German Pancakes

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These light, fluffy, eggy German Pancakes have become a family favorite breakfast recipe! They’re EASY to make, requiring only 5 simple ingredients that are kitchen staples. Serve with powdered sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, or even homemade buttermilk syrup for a delicious breakfast (or dinner)!

It’s a classic breakfast dish in our home, and this easy and tasty German Pancake recipe is as popular as our buttermilk pancakes and blueberry pancakes. We love that these are quick and loved by the whole family.

German Pancake in a baking dish

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Have I told you guys how much I LOVE breakfast recipes? We love breakfast so much that we have it for DINNER one night a week. Do you do the same thing?

We especially love pancakes (like our Buttermilk Pancakes and Blueberry Pancakes), but another favorite that has been made in our family since we were little are German Pancakes. My parents have been making these for as long as I can remember, and they were always a favorite. Now that I’m older, we make them for our own family and I’m reminded just how yummy and simple they are.

This is one of those recipes that you don’t really need to plan ahead for, because you almost always have the ingredients on hand. My kids love watching it bake, because when you put it in the oven, it gets all puffy and the sides start curling up the pan!

The finished product is like eggs and pancakes in one, and if you’ve had them before you know just how yummy they are. We usually have regular syrup with them, but I’m thinking I need to make Buttermilk Syrup next time because really… You can’t beat homemade buttermilk syrup.

Are these the same as dutch baby pancakes?

They are very similar but also differ in that Dutch Baby Pancakes have a little more butter, and are typically made in a pan or skillet with rounded edges.

German Pancakes are typically made in a baking pan or casserole dish. Also, if fruit is involved, most people put the fruit on top of their Dutch Babies while baking it IN their German pancakes.

How to Make German Pancakes process pictures

How to make German Pancakes:

As I mentioned before, this puff pancake recipe requires just 5 simple ingredients:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Butter

Preheat the oven to 450° very first thing. While the oven is warming up, whip the eggs together in a bowl and then add the milk, flour, and salt. Put your butter in the 9×13 pan, and place in the warmed oven.

Once it is melted, remove from the oven, and pour the mixed batter on top of the melted butter. Bake for 15-20 minutes. The sides will be overflowing and fluffy but will calm down once you take it out of the oven. Serve immediately with syrup, cinnamon or whatever sounds great to you!

Puff Pancake Recipe in a glass baking dish

Want to create the fluffiest german pancake possible?

 German puff pancakes will rise considerably then fall when cooled. These two tricks will help keep them as puffy as possible:

  • For some reason baking in a metal pan vs a glass pan helps.
  • Use the freshest eggs possible. Add one egg at a time and beat for 30 seconds after each egg.

How do I store leftover german pancakes? Here are instructions for the both the fridge and freezer…

  • Fridge: Cover and store in the fridge for 2-3 days. Reheat in the oven or a toaster oven. If you’re in a hurry the microwave will also work.
  • Freezer:  Cut into serving size pieces. Wrap each piece with plastic wrap and place in a freezer safe airtight container. Freeze for 1-2 months. To reheat:  place the desired amount of pancakes on a baking sheet and cover loosely with a piece of foil. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. bake for about 10-15 or until warm.

German Puff Pancake on a white plate

Seriously, these are the best!!! I think we’ll make them this week for Breakfast night. 😉

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German Pancake Recipe

4.91 from 41 votes

German Pancakes - a breakfast family favorite recipe we love to make! They're EASY and light and fluffy too!!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 186 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp butter


  1. Preheat oven to 450. In a medium bowl, whip eggs together. Add milk, flour and salt.

  2. In warmed oven, heat your butter in a 9x13 pan. Pour batter into pan of melted butter. Bake for 15-20 minutes. The sides will be overflowing and fluffy but will calm down once removed from oven. Serve immediately with syrup, cinnamon or whatever sounds great to you!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. My husband just requested these for dinner last week so I found a random recipe online…and they were a flop. They were so heavy and they didn’t puff at all and they just fell into a big fat blob. So I am so excited to have a recipe from a trusted source to make for him again. Thanks!

  2. mmmm… SO YUMMY! The recipe I have calls for exactly half of the one above, and is baked in a pie plate, just in case you’re only feeding a couple of people. I like mine with butter & salt. And now I wish I had some right now!!

  3. We love eating breakfast for dinner especially pancakes 🙂 These pancakes look amazing!! Definitely going to make these. Thanks so much for the recipe 🙂

  4. I love German pancakes. We fry ours like a regular pancake and lay thinly sliced apples on top then turn them…apples and all. Just butter & powdered sugar. YUM!

  5. Thank you for posting German pancakes. My mother use to mak them for me when I was a little girl. I never did get the recipe, now I have it. Thank you so very much.

  6. 5 stars
    These german pancakes are so easy & light. My whole family really enjoyed them. I always have those ingredients on hand, so I will be making these often!

  7. 5 stars
    We like to have breakfast for dinner. This is usually what I make. Mix it up in the blender and put it in the oven. Sometimes I’ll make a side with it depending on how maNy people I’m feeding. Great dish to go for!

  8. I love German Pancakes. In market it is too costly and I tried it at home but it totally messed up and bad taste. But your recipe awesome I’ve tried this at home on last Sunday and it was awesome in a taste. Thank you so much for this recipe. Thanks a lot.

  9. 5 stars
    Kristyn, I think you should change something — you have this recipe listed as an American recipe, however, my very German grandfather would object to that vigorously, were he still alive to do so,…so I’ll do it for him! 🙂 This lovely bread is delicious served with jam or honey.

    This is exactly the same as the recipe I’ve been using for over 40 years, and it is perfect! There is one difference, however, and that is the name. My identical recipe that has been passed down through my family for generations is called Dutch Babies. (Not your “American” recipe called “German Pancakes”)

  10. 5 stars
    One of our favorite breakfast dishes. So easY and Are liked just as much as pancakes if not More. I like the fact that they just go intO the oven.

  11. 5 stars
    I Like serving breakfast for dinner a couple times a mOnth. Ive been using the recipes on your site to mix things up from the normal waffles and eggs. My family loved these german pancakes. Keep sharing ideas!

  12. Hi Lil Luna, Since I am of German descent , I Love all German recipes. I adore the GERMAN pancakes, but I’ve been making them in a HOT buttered cast iron pan with a touch of honey in the batter. Next time i make them I’ll try you recipe. Thank you for sharing. Lil

  13. 4 stars
    I got the simple ways to get the amazing tips and trick to bake pan cakes. I extremly share these ways to bake pan cakes at home. By the way, my husband is coming, I am going to make these pancakes for him. I love your blog, and also subscribe this one.

  14. 5 stars
    Perfect! This was my first attempt at making German pancakes and the results were better than I could have hoped for. I split the recipe in half to feed 2 people, and baked it in a cast iron skillet. I added a bit of cinnamon and ½ a tsp of vanilla extract to the batter, and server it with real maple syrup. Even without syrup it was so flavorful. I also followed your recommendation of whipping together the eggs one at a time. I have a convection oven and the pancake was puffed up and nicely browned and cooked through after 15 minutes (the low end of the recommended bake time).

    Thank you so much. This is now my go-to recipe for future German pancakes.

  15. 5 stars

  16. 5 stars
    Looks sooooo gooD! Going to make them for my mom for mother’s day. Do you use salted Or unsalTed butter?