Tired of feeling like a short order cook as you make breakfast all morning? This buckwheat Dutch baby with maple cranberry sauce is baked in the oven, so it requires no flipping or standing over a stove for hours while everyone else gets to eat and make merry!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Nespresso USA. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
buckwheat dutch baby with maple cranberry sauce

We live by few rules in my apartment but one of the most heavily enforced is this: I don’t flip pancakes before I’ve had my coffee.

I mean, let’s be honest, we’re lucky that I can make it from the bedroom to the kitchen to make the coffee before I’ve had my coffee.

Adding flour, sugar, butter, and hand-eye coordination into the mix is just not a good idea.


This might be confusing to some of you because I have, in fact, posted pancake recipes on this here blog and so I feel it is my duty to dispel whatever fantastical reality you’ve imagined I live in and replace it with the grave reality:

Any and all breakfast recipes I’ve shared with you have almost certainly been eaten for lunch. Maybe dinner if we’re feeling really whimsical.

Can you forgive me for white lying to you time and time again?


Of course, this is all well and good when you’re only feeding your significant other, who goes without breakfast more often than I care to admit, but ’tis the season of entertaining.

We (and by “we” I mean “you”) are going to have house guests! And they are going to expect to be nourished! Before noon!

Oy vey.


The bad news: hyperventilation is not an effective coping mechanism.

The good news: have I got a secret weapon for you.


Secret weapons, actually. The first being the Nespresso VertuoLine, which is my current new favorite kitchen appliance. By far.

I’ve tried and have been largely unimpressed with many of the single cup coffee machines out there, namely because (in my opinion) they make coffee that tastes like street water. So to say that I was skeptical when trying the VertuoLine is an understatement.

And then it blew me away. It makes coffee and espresso that taste like the most rich delicious coffee and espresso. Not to mention the fact that it’s also totally sleek and adorable and I squeal every time I see it sitting on my counter.

You might be thinking that a single cup coffee machine isn’t great for entertaining because you wouldn’t you want to make all the coffee in one shot, but I beg to differ. Every person I’ve ever met in this world likes their coffee prepared a different way. Some like it bold, some like it light, some like it hazelnut-flavored, some like it half-caff. You’re just not going to please everyone with one pot of coffee. But you can please everyone with one Nespresso machine. The machine itself takes no more than two minutes to make a cup of coffee or a shot of espresso, so it’s not like having everyone make their own cup will be much of a time constraint. It may be a new addition to the Eats Well With Others kitchen, but I really can’t imagine waking up in the morning without it.

BONUS – Nespresso is offering a 5-DAY SALE EVENT from TODAY through November 24th. This is MAJOR. Get on it.


My second secret weapon…is the Dutch baby.

This is basically an extra large pancake that gets baked instead of fried so all you have to do is mix up the ingredients in a blender, pour into a pan, and bake until fluffy.

No standing over the griddle for hours. No flip stress.

Just a warm, fluffy, carbalicious breakfast for everyone. This Dutch baby in particular is made with buckwheat flour, making it gluten-free and extra wholesome. I chose to top it with a maple cranberry jam of sorts, but you can go whatever topping route you’d like. The world is your pancake topping oyster, so spread your wings and fly.


This is my submission for this month’s Recipe Redux, the theme of which is FOOD MEMORIES (made healthier). My family was always very “fend for yourself” when it came to breakfast, except on holidays when my dad would take the reins and make pancakes, eggs, or French toast for all of us. I would look forward to this mornings so much as a kid, partly because I really loved pancakes, and partly because it meant we were all going to sit down together to eat breakfast as a family, and that just felt special. My dad almost certainly made his pancakes Bisquick-style, but it really is so easy to make them from scratch, and this also gives you the opportunity to make them a bit more wholesome without sacrificing on comfort or tradition.

To see what other food memories were conjured up this month, check out these posts from the other Recipe Redux members:

Buckwheat Dutch Baby with Maple Cranberry Sauce
Tired of feeling like a short order cook as you make breakfast all morning? This buckwheat Dutch baby with maple cranberry sauce is baked in the oven, so it requires no flipping or standing over a stove for hours while everyone else gets to eat and make merry!
Yield: 4 servings
For the Dutch baby
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp milk
  • ½ cup buckwheat flour
  • 3 tbsp arrowroot or cornstarch
  • zest from ½ lemon
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp butter, plus more for serving
For the cranberries
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  1. Heat oven to 400F.
  2. In a blender, combine the eggs, milk, flour, arrowroot, lemon zest, salt, maple syrup and vanilla. Pulse until batter is smooth.
  3. Heat an 8-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Melt the butter in the skillet, swirling to coat the pan. Remove from the heat and pour in the batter. Bake for 22-24 minutes, or until golden brown and puffy.
  4. For the cranberries, combine the cranberries and syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the cranberries start to break down and the sauce is thickened, 8-10 minutes. Add more maple syrup, to taste.
  5. Serve the Dutch baby covered in the cranberry sauce and a drizzle of heavy cream.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ of recipe

