Try a recipe from The Messy Baker cookbook and enter to WIN a copy!

messybakerYum! Charmian Christie has pulled together all of her favourite baking recipes and tips in The Messy Baker, a down-to-earth cookbook for those of us that are up for making a bit of a mess in the kitchen.

For a little taste of what’s inside check out her recipe for a delicious Dutch Baby:

Peppery Pear And Smoked Gouda Dutch Baby

If a popover and a pancake got together for a romantic tryst, the result would be a bouncing Dutch baby. Like a popover, this dish emerges from the oven puffed and light and proud as punch. Ooh and ahh quickly, as this baby takes on the features of its pancake parentage within minutes. In this version, a layer of peppery sautéed pears naps beneath a blanket of smoked Gouda batter.

Makes 4 to 6 servings
Commitment level : ready in an hour or less

1 cup milk
3 eggs, at room temperature
2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄4 cup cornstarch
1⁄2 teaspoon fine sea salt
4 ounces smoked Gouda
2 pears (such as Bosc)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
Fresh cracked black pepper
Crème fraîche or sour cream, for garnish
Honey, for drizzling

1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and a heavy 10″ skillet on the rack to heat. Cast iron is ideal, but any oven- proof skillet will do.

2. Preheat the oven to 425°F.In a medium bowl, whisk the milk, eggs, and melted butter until smooth. Add the flour, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk until smooth. Grate the cheese using the large holes of a box grater. Add it to the batter and stir gently to combine. Set aside while you cook the pears.

3. Peel, core, and cut the pears into 1⁄4″-thick slices. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the room- temperature butter. When it bubbles, place the pears in the butter, add a light grinding of pepper, and cook, stir- ring often, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the pears are lightly golden and beginning to get tender.

4. When the pears are done, remove the heated skillet from the oven. Slide the pears into the hot skillet and arrange in a single layer. Be sure to scrape out all the butter. Give the reserved batter a quick stir, pour it over the pears, and pop the skillet back into the oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until puffed and golden. The Dutch baby will not rise as high as a plain version because of the cheese. This is normal. You didn’t do anything wrong,

5. Slice and serve with a dollop of crème fraîche (page 224) or sour cream, a grinding of fresh black pepper, and a drizzle of honey.

Note: Dutch babies don’t sleep well. Eat this dish hot from the oven. Technically, leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container and reheated in a skillet, but they might disappoint. If this is the case, serve with Caramelized Bacon (page 82) to take the edge off.

Tip: If you don’t have smoked Gouda, this recipe works with aged Gouda. Don’t like Gouda? Substitute Edam or smoked Cheddar.


Recipes from The Messy Baker by Charmian Christie ©2014. Published by HarperCollins Canada. All rights reserved.

We’re giving away a copy of The Messy Baker! To enter to win, tell us your messiest (or most fun) recipe on Twitter @SavvyReader or in the comments below. Open to Canadians only! Please see our contest Rules and Regulations here. Winner will be contacted on September 10th. Good luck!

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23 thoughts on “Try a recipe from The Messy Baker cookbook and enter to WIN a copy!

  1. Messiest recipe — my grandmother’s brownie pudding. Like chocolate cake braised in fudge sauce! Keep those napkins at the ready and make sure you’re eating among friends so no one minds the chocolate on your face. 🙂

  2. We make a family recipe called cranberry crumble bars and the kids love to pitch in on this one. It’s messy to make and messy to eat, but it’s tasty, relatively healthy, and quick to make.

  3. Looks like a great cookbook, Shannon! It seems like when we make pie of any sort, it is a bit of a mess, but oh so worth it!

  4. Oh I am such a messy baker! This books looks fabulous! I make so many messy recipes, but I think my messiest is braided cinnamon bread.. or perhaps zucchini double chocolate muffins.. or my grandmother’s caramel cake.. but totally worth the effort – and the dishsoap!!

  5. I make a recipe of my mom’s that we have always called Crumby Things. It is an oatmeal bar that always crumbles when you eat it. They are delicious and a favourite!

    1. Hi Heather!

      You have been selected as the winner of our Messy Baker contest! Can you please send your mailing address to savvyreader(at)harpercollins(dot)com to receive your prize?

      Thank you for sharing your favourite (and messiest) recipe. It sounds delicious!

  6. Whenever I make bread, I end up with a mess. Flour everywhere! My messiest was a braided bread with chocolate in the centre. It was delicious!

  7. I love getting messy in the kitchen. The best creations emerge from all that mess. I make a cheesecake that involves halving the recipe and adding chocolate to one half, then dropping spoonfuls into the white batter and pulling a nkife through to make a circle of hearts. Truly made with love!

  8. My messiest recipe is peanut brittle – there are always drops and pulled ‘hairs’ of molten sugar across the kitchen when I’m done. Thankfully they dissolve away. Or anything my husband makes – he uses an amazing number of utensils for the simplest things!

  9. I don’t know about THE messiest, but I did a pretty great job while making Paleo mayo in a friend’s kitchen today. Oil and egg spraying all over a nice clean kitchen, followed by ground beef drippings making burgers and more grease spatter as I cooked them. Tasted terrific (and resulted in three recipes that will make it onto my recipe blog,

  10. I did make a mess the first time I tried to make ravioli. When I tried to cook my squash and ricotta filled pasta, they all came apart in the boiling water. I ended us with pasta and milky squash water. Contained, but still a mess.

  11. My messiest recipe is a Norwegian food called Klubb my family loves. It involves shredding potatoes in massive quantities. You then use flour to squeeze the potato into a ball shape over a meatball. Between the starchy fingers and starchy water and flour guaranteed to leave a mess on me and my kitchen, it doesn’t get much messier for me.

  12. How do you pick just one messy recipe? My husband calls me a tornado in the kitchen. I’d have to say my messiest recipe would be homemade caramel corn. A fantastic recipe from my mother-in-law – but with so many bowls and trays, pots and pans – and that sticky caramel – well, good thing it’s worth it!

  13. My messiest baking experience would be after spending a whole night roasting, puréeing and preparing a batch of sweet potato pies… Only to have them fall off of their cooling racks & on to the floor! After a few tears, more roasting & prep we ended up with a whole new batch of pies and a new sense of caution in our tiny kitchen haha! Luckily my husband cleaned it up & all was well again!

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