Dutch Baby With Cinnamon Apple Compote, a puffed pancake that looks impressive but is simple to put together. (Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

Among the most treasured gifts of the holiday season are the relaxed mornings spent lingering in your pajamas, savoring that rare pocket of agenda-free time with loved ones. The mood calls for a breakfast that is homey and fuss-free, but also one that is out of the ordinary, and this dish suits the bill perfectly.

A Dutch Baby is so impressive-looking that it seems as if it would take special effort. But it is one of the easiest types of pancake to make. All you do is pour a simple batter into a heated skillet and pop it in the oven where, in 20 minutes, it transforms into a majestically puffed, golden-brown wonder. This version keeps it in the healthful zone with whole-grain flour, low-fat dairy and a strategic touch of butter.

Spoon the warm, maple-glazed apple compote on top, and before you know it you have breakfast for four — leaving you all the more time to sit back, relax and enjoy.


Krieger’s most recent cookbook is “Weeknight Wonders: Delicious Healthy Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013). She blogs and offers a weekly newsletter at www.elliekrieger.com.