German Pancakes


A great thing happened today, I made a German Pancake for the very first time! I can’t believe with everything I’ve baked in my life that I’ve never made a German Pancake until now. I think I was just so in love with my traditional buttermilk pancakes that it was hard for me to want to step out of that comfort zone and try something different. I’m so glad I finally did! ¬†German Pancakes are incredibly simple and they taste amazing to say the least. If you’ve never had one before, I’d say the best comparison would be french toast meets pancakes meets crepes. So really how could they not be good? I make breakfast a LOT in my home (probably more often for dinner than an actual breakfast meal) so I’m incredibly excited to have come across such a simple and delicious breakfast recipe. I can’t wait to make my own versions and try so many different toppings. Endless¬†possibilities.


German Pancakes

Yield: 2 servings


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp butter , chilled*


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs until well blended. Add in flour, sugar and salt and whisk until smooth. Add in milk and vanilla and whisk until combine. Place butter in a large cast-iron skillet and place skillet in oven and allow butter to melt completely. Working quickly, remove pan from oven and slightly tilt pan to evenly distribute butter across the bottom of the pan (not edges). Pour batter into hot skillet and return to oven. Bake 15 minutes until puffed and golden. Remove from oven and cut into 4 - 6 pieces (I just used a pizza cutter) and serve warm with Vanilla Cream Syrup, maple syrup, honey, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, jam, fresh fruit, or fruit syrup (this blueberry syrup is excellent).
  2. Recipe Source: adapted from Real Simple

Recipe Notes

*I put chilled because I think an important part of making a German Pancake is pouring the batter right into a hot skillet and if your butter is chilled it should take it about 5 minutes to melt in the skillet in the oven allowing the skillet 5 minutes to become hot.


  • monsterscircus: Nice pancakes, yes they are great and that’s also how we make Them in Denmark. Happy weekend to you. June 8, 2012 at 10:35pm Reply

  • Katie: I requested a German pancake for my 11th birthday and I managed to drop the entire thing on the floor! My mom was nice enough to make me another, bless her heart! hahaha. June 10, 2012 at 8:11am Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: I absolutely love german pancakes! Isn’t it amazing? I think it’s so much more easier to make than traditional ones. June 10, 2012 at 8:47am Reply

  • cravingsgoneclean: I made a variation of this this morning, and it was great! Thanks for sharing…it’s so much less labour intensive than regular pancakes! Now I’m tempted to try all my other pancake recipes in the cast iron in the oven! June 15, 2012 at 6:48am Reply

  • dclare designs: My family has always just topped with butter, lemon wedge and powdered sugar! So delishious! July 5, 2012 at 10:14am Reply

  • Knitastic: Made these this morning and I see this becoming a new favorite in my home. Even my picky husband loved them. July 7, 2012 at 5:32pm Reply

  • Nerdette: Well, here in Germany we usually do not use vanilla extract. If anything we use vanilla sugar and even that is not very common in our standard pancake recipe. Nonetheless, vanilla in either shape or form is always tasty.
    Oh, and another little piece of advice: You can lighten these up a little by substituting sparkling mineral water for some of the milk. You end up with fewer calories without compromising in terms of “fluffyness” so long as you stick to the sparkling kind. ;) February 16, 2013 at 4:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That is great to know! Thanks for the tip and your comment! February 19, 2013 at 9:46am Reply

  • Liz: Hello, do you the middle rack in the oven or one the lower ones? Thanks love your website July 13, 2013 at 5:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Liz! I bake this in the center rack. July 17, 2013 at 9:57pm Reply

  • Anna: Haha I had to laugh there for a minute. Those are the exact pancakes my granny used to make for me before she passed away several years ago. Needless to say, my granny was German and so am I.

    She used apples in the dough and sprinkled sugar on top. I really loved it. January 22, 2014 at 10:22am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry to hear about your Grandma Anna! I’m glad these remind you of her though :). I need to try the apple version! January 22, 2014 at 11:49am Reply

  • Tia: I made these for myself and friends and it was amazing. I used almond milk instead of regular milk and had no issues with flavor or texture. I also put blackberries into the batter before baking for something extra. It was a huge hit! December 29, 2014 at 12:00pm Reply

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