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Meatless Meals for Lent: Dutch Babies (Oven Pancakes)


Editor’s Note: Missioner Anna Klonowski shares a family recipe traditionally made on Fridays during Lent.

Note: This recipe calls for an oven safe pan 3-4 quart capacity with sides at least 3 inches high.


4 eggs
1 cup milk
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
1/3 cup butter


Preheat oven to 425°F. Melt butter in baking pan. Mix together all other ingredients thoroughly. Pour batter over butter in pan. Bake 20-25 minutes. To serve, cut like a pie. Serve like pancakes with butter and syrup, fresh fruit, or jam.

Anna’s reflection for Lent:

Every year during Lent, my family put out a Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl on the dining room table. While eating, I would look over the box, read the special quotes and prayers on the sides, and contribute small donations throughout the 40 days. Below is this year’s prayer.

Lenten Prayer (CRS Rice Bowl Prayer)

God of all people,

You walk with us on our life’s journey. You know our joys and struggles. You know us better than we know ourselves.

This Lenten season, may we too learn to walk with others. Through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, may we encounter you in our neighbors in need and live your call to serve our human family.


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Long-term overseas mission is a natural extension of the ideals and interests that direct Anna’s life. At the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota, she connected her deep faith with her enthusiasm for social justice and women’s leadership while studying theology, Hispanic studies, and global business leadership. Anna fell even more in love with the Spanish language and Latin American culture during a semester in Xela, Guatemala. Her call to care for creation revolves around a desire to preserve the world for those who are marginalized, as well as for future generations.