German Pancake


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
Garnish: confectioners' sugar, maple syrup, or apple butter


Preheat oven to 450º. In a medium bowl, sift together flour and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and milk in a bowl until just combined. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, then stir until just blended.

In a heavy 12-inch skillet, melt butter until hot and frothy. Pour batter into skillet and transfer quickly to oven. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown and puffed. Do not open oven during baking. Serve immediately, topped with confectioners’ sugar, maple syrup, or apple butter.


4 to 6 servings

Preparation Time

35 Minutes

Total Time

45 Minutes

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We have always made this with

We have always made this with 6 eggs (instead of the 4 listed) mixed in a blender, then stir in a cup of chopped apples (or any fruit) into the batter. Folks top their individual servings with a tablespoon of jam or jelly of their choice and a sprinkle of powder sugar. It's a terrific recipe that taste good hot or cold!

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My family liked this pancake. My husband liked it the most and it was very easy to make. – Reviewed by Diane Cenci
Kids & grandkids came for the weekend so we tried it. So simple, tastes like French toast, sides were approximately 3-4" high. Would make again. – Anonymous Review
Served this with a fried apple sauce and German sausages for brunch. Very easy and very tasty. We live at an altitude of 8,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains and did not need to make altitude adjustments. – Reviewed by KEVIN SIGLINGER
A real taste treat for a Sunday morning breakfast, when I am the chef. I had not had anything as good since I was a child growing up in PA. Served with scrapple, it will satisfy the most discriminating palate. We shall be having this for breakfast tomorrow morning. – Reviewed by Robert W. Jaross
I have been making this recipe for 10 years and my family can't get enough of it. It is quick and easy enough for the kids and even my husband to make. – Reviewed by Heather Page
I made this recipe tonight.. both my husband and I loved it ! Will be making it often. I sprinkled it with powdered sugar. Baked great! Next time I am going to add sliced apples over the top before baking . Wonderful taste ! – Anonymous Review
This tasted better than the one I order at a restaurant that is famous for making them! – Anonymous Review