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 this classic breakfast dish with powdered sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, or even homemade buttermilk syrup for a delicious breakfast (or dinner)!
BEST German Pancake Recipe
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.
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
As I mentioned before, this puff pancake recipe requires just 5 simple ingredients:
PREP. Preheat the oven to 450° very first thing. Put your butter in the 9×13 baking dish, and place in the warmed oven to let it melt.
BATTER. While the oven is warming up, whip eggs together in a medium bow. Whisk in flour until clumps are gone. Add milk and salt and whisk until combined..
*Pro Tip: You can also put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth!
Once the butter is melted, remove pan from the oven, and pour the mixed batter on top of the melted butter.
BAKE. Bake for 15-20 minutes. The sides should be golden brown. Note that they 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!
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.
Seriously, these are the best!!! I think we’ll make them this week for Breakfast night. 😉
What to serve with German Pancakes?
So many great ideas, and you can find our favorites below but for all ideas, check out our Breakfast Recipes.
For more pancake recipes, check out:
German Pancake Recipe
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 6 large eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- Melt butter in a 9-x-13-inch baking dish in the warm oven.
- In a medium bowl, whisk eggs together. Whisk in flour until clumps are gone.
- Add milk and salt and whisk until combined (this can also be mixed in the blender to avoid clumps).
- Pour batter into the pan of melted butter. Bake for 16–20 minutes. The sides will be overflowing and fluffy but will come down a bit once the pan is removed from the oven.
- Serve immediately with your toppings of choice.
Very simple and delicious!
Thank you! Happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe!
I love this recipe. It has become a “most requested” meal in my family. We love it so much we want to make it for our family at our cabin. Do you know what the adjustments would be for higher elevation baking? Thank you for sharing your recipes with us!
My kids love German Pancakes! These were wonderful!
Forgot to rate it!
These are my families favorite! I make them every Sunday. It’s so easy to throw together. We top them with peanut butter and syrup!
We make these every weekend! In summer we add fresh peaches and whipped cream and in fall we add cinnamon apples and whipped cream. They are so yummy!
This is our new, go to favorite for Sunday mornings! My kids love that they can make it on their own, and it turns out perfect everytine!
I’ve been making these since I was a teen – one of the first things I learned to cook on my own – and it is now a favorite dinner in busy nights when no one really wants to cook. If I have more time or we are wanting a special breakfast, I’ll make a spiced peach topping from a jar of peaches cooked in a saucepan, with some sun Amin and a cornstarch slurry to thicken. My son-in-law makes a spiced apple topping for them. So yummy – and now I’m hungry!!
Ooh that all sounds so delicious! What yummy toppings. Thanks for sharing. We love these for fast and easy dinners too. Can’t go wrong with some German Pancakes! 🙂
My husband loves making these German Pancakes. We make them for a special occasion when our children and grandchildren come home to visit❤️ They love them🤗
I love German pancakes.
Great recipe, i would veganize for my own dietary restrictions, but seems delicious,
I hope you like the recipe! Let me know what changes you make to veganize it. I would love to hear!
We make this recipe all the time. At least twice a month on the weekends. So simple to make and so yummy!
Always wanted to try a German Pancake/Dutch Baby and while this was so easy to make, we felt it definitely needs some type of topping. I’m excited to try it again for my family and add spiced apples or a peach compote on top. However the two year old ate two helpings, so who’s complaining in the end!
I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe overall. You can certainly add toppings to switch up flavors. Especially with different fruit that is in season. Yum!
I’ve had these pancakes for over 73 years,my Dad and his Mom always made these every Sunday and Christmas Morning. They never backed them in the oven always in a cast iron skillet on top of the stove, using a large spoon put batter in skillet cook until top is dry then flip over cook until lightly browned. Makes a plate size pancakes the sides are still puffy. There thinner then backed one more like a crepe we serve with a virety of syrup, honey and jam and jelly.
They sound delicious and that’s a fun way to cook them…. yes that sounds similar to how you’d make crepes. Thanks for sharing!
This is an amazing recipe and so simple!
I am not a cook. I never have liked to spend time in the kitchen, but some of these recipes are so easy and so good that I find that I can cook and clean up in no time. My husband is not a picky eater, thank goodness and likes most everything. Thank you for these emails.
You’re so welcome!! I’m so glad that we can provide recipes for any and all types of cooks! 🙂
Hi, I am wondering if I can use a food processor instead of a blender?
Thanks! We do not have a food processor.
Can I use a 9×13 pan for like what you use to make brownies in? A metal one?
You know, I’d say if you don’t have a blender, just use a whisk and whisk by hand. You could try in a food processor but I’m not sure it’d blend everything very smooth. And yes, a 9×13 pan is perfect for this recipe!
Can gluten free flour be used for this recipe???
You could definitely try swapping it! I haven’t tried, so you’ll have to let us know how it turns out if you do.
Easy and taste great. You could also add a splash of vanilla to take it to another level.
Yes, you definitely could!
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