My mom started the dutchman tradition when I was really young. We always got our own personal dutchman pancake on our birthdays, and then the family would get the big one to split. We got to pick whatever type of fruit topping we wanted. Usually we picked a berry, but occasionally we picked things like apple pie filling or peaches. I have many a birthday morning picture of me or my brothers sitting at the table with fork and knife, ready to dig in to our personal bit of birthday joy with a huge grin on our faces.
The tradition is alive and well in my own family. Both my children love waiting for their own personal birthday breakfast, and love the idea of getting to pick their topping just like I did when I was young. I love that I have carried that on.
Preheat oven to 400*
Put two cast iron pans, one 7 inches and one 12 inches in the oven while preheating.
1 cup of flour
1 cup of milk
2 tea salt
Put ingredients in the blender and mix for 45 seconds or so.
Put a Tbs of butter into the hot pan, wait for it to melt and coat the pan with the butter. Pour the batter into the hot, buttered pans (splitting accordingly 3/4 in the large one and the remainder in the personal) and turn the pan so it lightly coats the sides with batter. Put in the oven for 20 minutes, checking to see the small one after this time (the large one may need another 5 minutes or so).
I make most of my fruit fillings with just fruit and a bit of sugar in the raw, but to the peach I add cinnamon and a bit of lemon juice to keep that beautiful apricot color.