Saying, “No!” to Stress & Chrissy Teigen’s Dutch Baby Pancakes [RECIPE]
Good Afternoon Friends!
Today I felt introspective. Our local area was under a gale warning. The ocean churned as angry waves crashed on the beach and sheets of rain smacked against the windows. I curled up, staring out at the sky thinking of how my life has changed. Since 2019 rang in, I’ve taken every day to tune into my mental health. I declared war on my anxiety and made it my mission to get healthy day by day. My journey began in a doctor’s office, finally lifting the burden of this illness off of my shoulders and simply asking for help. Then I developed a strict routine of mediation, medication, and exercise which lifted my mood tremendously. Am I cured? No, not yet. But my good days far outweigh my bad ones and that is a giant leap from where I used to be.
Part of this journey has been me discovering how much I worry about things that I can’t control. Take it from someone whose middle name was stress– if you’re stressing about something small, it’s likely that you don’t need to. It’s important to be in touch with how a situation makes us feel, but there is a large difference between feeling…. and stressing. Our bodies stress for the natural impulse of fight or flight. It’s a protection mechanism designed to give us a surge of adrenaline in times of peril. So, thank you body, for being there to help us in dire times.
However, we must be careful to not over stress. Stress isn’t just a feeling in response to a thought or situation. It’s a physiological response as well. You sweat. Your heart rate increases. Your body pushes adrenaline and hormones thinking that you’re in trouble, which (if done chronically) can lead to illnesses and a decline in mental health. It can also compromise your immune system.
So how do we say, “NO” to stress? We shift our mindset.
I’m not saying that I’m a guru. In fact, I’m a newbie at this. But taking a medication that allows me to actually pause for a moment, has made me realize the importance of putting things in perspective. I’ll give you a common example of unnecessary stress. I weigh myself daily. Or if not daily, at least every other day. I don’t enjoy it. I cringe stepping up to the scale wondering if my exercise is paying off, or if those carbs I ate for supper are going to catch up with me in the number reflected. My bathroom scale became a point of stress for me. So…. I packed it up. I decided to be kind to myself, and my mind, and to focus on how I feel. Are my clothes tight? Does my back hurt? No? Then we’re good.
I also stopped planning things in general. Yes, I have “to do” lists like everyone else. But they are for the immediate future. I don’t plan things far out in advance. I allow myself to daydream, but I don’t make giant plans. I live in the moment, and control what I can control. It has lifted the burden and stress of expectations from my mind. And speaking of spontaneous things, this dutch baby pancake was something that I decided to make on the fly today. It has been so cold, rainy, and storming that a warm, crispy, sweet pancake sounded like heaven-in-a-skillet to me! 🙂
This dutch baby pancake is from celebrity model and cookbook author, Chrissy Teigen (aka John Legend’s wife). Known for her calorie-dense cooking and witty humor, she doesn’t hold back when it comes to fat and flavor. And on a stormy day today, I wanted some of that fat and flavor! This pancake did not disappoint! I snapped a picture of it and sent it to my husband to ogle while he was at work. “Save me a piece!” he replied, which made me chuckle. The Noob Chef Junior was swooning with each bite, begging me to make it again. There are two important parts to making this pancake incredible that you absolutely, positively, CANNOT skip:
- You MUST use a 10 inch cast iron skillet. This will give your pancake a small enough surface area to bubble up and crisp. Trust me.
- You MUST use all-purpose flour. I know whole wheat is healthier. But trust me… it won’t taste as good.
Now that we got that out of the way. Let’s jump into the recipe. ❤
Chrissy Teigen’s Dutch Baby Pancakes
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk, at room temperature
1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
4 T (1⁄2 stick) butter, melted, plus softened butter for serving
Pancake syrup (or, more specifically, Mrs. Butterworth’s)
Powdered sugar, for dusting
1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a blender, combine the flour, eggs, milk, salt, and 2 tablespoons of the melted butter and blend until smooth with no lumps, 20 to 30 seconds.
3. In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter over high heat until foamy. Add the batter and immediately put the skillet in the oven. Bake until the outside of the pancake is puffed and a deep golden color (it will puff up in a bit of a crazy, disorganized way, so don’t worry), 17 to 18 minutes.
4. Remove from the oven, slather with softened butter, and cut into quarters. Pour syrup over the pancake slices and dust with powdered sugar.