I find myself temporarily without an oven, but am really craving a Dutch baby. Since a Dutch baby is cooked in a very hot oven, clearly I can't make a normal one. But is there any version of one, or a similar "puff" pancake, that can be made entirely on the stovetop?

I've found some recipes for making one in a Dutch oven, which I happen to have handy, but those all require hot coals to stack top and bottom heat. I just have an electric stovetop.

I'm looking here for "one big pancake" that fills the pan and puffs up a lot, instead of regular small flat pancakes. Is it in any way possible to make such a thing using only bottom heat?

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    When a Dutch man and a Dutch woman love each other very much, they share a special kind of hug…
    – dbmag9
    May 25, 2022 at 21:51
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    I don't know about only bottom heat, but do you have a cast iron pan you could preheat and use in place of the normal lid?
    – kitukwfyer
    May 25, 2022 at 23:48
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    The link says it's done in a skillet. Perhaps you could use a pan on the stove-top. Japanese-style fluffy pancakes (using whipped egg whites) might be an OK substitute. Perhaps: youtube.com/watch?v=Qarg7peLYr4 They sounds similar to the super-fluffy pancake in the link.
    – Kingsley
    May 26, 2022 at 4:43
  • Kingsley: that sounds like an answer, post it?
    – FuzzyChef
    May 26, 2022 at 7:14
  • Dutch babies are more popover like than soufflé like. If I were to try it, I’d probably use a well heated cast iron dutch oven, with drippings or fat, add the batter, put the lid on but drop the heat so you don’t scorch the bottom. And make sure your batter is warmed to room temperature before making.
    – Joe
    Mar 2 at 13:32


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