A family favorite coming at you today! A Classic Apple German Pancake recipe. What did you grow up calling these? German pancakes? Dutch babies? Puffy pancakes? Whatever you call them, these are always a big hit with adults and kids alike.
Packed with protein, and a simple twist with the addition of apple and cinnamon, this breakfast couldn’t be easier. Just a few staple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Eggs, milk, flour, etc and this recipe will come together in a flash. This recipe can easily be doubled and thrown into a larger pan 9X13 pan too. Enjoy!
Classic Apple German Pancake Recipe
- 3 eggs
- ¾ C milk
- ½ C all-purpose flour
- 2 T granulated sugar
- 2 apples peeled and thinly sliced
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 2 T butter
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 2 T brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- In a medium bow, mix eggs, flour, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt and cinnamon until blended. Then turn to high and beat for 3 minutes until the batter is light and foamy. Then set aside.
- Place 1 T of butter in each of two cast iron skillets, or small pie tins. Melt the butter by placing the pans in the hot oven. Keep an eye on them, you don’t want the butter to brown.
- As soon as the butter is melted, add the sliced apples to the pans and return to the oven until the butter sizzles.
- Remove the pans from the oven and immediately pour half of the batter over the apples in each pan.
- Sprinkle each pan with 1 Tbs brown sugar
- Place pans in the middle of the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until puffed and browned.
- Serve immediately. These can be topped with powdered sugar, chopped nuts, berries, maple syrup or whipped cream for a special treat.
If you’re experiencing issues with your German pancake not rising, try adjusting the oven temperature, checking the freshness of your ingredients, and ensuring the batter is the correct consistency.
German pancake possibilities are really endless. Use the above recipe minus the apples as your basic German pancake recipe. Try some of these other German pancake variation ideas:
Classic Lemon & Powdered Sugar: The traditional version is topped with lemon juice and powdered sugar.
Fruit Toppings: Fresh or canned fruits such as berries, peaches, apples, or pears can be added on top of the pancake before it’s baked.
Nutella & Banana: A combination of Nutella spread and sliced bananas makes for a rich and delicious variation.
Cinnamon & Sugar: Sprinkle the batter with cinnamon sugar before baking for a sweet, cinnamon-spiced flavor.
Savory Variations: Add herbs, cheese, or diced vegetables to the batter for a savory twist.
Maple Syrup & Bacon: Top with maple syrup and crispy bacon for a breakfast-style German pancake.
Whipped Cream & Berries: Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh berries for a light and fluffy finish.
These are just a few variations of the German pancake, and you can get creative and come up with your own unique toppings and flavor combinations.