner/less fatty than whole milk so the texture of the batter may be different and/or you may have to add more flour.

    1. Hi Amy – This is a pumpkin spice Dutch baby. While developing the recipe, I tried it with puréed pumpkin, however it makes the batter much too heavy and doesn’t allow the pancake to puff.

  3. I love pumpkin and have wanted to try a Dutch baby pancake. Not sure I can wait until the end of the contest to try it.

  4. Wow, what a great giveaway! I think the first thing I would make would be cornbread sine my family loves it so much!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  5. I would make a Dutch Baby. I have had one at a restaurant before and really enjoyed it, so I would love to be able to make one at home.

  6. The first thing I would make would definitely be this pumpkin spice dutch baby pancake. It looks and sounds phenomenal!!

  7. I would try either this dutch baby recipe or an autumn-inspired frittata – squash and goat cheese, perhaps? =)

  8. I would love to make these dutch baby pancakes. And, of course, everything tastes better when cooked in a Le Creuset!

  9. I’ve never had a cast iron skillet and its on the short list for things for the new kitchen (after the reno) so I would have to research what to make first.

  10. Probably a frittata, but Dutch babies (of all kinds) are a welcome breakfast treat in our house, particularly during apple season!

  11. Never knew you could make this type of recipe — yummy. Thank you. With a new cast iron skillet, I would definitely make this pancake for breakfast plus a Spanish tortilla for lunch, and then for good measure (the next day for lunch but of course) that wonderful grilled cheese from last week. :)

  12. I’d love to try a pizza under the broiler with this! I keep hearing that it’s the best way, and I’m dying to try!

  13. This recipe looks sooooo delicious! I just liked your page on face book and I already receive your newsletter. Thank you!! :-)

  14. The first thing I would make is the grown up grilled cheese sandwich in your newsletter today! That sounds awesome!!!

  15. The first thing I would make is the grown up grilled cheese sandwich I your newsletter today! That sounds awesome!!!

  16. I’ve been making Dutch Babies for years; I love making them with caramelized apples. This version looks like a winner – I wonder if Pumkin Pie spice would work as well as the individual spices. I’ll try it this weekend and let you know.

  17. OMG; that Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby Pancake looks fantastic!!! I’m not an expert cook or anything; but that would be the first thing I made if I won the
    Le Creuset Signature Skillet!

  18. I think the 1st thing I’d make would be cornbread – have always heard it is better cooked in cast iron, but don’t have one.

  19. I would probably make your Dutch Baby pancake, but because I need to see for myself, I might slip some pumpkin into the recipe. And then it will be flatter and heavier, and I’ll say “I should have listened to her.” But the skillet will be great!

  20. I would absolutely make a Dutch baby right off the bat with a new skillet. We’ve just had a streak of cold weather here in Florida, and it sounds like the perfect “cozy Sunday” breakfast! =)

  21. I would love to have a new skillet. I was hoping to inherit my gran’s, but someone else in the family got it. I would absolutely make dutch baby pancakes (just discovered these a couple of years ago), and real southern style corn bread! I “liked” your page, and will look forward to following you on FB.

  22. The first thing I would make in my new cat iron skillet would definitely be this recipe! My husband and I love Dutch babies! We’ve never thought to add the pumpkin spices, so creative!

  23. Dutch babies definitely do deserve their time in the spotlight! Though I almost hope they dont’ make it big because then the word crepeover will start to annoy me just as much as the word cronut does. :P

    The pumpkin infusion is fabulous!!

  24. This dutch baby is absolutely gorgeous! And I love my LC skillet – it’s my most used kitchen item!

  25. #1 would be a Dutch Baby Pancake! I have been wanting to make one for over a year but do not have an oven-safe skillet!

  26. I would love a Le Creuset skillet (it’s even on my Christmas List)! The first thing I would make would be this dutch baby but I’d love to use it for frittatas and carmelizing onions for grilled cheese too :)

  27. i have been searching far and wide for a cast iron skillet to make a SKILLET COOKIE and seriously this couldn’t have been better timing. i LOVE LOVE the color. amazing!

  28. Look at this pretty pumpkin Dutch pancake! What a perfect recipe for brisk fall mornings. I’d make a frittata in mine!

  29. If I got this cast iron skillet, I think I’d make some nice crispy hash browns for breakfast! But with a good crust!

  30. Can’t wait to try making this dutch baby pancake, it looks so good. The first thing I would try to make would be skillet cornbread like my father used to make. I wish I had his recipe.

  31. Dutch Baby Pancake would be the 1st thing I would make!!
    With or without the pan but this pan would make it easier :)

  32. Oh this pancake looks amazing. I am really excited to try this recipe and I also want to say that I am so happy to have discovered your blog!

  33. Yum! I make an apple dutch baby pancake that my kids love. I would make this recipe first if I won – but with a modification of adding pumpkin butter since I have a batch on my stovetop that I just made. I came to your blog for the first time today when I saw your recipe on pinterest. I love dutch baby pancakes of all varieties and can’t wait to try your twist.

  34. I signed up for the weekly Just a Taste newsletter! Thank you Kelly, for a beautiful recipe (I’m still not overloaded on pumpkin spice anything yet, lol) and an awesome giveaway!

  35. I’m a huge pie fan so I would get creative this upcoming holiday season with different versions of pies. I would LOVE this!! I’m already getting excited just thinking of it ha!

  36. Hi, Kelly. The first thing I would make in my new cast-iron skillet is your Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby Pancake. We love fall and all the pumpkin recipes!!

  37. I would make a pineapple upside down cake for my Grandma who is 86 years old and loves that cake! I would also love to try this pumpkin spice Dutrch baby recipe and I would like to make cornbread too!

  38. I love making dutch baby pancakes but have not made a pumpkin one yet so I would have to try the pumpkin spice dutch baby pancake recipe. It looks so good!

  39. Oh my, I don’t know what I’d make first! This pancake recipe looks amazing, but i have wanted to make skillet corn bread for ages, so that might come first!

  40. Beautiful photos, Kelly! Can’t wait to try this recipe! I’d make this Dutch baby first followed by skillet corn bread to pair with your pumpkin turkey chili (which has become a fall favorite in my kitchen).

  41. The first thing I would make in my new cast iron skillet would be my grandma’s pineapple upside down cake! I don’t own a cast iron, I would love it!

  42. Beautiful recipe, Kelly! She has the perfect blend of Fall flavors. Cannot wait to try your pumpkin spiced Dutch Baby! Thanks for sharing. Will be pinning!