Breakfast comfort food, especially around the holidays, has to have something with orange and cinnamon. This gluten free dutch baby made with almond flour is the perfect answer to cinnamon roll cravings.
Many gluten free recipes use a base of rice flour. While I do have some gluten free recipes using the gluten free flour that are great like my gluten free biscuits, which tastes just like the Southern biscuit people miss, most of my gluten free recipes are now made with almond flour, which yields a much better crumb.
While most of my recipes now use Swerve or Powdered Erythritol for a sweetener making them keto friendly, you can use sugar in the same recipes.
This gluten free dutch baby (a baked German pancake) is flavored with cinnamon, orange zest and topped with a sweetened cinnamon orange butter. It’s truly divine, and reminds me of crepes suzette. You can take this recipe a step further and top with some warmed cream cheese frosting (recipe here).
The orange zest really drives the orange flavor without using orange juice which can be too sugary. You could also use orange extract.
What is a Dutch Baby?
A dutch baby is a German pancake that is baked in a skillet. As it bakes, it puffs up and is then ready for butter, glaze or fruit. I’ve made an apple dutch baby here and a sausage dutch baby here with all purpose flour, but they could easily be adapted with grain free flours. I’ll come back and do that in another post.
My first gluten free, keto dutch baby was posted here and it’s the result of four separate tests to get that just right mixture that wasn’t eggy. After that I jumped over to a keto savory dutch baby made with cheddar and bacon. In the Fall, I made a keto pumpkin dutch baby that has made heads turn.
How to Make a Gluten free Dutch Baby
I used two grain-free flours in this grain-free, gluten free dutch baby recipe, almond flour and coconut flour to get the taste I was looking for. If you follow me on instagram I told you that I was going to test and retest this recipe until I got a recipe worthy of sharing.
The orange cinnamon butter is inspired by the butter cakes I make for my bakery. It’s a very forgiving butter. You can add in a squeeze of orange, a dash of cinnamon, swerve. I use a ratio of one tablespoon butter to one tablespoon of swerve.
Sugar Free Cream Cheese Glaze
If you don’t want the orange butter, you could top with some cream cheese glaze. I basically warmed up my cream cheese frosting. I like when there is a lot of fat in a swerve recipe. If I make an orange juice glaze, it’s mostly all swerve and too sweet, which is why a cream cheese frosting glaze works so well.
I used this recipe but in a much smaller batch.
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Grain Free Dutch Baby
- Preheat oven to 425 degres F.
- Mix all dry ingredients together, making sure baking powder is thoroughly mixed. If using orange zest, add now.
- Add eggs and sour cream and extracts.
- Once incorporated, add vanilla.
- Melt butter in cast iron skillet in oven until butter is bubbly.
- Pour mixture into pan and shut oven.
- Bake 13 to 17 minutes until the center is springy.
- While baking, gather ingredients together for butter topping or cream cheese glaze.
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