I hate making pancakes, but the Dutchman loves them. I’m trying to think of easy things for my little Dutch baby to make my big Dutch baby while I am gone, so I thought I’d try Dutch Babies. I never tried to make one, even though on the internet you see rave reviews of them. It looks a little gloppy in one big pan, so when I saw this article, I decided to make a variation on the recipe and try it. There were many comments on how they could not figure out why a Dutch Baby is Dutch, and noone seemed to figure it out. I think I have. Most people think of tulips when they think about Holland. I am pretty positive that Dutch Babies are poffertjes, which are the second reason to visit The Netherlands, the first being french fries. (I have since found out that the savory version of these are traditional English Yorkshire Puddings. Thanks Francie!) I had never used my cast iron muffin pan, and was a bit worried if they would stick. It makes a difference to have it seasoned well. I don’t have an abundance of raw butter right now and so I used stick butter instead. Slice some off and put in the bottom of each cup and preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Take a quart mason jar, beat four eggs in it with your stick blender. You could use a regular blender also. Blend for about 2 minutes until very frothy. Take one cup of whole milk (of course raw is best if you have it) and pour in the milk slowly while the blender is running. Beat until frothy. Put the cast iron muffin pan in the hot oven now, and let the butter melt and get hot (don’t let it burn.) Add some cinnamon and some vanilla extract and a pinch of sea salt. Add in one cup of white flour and blend for about 30 seconds. Take the hot pan out of the oven, the butter or fat must be hot! In experimenting, I have found if I don’t let the oven fully preheat to 450, and don’t get the pan hot enough before I pour in the batter, then they don’t puff up as well. Once in the oven, lower the temp to 425. Pour in the batter and fill each cup to a little over 3/4’s full. Put in the oven for 20 minutes until crisp and brown. Serve with maple syrup. Only those who have a cow can show off by also serving it with cultured clotted cream. Oh the glories of having your own cow, and having your milkman home. Now that his tummy was full, I was instructed to drag him and the old Case tractor up the hill to the road. That did not last long, as I was spinning and sliding everywhere, so he had to drag me on the Case, backwards. The big metal piece on the Case breaks off and the chain goes flying and we go sliding. Really gunning it now. I’m trying to steer the old monster and of course he does not look back. Make the turn past Ruby… and through the posts to the road. Now I’m really not paying attention, and he is dragging me pretty fast backwards, and of course I am trying to take pictures. …so I get some “instructions” …which I ignore It sure is handy to be a man. and he’s glad to be a milkman again, especially now that Valentine’s is over.