Air Fryer Dutch Baby

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This Air Fryer Dutch Baby starts with an easy blender batter (throw everything into a blender and let it rip!) that you pour into a cake pan and bake in the air fryer. No cake pan? No worries! We’ve also tested this recipe in a DIY foil pan. Top your Dutch Baby with your favorites — we love fresh berries and a quick vanilla sauce.

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Air Fryer Dutch Baby Pancake

Air Fryer Dutch Baby

My family is completely obsessed with breakfast. We have a big breakfast for dinner once a week and usually, a fairly intense breakfast spread on Saturdays and Sundays. The meal has to include toast, bacon, eggs, fresh fruit, and either waffles, pancakes, or a hot Dutch Baby. Honestly, the Dutch Baby is the most frequently requested.

This Dutch Baby recipe took me quite a while to perfect and share here, but it was well worth the effort. It’s certainly one of the most frequently made recipes at my home and so many of you have loved it. The one downfall of the recipe is the time it takes to bake! Between preheating the oven and baking the actual Dutch Baby, it can be close to 45 minutes all in. By that time, we usually have some pretty hangry little boys (and girl) on our hands– ha!

So the other day, I decided to try to whip one up in the air fryer. Although I was cautiously optimistic, the boys were convinced it wouldn’t work. (Thanks, guys!) But honestly, it could not have turned out better. It was every bit as good as our normal Dutch Baby, and maybe even a little better because of the additional crustier edges (which are my personal favorite). The best news though? This Dutch Baby can be ready in about 25 minutes or less, thanks to the air fryer!

Process shots of creating the Air Fryer Dutch Baby batter.

Air Fryer Dutch Baby Tips

  • Blend the batter: Blending the batter will ensure there are no lumps of flour and all the ingredients are well combined, plus, it’s easy! Additionally, having the batter in the blender allows for easier pouring into the cake pan.
  • When pouring the batter into the pan, swirl the batter in a circle pattern: This helps give the pancake peaks and valleys, which contribute to a better overall texture.
  • Air fry the pan first: Why add the pan to the air fryer before adding in the batter? This ensures the pancake puffs, and you’ll get those beautiful caramelized edges. 
  • Watch carefully. Air fryers will cook slightly differently from model to model; there will also be variance depending on the pan used (or if you’re using foil to create your own pan). Occasionally check to make sure the Dutch Baby isn’t burning.

Process shots of cooking the Air Fryer Dutch Baby.

Our favorite way to top an Air Fryer Dutch Baby is with fresh berries, a light sprinkle of powdered sugar, and vanilla or buttermilk syrup. Here are some other ideas for topping this fun breakfast:

  • Fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar
  • Maple syrup and fresh berries
  • A scoop of fresh whipped cream and berries (How to make whipped cream tutorial here.)
  • Sliced bananas and a caramel sauce or dulce de leche
  •  A sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and whipped cream
  • A spoonful of lemon curd and fresh blueberries or blackberries
  • A drizzle of slightly warmed Nutella®, peanut butter, or almond butter

QUICK TIP

Use a fine-mesh sieve to get a light sprinkle of powdered sugar on the Dutch Baby.

Process shots of making the syrup

Special Tools

  • Air fryer. I use, love, and recommend this air fryer (affiliate link). Air fryers do vary a bit from brand to brand, so timing may need to be slightly tweaked for your specific model when making this Dutch Baby.
  • Cake pans. I found the perfect pan for baking the Dutch Baby is a 6-inch cake pan (affiliate link). The Dutch Baby bakes up beautifully in the pan and the pan fits into the air fryer insert nicely. The batter makes enough to fill three 6-inch cake pans. You can either use multiple pans or transfer the Dutch Baby onto a plate and re-use the pan. If you prefer, you can DIY your own foil pan. See next bullet point.
  • Foil. I’ve tested this recipe in a DIY Foil pan and it worked well. There is definitely more variance on overall timing, depending on how your foil pan ends up, as far as width/height goes. Place two sheets of foil together and aim to create a 6-7-inch wide, round “pan” that is about 2-inches tall. Generously grease with cooking spray and watch bake time closely. The Dutch Babies in the foil pans took on average 1-3 minutes longer in my air fryer.
  • Cooking spray. To ensure the Dutch Baby doesn’t stick too much to the bottom of the pan or foil, be sure to generously grease it before adding in the butter to melt.

Overhead view of an Air Fryer Dutch Baby.

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Air Fryer Dutch Baby

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This Air Fryer Dutch Baby starts with an easy blender batter (throw everything into a blender and let it rip!) that you pour into a cake pan and bake in the air fryer. No cake pan? No worries! We've also tested this recipe in a DIY foil pan. Top the Dutch Baby with your favorites -- we love fresh berries and a quick vanilla sauce.
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Air Fryer Dutch Baby

5 from 1 vote
This Air Fryer Dutch Baby starts with an easy blender batter (throw everything into a blender and let it rip!) that you pour into a cake pan and bake in the air fryer. No cake pan? No worries! We've also tested this recipe in a DIY foil pan. Top the Dutch Baby with your favorites -- we love fresh berries and a quick vanilla sauce.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Keyword air fryer dutch baby
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 3 6-inch dutch babies
Calories 1020kcal
Cost $3.31

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • 6x2-inch cake pan OR foil
  • Cooking Spray

Ingredients

  • 7 and 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

Blender Batter

  • 1 and 1/3 cups (340g) whole milk
  • 1 cup (140g) white all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons (40g) white sugar, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional

Vanilla Syrup (Optional)

  • 1/4 cup EACH: unsalted butter (56g),
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Tiny pinch fine sea salt
  • Optional: fresh berries for serving

Instructions

  • COMBINE: In a high-powered blender, combine all of the blender batter ingredients in the order they're listed. Blend until smooth.
  • PREPARE: While blending the mixture, heat the air fryer to 400 degrees F and heat the empty pan for 4 minutes to get it really hot. Meanwhile, generously grease a 6x2-inch cake pan (See Note 1) with nonstick spray. Cut 2-1/2 tablespoons (35g) butter into 3 equal pieces and place in the bottom of the cake pan. Carefully use tongs to lower the cake pan into the air fryer basket. Cook for 1-2 minutes or just until butter is melted. Remove and immediately pour 1 cup (235g) of the batter into the pan. Pour the batter in a circular direction as you add it to the pan. Return pan to air fryer insert and cook at 400 for 7-10 minutes. (It is perfect at 8 minutes in my air fryer.)
  • SERVE: Using tongs, remove the cake pan from the air fryer and promptly add fresh berries and vanilla syrup if desired (See Step #4). Repeat with the remaining 2 cups of batter, making 2 more Dutch Babies.
  • OPTIONAL VANILLA SYRUP: Melt butter in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Once melted, add in the brown and white sugar. Stir until combined. Add in the heavy cream and reduce the heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Serve over warm pancakes.

Recipe Notes

Note 1Foil pan: You can create your own cake pan with 2 sheets of foil. Place two sheets of foil on top of each other and then fold into the shape of a cake pan. Aim to create a 6-7-inch wide, round "pan" that is about 2-inches tall (if it's not tall, the Dutch Baby may spill out as it rises). Generously grease with cooking spray and watch bake time closely. The Dutch Babies in the foil pans took on average 1-3 minutes longer in my air fryer. (There is definitely more variance on overall timing depending on how your foil pan ends up as far as width goes.) 
Nutrition information will vary, depending on how much syrup you use.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 1020kcal | Carbohydrates: 116g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 355mg | Sodium: 511mg | Potassium: 333mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 1842IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 5mg

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.

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