 For more special occasion breakfasts, check out these:

sweet corn pancakes with blueberry balsamic sauce

Sweet Corn Pancakes with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce

berry crisp lemon ricotta pancakes

Berry Crisp Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

chocolate stout waffles with chocolate-peanut butter syrup

Chocolate Stout Waffles with Chocolate Peanut Butter Syrup

From Around the Web:

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Parfaits from The Law Student’s Wife

Light and Fluffy Waffles with Chantilly Cream and Maple Pecans from The Flourishing Foodie

Apple Pie Waffles from Very Culinary

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal with Cookie Streusel from Whole and Heavenly Oven

Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls from Blahnik Baker


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46 Responses to Buckwheat Dutch Baby with Maple Cranberry Sauce

  1. Sune Moolman says:

    My sister-in-law has a Nespresso machine and I’m sooo jealous! I drive like half an hour just for a cup of coffee.
    This dutch baby is just what I need now; it’s so happening for dinner! 🙂

  2. I love Dutch babies! And this one sounds fabulous for this time of year. I want cranberries on everything!
    Have a wonderful weekend Joanne!

  3. After working the egg station at a French restaurant during weekend brunch, I certainly have no desire to be a short order breakfast cook at my own house. So this dutch baby is just what I need. Love it and love the maple-cranberry sauce. YUM!

  4. Monica says:

    Looks awesome, Joanne! Dutch baby pancake might be my husband’s very favorite breakfast. I have wanted to try buckwheat crepes but now a buckwheat dutch baby might be going ahead of the list. Nespresso machine looks rad too! ; )

  5. This looks like a perfect breakfast for Thanksgiving morning! Although, this looks so delicious, I just might have to make one this weekend!

  6. Sues says:

    I’m sitting at my office desk right now, sipping on a coffee I made in my VertuoLine machine. Pretty sure I make my co-workers jealous every day 🙂 But, I mean, they’d be a whole lot more jealous if I had a plate of these pancakes in front of me, too!!

  7. I want this for breakfast! I love any excuse to make a dutch baby and topping it with cranberry sauce sounds like a great idea!

  8. Joanne, I’m with you. . don’t even look at me, much less ask me to make breakfast, until I’ve had my morning coffee. oh my gawd, LOVE the Nespresso maker and this dutch baby! I clicked on the 5-DAY SALE EVENT link and then it went to a blank page? Help?

  9. Never mind! of course as soon as I posted my comment, the link started working! I’m good! happy friday, yo. .

  10. Lori R. says:

    Oh, this sounds so good! And I hear you. Doing anything before coffee, including making the coffee is a challenge. We have a standard Nespresso and love it. And that shot of the fresh cranberries. So pretty!

  11. I saw Dutch babies for the first time last year and I have been too intimidated to make one – but this Christmas I am gonna have family over – and even though there won’t be that many of us – a gluten free dutch baby like this would let me sit and drink my coffee and chat for a bit! Btw, for a moment I thought you were going to say you moved your Nespresso to your bedside table – ooh – that way you wouldn’t even have to walk into the kitchen! 🙂

  12. You’ve come a long way from Bisquick baby! This dutch baby is off the hook. And as for Nespresso – I bought the Inissia with the milk frother and it’s lattes every day around here. LOVE IT and I make a chocolate milk steamer for my 7 year old almost daily.

  13. ‘Welp, I think I’m just gonna forget about those plain-Jane pancakes I had planned for weekend breakfast and make this dutch baby instead. I am seriously drooling over that cranberry sauce on top! Thanks for linking up my cinnamon-roll oatmeal, friend! 🙂

  14. I am with you! Nothing happens in our house without coffee first. I might put a machine right next to my bed.

    This looks really good too 🙂

  15. oh so pretty! I’ve never made a dutch baby but have been wanting to try for FOREVER. I’m gonna get on it.

  16. So I won’t do anything until I have my coffee. Won’t eat breakfast, won’t put on my makeup. I just sit down with my coffee and enjoy my morning.
    And your truth about pancakes is precisely why I haven’t done a pancake recipe in a while. I want to make it, but just can’t get myself motivated enough in the AM. This dutch baby looks like a perfect solution. Pinning!

