german pancake

I’m on holidays this week again. It’s just me and the girls though, and I thought I should make them a little treat before I broke the news to them that the barn stall clean-out they did yesterday wasn’t up to standards and they needed to go back and shovel them out some more.

This is something that I had clipped out of a magazine years ago and made for guests. I wish I knew which magazine, but I did find an exact copy of the recipe here on AllRecipes. I halved it to make a smaller version for the girls and I – this size fits perfectly in a cast iron skillet. To make a larger version, just double the recipe exactly and bake it in a 9×13″ pan.

We like it served with maple syrup and powdered sugar and strawberry jam, but I’ve also served it in the past with sautéed apples and raisins. I’ve read the Germans just stick to fresh squeezed lemon juice and powdered sugar. Any way you like it, it’s a bit of a sweet treat. It’s somewhere between a pancake and a soufflé and nice and airy. I think four hungry adults could possibly eat 2 large pans of this – so you may want to double the doubled recipe if you are feeding guests.

German Pancake (serves 2 adults)

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter

Preheat oven to 400F. Place the eggs, milk, flour and salt in a blender; cover and process until smooth (I just used an immersion blender – less clean-up. You can also just whisk it all together until smooth). Add butter to the skillet and heat in oven for a few minutes until melted, then swirl around to coat the skillet. Add the batter and bake for 20 minutes.

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32 thoughts on “german pancake

  1. I am going to try this – I have some serious pancake eaters here–so this should satisfy them. Have you broken the news to the girls yet? Bet it won’t be so bad on a full tummy.

  2. I LOVE German pancakes. I haven’t had them in so long. Haven’t even thought about them. We used to have them as part of our Christmas morning spread. I already know I won’t be able to get them off my mind until I get them in my mouth. YUM!

    • I know – I’m not sure what got me thinking about them either the other day. I haven’t made them in years either. Once I started to think about it I had to go through with it and make them. I should do it more often – they are so easy!

  3. oceannah says:

    LOVE these, my grandma always served them with sauteed apples and lots of cinnamon.

  4. Happy holidays, Heidi! This looks like a great breakfast to eat before chores 🙂

  5. Now you’ve got my taste buds in craving mode. When I first moved to Chicago there was a German pancake house along the Eisenhower Expressway that we students would drive to for a special treat. Sadly, it went by the wayside as the once lovely neighborhood fell into serious decline. So thanks for this easy recipe. I know what’s for breakfast tomorrow morning!

  6. In my current state where everything makes me queasy, this actually sounds good! The fact that it’s simple to make also helps. 🙂

  7. jenfletcher says:

    Seriously…..your blog makes me want to cook. That is quite possibly the highest compliment I could give to anyone. I hate cooking. 🙂

  8. So simple, yet it look delicious. You just made me miss having an oven for the first time in more than a year!

  9. Sharon says:

    Yum! I copied down this recipe and perhaps we’ll try it this weekend. I agree that sauteed appled would be lovely with it.

  10. Sarah says:

    As soon as my hubby sees this, he will make it. He is the pancake king, and I KNOW he will love this. Thanks for keeping us full and happy! 🙂 Enjoy your holidays!

  11. I will try whislmg the mix rather than just beating it together – the idea of it being more like a soufflée that a normal pancake is very appealing.

  12. Somer says:

    I used to make that all the time, my kids called it “Puffy Oven Pancake” My recipe used a lot more butter than yours 😉 Man it was good. It’s one of those things that I can’t veganize that I really miss. Enjoy the heck out of it!

  13. I love these, we call them popovers and eat them with lemon curd!

  14. Lauren says:

    Ooh, this looks awesome. Must try soon! I love the idea of serving them with just lemon juice and sugar, but they sound so versatile.

  15. emmycooks says:

    I used to love these! I had forgotten about them but I remember how easy they are to make–I see a new pancake in my kids’ future (and mine, of course!).

  16. I was JUST thinking of making a giant german pancake! I’ll have to try your recipe! I like them with strawberries in summer and the cooked apples in fall. 🙂

  17. Ah we’ve just had these for tea!! 🙂

  18. I think I’m ready to go home and make pancakes for dinner. Yes, we Germans eat breakfast for dinner sometimes…kinda strange.

  19. Charlene says:

    Sounds delicious and the perfect treat for anytime! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

  20. Amber says:

    We made these last night for dinner. It was so easy and so delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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