Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Ohio Poultry Association. All opinions are my own.
This summer just flew by. I mean it. I feel like I say that every year, but this one really did go by so, so fast. I’m sure that means I’m getting old. But, I can’t believe the kids are back in school already. How did that even happen? It was just May like a minute ago!
With the routine of kids and I both back at school, also comes the routine of eating breakfast every morning. In the summer, we sort of just grab whatever we have, whenever we feel like it.
But, during the school year, I need routine ….and protein! We all do. And on busy school days around here, that means eggs! Eating a protein-rich breakfast keeps kids (and teachers) full for hours. Not only do eggs leave us feeling fuller longer, but one large egg also contains 13 essential nutrients and 6 grams of high-quality protein, all for only 70 calories!
I love breakfast foods. They are my favorite. And a healthy breakfast really does helps fuel the brain. Nutrient-dense breakfasts including eggs have been shown to help children focus and perform better in school. They get less hangry, too.
We really enjoyed having our own backyard chickens to help out with our serious love of eggs. Sadly they’re all gone now, but we still eat A LOT OF eggs. They’re just so affordable and convenient and delicious. They’re easy too, even my kids can scramble or fry up some eggs. And I always hard boil a dozen or two every week to have on hand for a quick snack.
There are just so many ways to enjoy eggs. Like in these Dutch Babies!!!
Dutch Babies are amazingly easy and you can top them with whatever sweet or savory toppings you can think up.
They’re like puffy pancake pockets of love.
If you’ve never made them, you really need to give it a try. They are so simple to get in the oven because you use only a blender to mix up the batter. They make a perfect quick and special back-to-school breakfast. My kids can easily gobble up several of these little babies.
Mini Dutch Babies
What you’ll need:
Makes 24 regular sized muffins.
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 stick butter (for the muffin tin)
What you do:
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Divide the butter evenly by putting a bit in each of the muffin pans. Put the pans in the oven while it’s preheating to melt the butter. Sometimes this browns the butter, which makes it even more delicious.
- Blend together all the other ingredients in a blender. Pour some batter into each well of the muffin pan until equally dispersed. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
- Done. They rise beautifully tall and get a mysterious little hole in the middle, for you to fill with whatever your heart desires.
I filled mine with a variety of sweet and savory things to show just how versatile this recipe can be.
- Jam and a dusting of powdered sugar.
- Crumbled sausage and cheddar cheese with a drizzle of maple syrup.
- BLT style with bacon, tomato and basil (not lettuce).
- Fresh berries and whipped cream.
- With a fried egg on top and bacon on the side. Mmmm. My favorite way because I love having a runny yolk and something to eat it with.
I hope you make these Dutch Babies. I would love to hear other topping ideas. What did you come up with?
Did you know that there’s a good chance the eggs you eat are from an Ohio egg farm?
Because Ohio is one of the top egg farming states in the entire nation, producing more than 9 billion eggs each year! I learned so much about eggs from my visit to Columbus a few months ago with the Ohio Poultry Association. We got to hang out with the actual farmers and they took us on virtual tours of their actual farms. They were all amazing. The amount of work that goes into providing safe, nutritious and affordable eggs for the country is just astounding. The farmers even have dietitians that formulate the feed for every hen, to keep them all as healthy as possible, in every stage of their life. No antibiotics are ever included in this feed. Because it’s against the law!! Cool right?!
There are many, many more amazing egg facts, recipes and tips on the Ohio Poultry Association’s site. Be sure to follow them on social media, too. They are a wealth of egg information and inspiration.