yield: Serves 4
A combination of room-temperature fairlife 2% ultra-filtered milk (with more protein than conventional milk) and eggs give this traditional baked German pancake a delicate custard-like center. Along with its golden, puffed edges that are sure to impress, the extra protein in fairlife ultra-filtered milk also helps the batter hold up—so this delicate pancake doesn’t fall during baking and keeps its decadently creamy consistency. This winning dish is as good for breakfast as it is for dessert!
3 large eggs
2/3 cup fairlife 2% ultra-filtered milk
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons tablespoon sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, divided (optional)
3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 sweet-tart apple (such as Fuji, Gala or Pink Lady), cored, thinly sliced
Pure maple syrup, Confectioner’s’ sugar or cinnamon sugar, for serving (optional)
Special equipment: 10-inch skillet, preferably cast iron
Preheat oven to 425ºF with rack in middle.
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs. Add fairlife ultra-filtered milk, flour, pinch salt, 2 teaspoons sugar and 1/8 teaspoon cardamom, if using. Whisk to form a mostly smooth batter (small lumps are ok).
Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons butter a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add apple, 1/8 teaspoon salt and remaining 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/8 teaspoon cardamom, if using. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apple is softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
Wipe out skillet with paper towel and heat in oven until very hot, 10 to 12 minutes. Carefully remove skillet from oven (remember that handle will be hot!) and add remaining 2 tablespoons butter; tilt pan to coat bottom and sides. Arrange cooked apple in center leaving a 2-inch border, then whisk together batter just to combine, and pour on top. Carefully return pan to oven and bake until pancake is puffed and golden brown around edges, and center is just set, 12 to 15 minutes.
Carefully remove skillet from oven. Cut pancake into wedges and serve immediately, with syrup and/or confectioners’ sugar or cinnamon sugar, if desired.