Our series “From Scratch” features baking recipes that are easy as pie. This recipe for a spiced pear Dutch baby comes from Kellie Hemmerly of The Suburban Soapbox. Light and fluffy with a custard-like center, this simple spiced pear Dutch baby is a perfect treat for Sunday morning!

A Dutch baby is a big, puffy pancake cooked in a skillet. Actually German and not Dutch, it has a wonderfully light and soft center similar to a crêpe. The batter comes together easily with the help of a blender, and the spiced pear topping (using Royal Riviera Pears, of course) is sautéed to perfection while the pancake bakes in the oven.

Easy, addictive, and perfect for a special breakfast and brunch, this spiced pear Dutch baby makes for a festive meal for overnight guests or just a cozy breakfast for two.

Spiced Pear Dutch Baby

5 from 1 vote
Servings 4


  • Large cast iron skillet
  • Blender


For the Dutch baby

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup milk (room temperature)
  • tablespoons sugar
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • teaspoon kosher salt

For the spiced pear topping

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 Harry & David Royal Riviera Pears (peeled, cored, and diced)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Whipped cream or maple syrup (for serving)


For the Dutch baby

  • Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  • Place the butter in a large skillet and transfer to the oven.
  • While the butter melts, add the eggs, flour, milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt to the pitcher of a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and swirl the butter around to coat.
  • Pour the batter into the skillet and return to the oven.
  • Bake until the pancake is puffed in the center and golden brown around the edges, approximately 20 minutes.
  • Transfer the pancake to a wire rack to cool slightly.

For the spiced pear topping

  • While the Dutch baby is baking, melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the pears to the butter and sauté until softened.
  • Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. Cook until caramelized, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Pour the pear mixture into the center of the Dutch baby and dust with powdered sugar, if desired.
  • Serve with whipped cream or maple syrup.
Author: Kellie Hemmerly
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: pears
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