The orchards in and around town are ripe with plump, juicy peaches and sweet raspberries. The kids and I spend a few mornings during the week picking and plucking fruit that beckons to be used right away. My most favorite way to enjoy our hand-picked summer harvest is to nestle the sweet fruit in the belly of a giant, puffy Dutch baby. Since every baby needs a name, let’s call this one Vanilla Dutch Baby with Peaches & Raspberries.
For anyone unfamiliar with a Dutch baby, I’m not referring to a sweet cherub-faced infant from the Netherlands, although that conjures up warm, comforting thoughts as well. This Dutch baby is a puffed-up German breakfast treat baked in a piping hot cast iron skillet, resembling something of a cross between a pancake and a popover. In short, it’s oven-baked bliss.