Raise your hand if you could go for a good dessert right about now. 🙋 Excellent! While your first instinct may not be to reach for your cast iron skillet, we’re here to shed some more light on an underappreciated group of dishes: cast iron skillet desserts.
Peach Dutch Baby
The Dutch baby is a classic cast iron skillet dessert that can also be a breakfast or brunch dish. The one we have here is of the sweeter variety, perfect for a fresh dessert that will leave your guests in awe of its puffed, golden perfection.
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup milk, warm
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
- 1 peach, sliced
- Sliced almonds (for topping)
- Powdered sugar (for topping)
- Preheat your oven to 400°F.
- Put the butter in the skillet, and place in the oven for a few minutes or until butter is completely melted.
- Blend the eggs, flour, milk, sugar, vanilla and salt in a stand mixer or blender.
- Remove the skillet from the oven and allow the butter to coat the entire bottom and sides of the skillet. Pour any remaining butter in to the batter and mix again.
- Pour the batter into the hot skillet, and place about half of the peach slices in the batter (save the rest for topping). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.
- Arrange the remaining peach slices on top, and add additional toppings like sliced almonds and powdered sugar if desired.
Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Bread pudding is another classic dish, with a wide range of styles/ingredients that can go into making it. There are even savory bread puddings, but in case you couldn’t tell by our excitement over cast iron skillet desserts, we’ll be focusing on the sweet variety here. This lovely, textured dessert will leave everyone coming back for more… unless you decide not to share in the first place… which we totally wouldn’t blame you for.
- 1 loaf brioche bread, cut in cubes
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup cream cheese
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ pint blueberries
- ½ pint raspberries
- Powdered sugar
- 3 scoops vanilla bean ice cream
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Heat your cast iron skillet over medium heat then add milk, butter and cream cheese. Wisk together until cream cheese and butter are melted and milk is hot.
- In a large bowl, whisk the sugar, eggs and cinnamon together then toss bread in the mixture to coat. Add milk mixture next and toss quickly (so bread doesn’t get too soggy).
- Pour the bread back into skillet then sprinkle fruit on top. Bake skillet in the oven for 20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean and it is cooked through.
- Allow to cool slightly before adding powdered sugar and ice cream.
And there you have it! Two cast iron skillet desserts that you can whip up with ease, but will taste like you spent hours crafting them to perfection. And as we alluded to earlier, don’t be afraid to get creative! With either dish, you can use different fruits or toppings if you or your guests have a specific taste you’re craving.
Have any particular cast iron skillet desserts you can’t get enough of? Just want to sound off about how awesome cast iron desserts are? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. Until next time, this is Team Stargazer reminding you: Save room for dessert!