Tuesday, August 4, 2009

German Oven Baked Apple Pancake

Are you ready to learn how to make a German pancake? This is the pancake that takes up to 45 minutes to appear at your table in a pancake house. There was one on the menu last weekend that claimed it fed 2-3 people and it was $13.99. I can assure you that our version will not cost that much.

The full recipe follows this photo tutorial.

First peel, core and slice the apples.

I've used three Gala variety. Only two are shown but it didn't seem like enough so I peeled an additional apple. This is somewhat a "seat of your pants" recipe because you can play around with the number of apples and the amount of cinnamon, butter and sugar.

This cutting board has seen plenty of use over the past 20 years.

Melt your butter in a heavy iron skillet. This heats up perfectly to make a nice caramelized bottom.

Add the apples and fry for about 5 minutes to soften.

While the apples are frying, mix together 3 eggs, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup milk. Beat until well blended.

Add cinnamon and sugar to the apples and stir well to combine.

Pour the batter over the apple, cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Slide the pan onto the center rack of a very hot oven - 500 degrees F. This is how it looks before you put it in the oven. It will puff up as it bakes.

Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and dot the top of the pancake with a few thin pats of butter and sprinkle with some additional cinnamon and sugar.

Return pancake to the oven and bake for another 3 minutes or until the top is brown.

Remove from oven and serve while hot. The pancake will "deflate" a bit as it cools. Don't worry, it still tastes delicious.

That's how it's done.

My friend gave me this recipe over 25 years ago and I've made it many, many times. It's a favorite in our house and I hope you'll love it too.

Here's the recipe:


2-3 apples
3-4 TBSP. butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
3-4 TBSP. sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
Additional butter and cinnamon and sugar.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Peel, core and slice apples. Melt 3-4 TBSP. butter in a heavy iron fry pan. (The number of apples and amount of butter is dependent on the size of the apples.) Put sliced apples in the pan and fry for about 5 minutes to soften. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, stir to mix. While apples are frying mix eggs, milk and flour until well blended. Pour batter over fried apples. Place on center rack in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and dot with thin pats of butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar to taste. Return to the oven for another 3 minutes or until the pancake is brown on top.

Remove from oven. Serve hot.

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Thanks for visiting with me today. I appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to read "At Home...".


Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Will be making this for my boy soon! Thanks. Looks delish. C

Ang. said...

I think I may just try this recipe this morning. Sounds (and looks) yummy!

Becky K. said...

My husband will love this. I see a tasty Saturday morning coming up soon!

Becky K.

chocolatechic said...


Looks almost like dessert.

Kitty said...

This looks like an apple pancake I've made before that you flip over onto a plate when done. And it seemed to have a lot more steps, beaten egg whites, etc. Your recipe looks like a much simpler version and just as yummy! I'm going to try it soon.
Thanks for the recipe!

Lisa said...


dina said...

Beautiful - and easy! I'm so surprised it's basically just a big popover! I had no idea! (See, this is the kind of good cooking they DIDN'T teach me in baking school!!!)

Thank you!

Steph said...

Oh that sounds good. I hate that working my chickens every morning interferes with my ability to cook breakfast! I may have to get up extra early, or cook this for supper one night! haha

Anonymous said...

Jeez, Suzanne... are you trying to drown me in my on drool? Looks fantastic!

The Blue Ridge Gal

Mary said...

mmm those look good. I have never made the aapple version. I do make the plain one and serve with lemon wedges and powdered sugar.

thanks for the recipe.

Jody Blue said...

thanks for sharing!!! Will try this Sat. for my German father in law.

BellaDella said...

Oh my gosh that looks so good. I am going to make that for the Fella soon.

Leslie T. said...

Oh my goodness, you've got my stomach growling.... and I just finished lunch! This looks delicious!!!

Karen Deborah said...

with ice cream, just divine.

J'Ollie Primitives said...

Looks like an instant favorite here.
....we won't discuss the smoke alarms going off when the oven is set anywhere over 425 degrees....it'll be worth it.

Anonymous said...

Ohhhhh that looks delicious!!! I will be making this as soon as I pick apple in a few weeks.

Thank you!!

BTW- my daughter loves the apron I bought from you. THANK YOU for sending the note with it.

Susan Z
Acworth, GA

Mary Rex said...

Thanks so much for the recipe, Suzanne. You make it look so easy!

StefRobrts said...

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I made it for breakfast this morning, and it was fast, easy, and delicious!

javieth said...

when i bought my house throught costa rica homes for sale i wanted a great kitchen with a big space to put a big oven. Now i can baking every kind of cakes in there.