  17. Ha, oy vey indeed! 😛 This looks SO delicious, especially with all that gorgeous, colorful cranberry sauce on top. Must try!

  18. You’ve revealed the big blogger secret that most of us don’t actually shoot/eat our breakfast recipes in the morning! I haven’t made a dutch baby in the longest time and I really don’t know why! Love that heavy cream and cranberries on top!

  19. Oh, that is an interesting and delicious sounding recipe Joanne.

  20. Horray for the Dutch Baby – especially one that includes buckwheat and cranberry! We’re big breakfast for lunch or dinner people too. I’d gladly eat this for any meal.

  21. I’ve never had a dutch baby but this sure does look AMAZING! Love that you used buckwheat flour too! I’ve been wanting to experiment with that. I don’t know if I’ve told you, but I LOVE your site. So neat and attractive!

  22. OMG I never made one!! MUST TRY!!!

  23. My husband has to flip the pancakes if we’re having them for breakfast! I think I could handle this dutch baby, though!

  24. Your dutch baby with buckwheat looks scrumptious, Joanne. You have some amazing breakfast pancakes here.

  25. Kate says:

    I do pancakes, but only on the weekend. So my son wakes up in the mornings asking if it’s the weekend, just so he can have pancakes.

  26. Eileen says:

    This sounds like a WAY better vehicle for cranberry sauce (and a way better cranberry sauce itself) than the usual dry turkey! Pancakes forever!

  27. I think everyone needs #MoreDutchBaby and #LessBisquick in their lives 🙂

  28. Petition for Joanne to move to Spain and be my personal chef.
    This giant pancake is everything I ask for in life (and maybe Jon Snow, coffee and a very cute rabbit too pls)… PANCAKES with maple AND cranberry!! This looks like a huge breakfast winner!

  29. Susan says:

    It’s been so long since I’ve had a waffle or a pancake! Most mornings are Greek yogurt smoothies with fruit and lots of other healthy additives. But, the holidays are a time for entertaining and splurging so bring it on!

  30. Isadora says:

    I would totally eat this for dinner! I’ve only had a dutch baby once, but it was amazing and I dream about it all the time! This sounds so amazing, Joanne!

  31. I would love a Nespresso machine at work so that I don’t have to wait for the kettle to boil 🙂

  32. This dutch baby would make my morning, it looks delicious! Maple and cranberries would go so well together 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  33. Lynn says:

    Wish I had that to eat right now! My tummy actually rumbled a little just looking at the photos. 🙂

  34. jill conyers says:

    Every recipe in this post is mouthwatering! A cup of hot coffee and a piece of dutch baby…delightful!

  35. I not only forgive you for breakfasts being made later in the day, but whole heartedly embrace the concept 🙂 Who has time (or requisite coordination) for blog worthy pancake making in the morning?!

  36. Kelly says:

    I totally want this for my breakfast! I’m with you and don’t want to be flipping pancakes first thing in the morning. Love that you made it with buckwheat flour and the maple and cranberry sauce sounds amazing! Looks like the perfect holiday breakfast!

  37. What a fabulous idea! Love that maple cranberry sauce – yum!

  38. Teffy says:

    YUM! I’ve never made dutch baby, but I’ve seen them on pinterest and have always wanted to try it!
    I’m not a coffee person at all, but my brother had a nespresso machine at home and had it every single morning before work!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  39. totally making this asap! yum!

  40. cheri says:

    Hi Joanne, I love buckwheat flour in pancakes, such a great flavor, this looks wonderful!

  41. Jessie says:

    I’m a pancake-for-dinner gal, too, but I think this Dutch baby will have me cooking for breakfast (even if it’s not technically a pancake, still). We all need those rules sometimes to get through the day, like no flipping pancakes before coffee, right? 😉

    Have a great weekend, Joanne!

  42. I can honestly say that most of my breakfast recipes have been eaten for dinner. So, you’re totally forgiven if I am. I’ve got a full house all next week. Coffee and dutch baby FTW.

  43. I don’t know how I can reach the kitchen without having had coffee yet either. 😛

    Anyway, I wouldn’t mind having this dutch baby for dinner! I love that you made it with buckwheat flour and the cranberry sauce sounds delicious on top!

  44. grace says:

    in my experience with buckwheat flour, it needs a lot of help to become delicious. i’d say you’ve provided the proper amount of help here. 🙂

  45. Kelly Sloan says:

    Oh Yum! These look delicious!

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