German Pancakes: A Fluffy Morning Delight

Oct 21, 2023 | Baking & Bread

German Pancakes: A Fluffy Morning Delight

Featured Image


As a food critic, I have tried countless dishes from various cuisines all around the world. Each dish tells its own story, connecting me to different cultures and traditions. However, there is one particular dish that holds a special place in my heart, and that is German Pancakes.

The Origin of German Pancakes:

The origin of German Pancakes is quite fascinating. Legend has it that during the 15th century, a group of German settlers in America brought their traditional pancake recipe with them. Over time, this recipe evolved, incorporating local ingredients and techniques. Today, German Pancakes are a beloved breakfast staple across the United States.

A Personal Connection:

The first time I tasted German Pancakes was during a trip to a quaint little town in Wisconsin. I woke up early one morning, eager to explore the local culture through its cuisine. As I stepped into a rustic breakfast spot, the aroma of freshly cooked pancakes filled the air. I ordered a plate of German Pancakes, not knowing what to expect.

The moment the plate was placed in front of me, I was mesmerized. These pancakes were unlike any I had ever seen before. They were fluffy and delicate, resembling a cross between a pancake and a soufflé. The golden-brown edges were crispy, while the center was light and airy. The combination of flavors and textures was simply divine.

From that moment on, German Pancakes became synonymous with warmth, comfort, and a beautiful sense of nostalgia. I knew I had to recreate this magical dish and share the recipe with others who would appreciate its gastronomic delights.


To create your own batch of mouthwatering German Pancakes, you will need the following ingredients:

– 4 large eggs
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 cup milk
– 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
– Powdered sugar (for dusting)
– Fresh berries or maple syrup (for topping, optional)


Step 1: Preheat and Prepare

Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet or oven-safe frying pan in the oven while it preheats. This will ensure a perfectly crisp and golden bottom for your German Pancakes.

Step 2: Whisk the Batter

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, flour, milk, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and salt until a smooth batter forms. Make sure there are no lumps remaining. Feel free to use a hand whisk or an electric mixer for this step.

Step 3: Melt the Butter

Once the oven has reached the desired temperature, carefully remove the hot skillet. Add the butter to the skillet and swirl it around until it melts and coats the bottom evenly. Be cautious as the skillet will be extremely hot.

Step 4: Pour and Bake

Pour the batter into the hot skillet, spreading it out evenly. Return the skillet to the oven, and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the German Pancake has puffed up and turned a beautiful golden color. Avoid opening the oven door during baking, as this can cause the pancake to deflate.

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy!

Once baked, remove the skillet from the oven with oven mitts, as the handle will also be hot. Carefully transfer the German Pancake onto a cutting board or serving platter. It will deflate slightly as it cools.

To serve, dust the pancake generously with powdered sugar. Cut it into wedges and garnish with fresh berries or drizzle with maple syrup, if desired. Each bite promises a delightful contrast between the crispy edges and the pillowy soft center.

Variations and Tips:

– For a unique twist, add a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dash of nutmeg to the batter to infuse it with warm, comforting flavors.
– For a savory option, incorporate cooked bacon bits, caramelized onions, or grated cheese into the batter before baking.
– Experiment with different toppings such as lemon zest, sliced almonds, or a dollop of whipped cream for added indulgence.
– Make sure your skillet or frying pan is oven-safe before attempting this recipe. Alternatively, you can use a round cake pan or a baking dish as a substitute.


German Pancakes are the embodiment of a cozy breakfast, a sweet and nostalgic treat that brings comfort to the soul. The simplicity of the ingredients and the ease of preparation make it the perfect dish for lazy weekend mornings or special occasions. Share the joy with your loved ones, and allow German Pancakes to infuse your mornings with a touch of magic.

Whether you are a breakfast enthusiast, a fan of German cuisine, or simply seeking an exceptional pancake experience, I urge you to give this recipe a try. Indulge in the delicate flavors and savor each bite. German Pancakes have the power to transport you to a time where life was simpler, where breakfast was a celebration, and where every morning felt like a fresh start.

So, whip up a batch of German Pancakes, and let the warmth of these fluffy delights fill your heart and your home. Happy cooking!

Featured Image Credit:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 German Pancake

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 239
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
  Saturated Fat 6g 30%
  Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
  Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
  Sugars 7g  
Protein 9g  
Vitamin A 16% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 7% Iron 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

  Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
  Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
  Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
Baking & Bread > German Pancakes: A Fluffy Morning Delight

Share Your Results! 


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Was this article helpful?

Find more recipes on Baking & Bread

Join a community of over 6 People

Find Your Favorite Recipes