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Dutch Babies Are A Thing? Yes They Are! And They Are Delicious

So I grew up in Michigan, where we worship the donut, fritter, or a good slice of coffee cake with an actual cup of coffee for breakfast, so when I read about Dutch Babies, I knew that I would be writing about them and making this intriguing breakfast meal real soon.

 

Let me clarify, I’m not talking real, diaper wetting Dutch Babies, I’m talking about the popover like goodness that is baked in a cast iron skillet and topped with many varieties of great ingredients, Dutch Babies. The Dutch Baby is a cross between a pancake and a thick crepe and has been likened to a popover when it comes out of the oven. The Dutch Baby does “fall” when it is first out of the oven, but that’s part of it’s charm.

 

Modeled after the German Pfannkuchen or thick pancake, this hybrid found its origins in the early twentieth century at a Seattle based eatery, Manca’s Cafe. The name of the popular breakfast fare was said to be named by Mr. Manca’s daughter. The original recipe is simple enough. Eggs, flour, sugar, and milk incorporate the basic ingredients. Over the years the recipe has evolved to include fruit, meat, vegetables, cheese, and powdered sugar or vanilla for a sweet Dutch Baby.

 

The secret to a good Dutch Baby seems to be the cast iron pan. It cooks and lends a crispiness to the outside of the baby, while the inside is firm in texture like a popover. The Dutch Baby seems to be a breakfast staple in diners and cafes across Seattle and is a little know, hidden treasure to the rest of the cooking world.

 

Mr. Manca’s cafe closed down in the 1950’s, but his legacy in the Dutch Baby lives on. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m hungry for breakfast and need to fire up the cast iron skillet. If you would like to watch the video that started my fascination with the Dutch Baby, you can click here.

 

Beneful offers a myriad of premium dog foods

One of the biggest manufacturers of dog food has reoriented their business model and is now offering an increased number of products in the premium market. The reason for their move towards this market segment is obvious; not only are their rich margins but there is also a significant amount of growth.

Beneful is trying to capture this marketplace by moving towards higher quality and more organic dog food ingredients, by offering unique ordering options to customers, and by providing foods for specialized components of the marketplace. By doing so they are able to appeal to a broad range of dog owners who are seeking to provide their pets with high quality foods that keep their dogs happy and healthy.

To capture the specialized segment of the market, Beneful has a new offering to elderly dogs who have trouble processing some dog foods. The new offering has something that is known as medium chain triglycerides included in it. This is a type of fat that is derived from coconut oil and is easier for dogs to digest and process and is the right choice for many elderly dogs.

Beneful has made it easier for dog owners who are trying to offer specialized dog foods by offering a special way of ordering in the premium space. Beneful allows individual dog owners to select the ingredients in their dog food in small batches. This lets customers pick and choose those ingredients that are right for their pets and decide on how healthy their pet will be.

Another option is the increasing amount of organic dog food that is available through Beneful after their recent acquisition of American Pet Care who was the first certified organic seller of dog food. Their storied history in the market space is an excellent option for those who are concerned about the quality of ingredients in the food.

Beneful has therefore expanded greatly into the premium dog food space and has a large number of options for sale in this space which adds to their competitiveness and also to the options available for customers looking for new premium dog foods.