German Pancakes Recipe (2024)

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German Pancakes are a lighter and fluffier version of their American counterpart. The ingredients blend together easily and the whole thing bakes in one pan for easy serving and cleanup. Top with cinnamon and sugar, powdered sugar, fruit, or syrup for a delicious breakfast.

Are you feeling like you want all the pancake recipes, all the time? Me too! Try these other recipes to mix up your pancake production: Berry Cottage Cheese Pancakes, Easy Oatmeal Pancakes, or these Banana Bread Pancakes.

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You know those recipes your mom or grandma clipped out of magazines or the newspaper and put on an index card or slipped it into a binder or recipe box? You’ll see them make an appearance now and then, and you’ll recognize the dish and get oh-so-excited. And this was before home copiers (well, the mechanical kind) and scanners and the internet where you could just go back and look for a recipe over and over again if you didn’t have a hard copy, so it was a precious piece of paper for sure.

This recipe for German Pancakes is one such recipe. My mom had clipped it out of a newspaper at some point, only it was called “Churchtown Inn’s Oven Puff Pancake.” I’m not really sure where Churchtown Inn is and I don’t think I ever thought to ask when I was growing up either. Maybe that’s because growing up we simply referred to this recipe as “puffy oven pancakes.”

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It turns out that we weren’t far off in our own naming of these delightfully fluffy pancakes. They are also called German pancakes, Hootenanny, and Dutch Baby pancakes. My kids now have their own word for them: “patty cakes.” I happen to think this is the most adorable iteration but I wasn’t sure if it would go over so well as a headline for this recipe.

While the original recipe clipping calls for more flour and milk, I like to scale it back to make it lighter and airier. I do like the original addition of cinnamon as a topping though, because, when mixed with sugar, you get a lovely French toast flavor. (Love French toast? Try my Best Easy French Toast Recipe!)

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HOW TO MAKE GERMAN PANCAKES


The first step is always to preheat your oven so it’s good and ready to go when you are. Turn your oven on to 425 degrees. Put the butter in your baking dish or pan and then put the whole thing in the oven so that the butter can melt while the oven preheats.

Next, get out your blender. If you don’t have a blender, you can use another appliance like a hand beater or immersion blender or even a food Ninja-type device. Otherwise, just whisk all your ingredients together as best you can until they are good and combined.

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When the oven is at temperature, pull the baking dish or pan out (the butter should be melted) and pour your batter right into the center of the pan on top of the butter. (The butter will disperse under the batter, greasing your pan on the bottom and sides for a perfect, non-stick coating.)

Slowly and without too much jiggling of the pan, put it back into the oven and let it bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the German puff pancakes are puffy and the edges are golden brown.

For serving, cut these easy German pancakes into square or rectangular sections and serve. I like to top with a cinnamon and sugar mixture, but syrup, powdered sugar, fruit, and whipped cream all taste wonderful on top of this light, fluffy pancake recipe.

ARE GERMAN PANCAKES REALLY GERMAN?

Like most recipes with interesting (and varied) names, this one’s origins do correlate with its moniker. These Dutch baby pancakes as they are called about as often as a German Pancake, is actually just a large, sweet popover that is typically served for breakfast.

For some reason we may never know, history traces the origins of the German Pancake to a restaurant in Seattle in the early 1900s. While the recipe is taken from the original German Pancake recipe, for some reason that got lost in translation (or was translated incorrectly) and somehow they settled on the name “Dutch.”

No matter what you choose to call this dish (I’m still partial to “patty cakes”), I’m sure you and your family will all call them delicious!

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German Pancakes Recipe

German Pancakes are a lighter and fluffier version of their American counterpart. Mix the batter in a blender for easy prep and cleanup!

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Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes minutes

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Total Time: 30 minutes minutes

Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter - cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • syrup and powdered sugar, or fruit, for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place butter in a 9×13 inch pan and place in oven to melt while the oven is preheating.

  • In a blender, combine milk, flour, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Pulse until smooth.

  • Once butter is melted, pour batter directly into the center of the pan on top of the butter.

  • Carefully transfer pan back to the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes until puffy and edges are golden brown.

  • Cut into sections and top with syrup and powdered sugar (or other toppings like fruit, whipped cream, or cinnamon-sugar) and serve.

Notes

Put a twist on this by serving your pancakes topped with fresh peaches and whipped cream!

