Skillet Puffy Pancake is a one bowl, less than 30 minute, pantry items, extraordinary breakfast that will impress and enchant your guests!
Well today, because it finally stopped snowing and the sun’s out and looking pristine and beautiful as ever, I decided to make Skillet Puffy Pancake for breakfast. I will never forget the first time I was served this subtly sweet custard-like creation. It was my beautiful friend Bibi who made this for me. I remember how amazed I was when she put a few simple ingredients together, and PRESTO, out of the oven comes the MOST INCREDIBLE thing I have ever seen! This giant popover pancake had fabulously puffed up over the top of the deep black skillet, just peeking over at me taunting me to gobble it up. But no, there’s more. As I sat at the table with my mouth down to the floor, she still had to complete the presentation with a squirt of tangy lemon juice and a delicate dusting of powdered sugar. I was completely out of words.
Because this dish is so easy to make, it really saves the day when you have unexpected company drop by! Who would have thought you can throw a couple pantry items together, and 18 minutes later this incredibly puffy, golden cross between Yorkshire pudding and a fluffy pancake comes out of the oven? It has crispy edges and a warm, light, yet filling texture that tastes absolutely incredible. This delightful treat is perfect for breakfast, dessert or anytime you get a craving for something sweet and decadent but you don’t want anything too rich or heavy.
Please make sure you get everyone seated before it comes out of the oven and get ready for your guests to be impressed and delighted. I can almost hear the Oohs and Aahs now. Plus, by adding just a few extra ingredients, you can really up the WOW factor (hard to believe that is even possible) by adding fresh fruit and zesty sugar to the top. And don’t forget the whipped cream! You can also make tons of other variations with this Skillet Puffy Pancake. I have made chocolate ones drizzled with salted caramel, pumpkin pecan ones, and lots of fruity variations like French apple streusel that will make you swoon. So get ready to impress and delight your family and friends with this airy, elegant, beautiful presentation! And, the best part is you won’t have to spend all afternoon in the kitchen doing it! I guess that just leaves more time to feel appreciated (and who doesn’t love that)!
- ⅛ cup sugar (optional)
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (optional)
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- ⅔ cup whole milk, room temperature
- ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon grated nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1 lemon wedge (I used Cara Cara orange)
- ½ cup fresh berries
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- Maple syrup (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 450°F. Put the empty cast-iron skillet on the middle rack of the oven to preheat and get really hot. Keep it in there until oven reaches temperature and you are ready with the following batter.
- Stir together the sugar and zest in a small bowl and set aside (this is for the top later).
- Beat eggs with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and frothy (about 4 minutes).
- Beat in milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Gradually add in the flour and continue to beat until smooth, about one to two minutes more. Batter will be thin.
- Take the hot skillet out of the oven carefully and add the butter. Swirl around until it melts and coats the entire bottom of the pan. Immediately pour the batter in and return the skillet to the oven.
- Bake until puffed and golden-brown, about 18 to 25 minutes.
- Serve immediately! Top with a squirt of lemon and the lemon sugar mixture (and maple syrup, if desired). Add berries and finally dust with confectioner’s sugar.
And for more GREAT breakfast ideas, please try our Sassy Spanish Omelet or The Manliest Breakfast Burger.