I've noticed there are two groups of people: those who absolutely love pumpkin and those who loathe it. Once it's fall, it seems like every dessert out there is a pumpkin one. I myself don't mind the flavor and enjoy an occasional pumpkin treat here and there. This pumpkin dutch baby cake is for those who look forward to pumpkin season and can even please those who despise it. There's just enough pumpkin there to add flavor but not enough that it's in your face. Top the dutch baby cake with maple whipped cream and homemade pecan granola and trust me, you'll love it.
Pumpkin Dutch Baby Cake with Maple Whipped Cream
- 1 cup oats (100 grams)
- ½ cup pecans, chopped (60 grams)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- pinch of nutmeg
- ¼ cup maple syrup (85 grams)
- 2 tablespoon neutral oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Maple whipped cream
- 1 cup heavy cream (250 ml)
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Pumpkin dutch baby cake
- 3 large eggs
- ¾ cup milk (188 ml)
- ⅔ cup all-purpose flour (105 grams)
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree (60 grams)
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon butter
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
- Make the pecan granola. Combine 1 cup oats with ½ cup chopped pecans, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch of salt, a pinch of nutmeg, 2 tablespoon neutral oil, ¼ cup maple syrup, and 2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix well and spread the granola onto the prepared baking sheet on an even layer. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring the mixture every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer the granola to a clean parchment paper. Let cool.
- Make the maple whipped cream. Whip 1 cup heavy cream with 2 tablespoon maple syrup and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. Keep in the fridge until ready to use.
- Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Preheat the cast-iron pan or oven-safe pan for 10 minutes.
- Combine 3 eggs, ¾ cup milk, ⅔ cup all-purpose flour, ¼ cup pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice, ½ teaspoon salt, and 2 teaspoon vanilla extract in a blender. Blend until all of the ingredients are incorporated about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Alternatively, whisk together all of the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
- Take the hot pan out of the oven and add 2 tablespoon butter. Swirl the butter around the pan to melt the butter and pour in the dutch baby cake batter. Bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees and bake another 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve the pumpkin dutch baby cake with maple whipped cream and pecan granola. Drizzle with maple syrup if desired.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
You know that if I'm going to make an easy pumpkin dutch baby cake, I'm going to make it extraordinary with a couple of extra touches. The pecan granola in this recipe is fairly simple with oats, pecans, maple syrup, and cinnamon. You can substitute maple syrup for honey if you prefer. Bake the granola, stirring every 15 minutes to prevent any burning. The granola can also be made several days in advance.
For tips on how to make the perfect dutch baby, check out my recipe for goat cheese, chive, and smoked salmon dutch baby cakes.
After patiently waiting for 25 minutes, open the oven and see the glorious dutch baby cake in front of you. The baby cake will deflate once it's out of the oven so enjoy this beautiful sight. Put a heavy dollop of that maple whipped cream and sprinkle the granola. And of course, no dutch baby cake would be complete without a drizzle of maple syrup.
I can eat every component of this dish by itself but altogether, it is just ah-mazing! Make one for breakfast, save a little for a snack, and have another for dessert.
For more pumpkin inspiration check out these browned butter pumpkin madeleines!