Nutrition

Calories: 274 kcal, Carbohydrates: 20 g, Protein: 9 g, Fat: 17 g, Saturated Fat: 5 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 168 mg, Sodium: 309 mg, Potassium: 144 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 4 g, Vitamin A: 804 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 78 mg, Iron: 2 mg

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: German

Author: Tiffany

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German Pancakes Recipe (2024)

FAQs

What is a German pancake made of? ›

What are German Pancakes? German pancakes, often called Dutch Baby pancakes are baked pancakes made from eggs, milk, flour and vanilla. The pancakes are baked in a metal or cast iron pan, puff up in the oven and then fall as they cool.

Why are my German pancakes not fluffy? ›

Why Didn't My Dutch Baby Puff Up? Like popovers and Yorkshire pudding, the thing that gives Dutch babies their signature puff is steam. In order for that steam to work the pancake into its signature peaks and valleys, you need two things: enough air in a well-developed batter and a piping-hot pan and oven.

What's the difference between German and American pancakes? ›

How are German Pancakes different than American Pancakes? German pancakes use a whole lot more eggs and no added leavening agent. German Pancakes are also baked in the oven to a golden perfection.

Why is it called a Dutch baby? ›

While these pancakes are derived from the German pancake dish, it is said that the name Dutch baby was coined by one of Victor Manca's daughters, where "Dutch" perhaps was her corruption of the German autonym deutsch. Manca's Cafe claimed that it owned the trademark for Dutch babies in 1942.

Do they eat German pancakes in Germany? ›

In Germany, Pfannkuchen are often served as a meal for breakfast or lunch and sometimes even dinner.

Does baking soda make pancakes fluffier? ›

Baking soda is essential for baked goods, but baking powder is really what makes pancakes and biscuits rise and become so super fluffy. Double-acting baking powder, which is the kind that you'll find in the grocery store, produces bubbles in two ways: when it is mixed with wet ingredients and then when it gets heated.

Why does a Dutch baby puff up? ›

The magic that makes that Dutch baby pancake rise to its signature heights is simple: Steam! The combination of air that's whipped into the eggs when you mix the batter and the super hot cast-iron skillet (and oven) create the conditions needed for the lift we love.

How do you make pancakes more fluffy? ›

Milk helps make pancakes fluffier than water. Since milk is thicker than water, it creates a thicker batter. Further, if you use whole milk or low fat milk, the fat content helps yield tender, fluffy results.

Why are they called dollar pancakes? ›

These bite-sized pancakes are similar to the small Scottish pancakes, sometimes known as drop scones, since the batter is dropped directly into the skillet. In the U.S., we refer to them as "silver dollar" pancakes, as they are roughly the size of the old-school coin.

What is another name for German pancakes? ›

The Original German Pancake has morphed into often being called a 'Dutch Baby. ' This delicious thin pancake is neither Dutch or a baby but it is SO good! This post with a recipe for a German Pancake was originally published several years ago and I was inspired to bring it out of the archives for two reasons.

What country has the best pancakes? ›

Top 85 Pancakes in the World
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  • Okonomiyaki. Kansai Region. Japan. shutterstock. ...
  • Dosa. Tamil Nadu. India. shutterstock. ...
  • Pancake. Poffertjes. NETHERLANDS. knives_out_kitchen.
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What country did pancakes originate from? ›

600 BC - The first recorded mention of pancakes dates back to ancient Greece and comes from a poet who described warm pancakes in one of his writings. 1100 AD – Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) becomes a traditional way to use up dairy products before lent – the pancake breakfast is born.

Do you have to use a cast iron skillet for a Dutch baby? ›

The pan doesn't have to be cast iron; you can use any oven-safe pan or baking dish of a similar size. I've even done them in a pie dish!

Is a Dutch baby like a Yorkshire pudding? ›

Dutch babies, popovers, German pancakes, Yorkshire pudding are all the same thing just different names. Technically these are all baked puddings and delicious.

Why are they called German pancakes? ›

German pancakes and Dutch babies are essentially the same thing, but the dish is said to have originated in Germany, not the Netherlands. The term “Dutch baby” was coined by an American restaurateur whose use of “Dutch” was a corruption of the word “Deutsch” (“German” in German).

Is a German pancake the same as a Yorkshire pudding? ›

Dutch babies, popovers, German pancakes, Yorkshire pudding are all the same thing just different names. Technically these are all baked puddings and delicious. Try serving them with my delicious strawberry syrup.

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