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German Pancakes

Overhead view of German pancakes in casserole dish topped with fresh raspberries and powdered sugar

German Pancakes are extremely light, fluffy, extra puffy and make for a sweet breakfast! Some call them Dutch Babies or Hootenanny, but we call them absolutely delicious. They take only 10 minutes to prep and are baked to golden perfection in a hot, buttered dish. Top with any fruit of your liking or straight syrup!

Overhead view of German pancakes in casserole dish topped with fresh raspberries and powdered sugar

Only Simple Pantry Ingredients Required

Look no further than your pantry and fridge for what you need to make these delightfully fluffy pancakes. That’s right… No fussy or complicated ingredients here! Just simple, no-fuss ingredients that you already have on hand.

How to Make German Pancakes

Making German Pancakes is probably one of the easiest things you’ll ever do in life. Grab your ingredients, blend, pour, bake, enjoy. That’s it!

Heat the Pan

The very first thing you want to do is preheat your oven and stick your pan IN the oven so it gets nice and hot too. That’s right, you’re preheating BOTH at the same time. Having a hot pan to pour your batter into ensures the utmost puffy pancake perfection!

Make the Batter

Bust out a bowl or blender, mix together all ingredients except for the melted butter. There may be some small lumps in the batter, but that’s fine. Set the batter aside until oven (and dish!) is preheated.

Bake

Remove the hot pan from the oven and swirl the 2 tablespoons of melted butter around the pan. Pour in the prepared batter and return the dish to the oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and puffy. Once you remove the baked German Pancakes from the oven, they’ll deflate a little, but that’s totally normal!

Favorite Toppings for German Pancakes

There are so many ways to top German Pancakes, but here are a few of our favorites:

  • Fresh raspberries and powdered sugar
  • Sliced strawberries and whipped cream
  • Nutella
  • Maple syrup
  • Lemon curd and blueberries
  • Brown sugar and cinnamon apples

Can I Make This Ahead?

German Pancakes are at their absolute best when served hot and fresh from the oven! So while we don’t recommend baking the pancakes ahead of time, you most certainly CAN make the batter up to 24 hours in advance! To do this, make the batter and then store in the fridge. When you’re ready to bake, pull the batter out and whisk briefly again and then pour in the hot pan.

Overhead view of German pancakes in casserole dish topped with fresh raspberries and powdered sugar

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Overhead view of German pancakes in casserole dish topped with fresh raspberries and powdered sugar

German Pancakes (Dutch Baby)

German Pancakes are extremely light, fluffy, extra puffy and make for a sweet breakfast! Some call them Dutch Babies or Hootenanny, but we call them absolutely delicious.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 143 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add 9×9 glass baking dish, 9 inch cast iron skillet or smaller rectangular baking dish to the hot oven to preheat.
  • In a blender or large bowl, stir together milk, eggs, vanilla, sugar, salt and flour until smooth. Melt butter in hot cast iron skillet and brush to cover bottom and sides, working quickly.
  • Pour in batter to hot pan and bake 20 minutes or until puffed and golden. Serve immediately with any desired toppings: powdered sugar, raspberries, syrup, etc..

Notes

Doubling the Recipe: While one batch of these German Pancakes will feed about four comfortably, it can easily be doubled. The only thing you need to do is adjust your baking pan accordingly. The easiest way to do that is use a 9×13 pan, glass preferred. The metal pans can give you much darker edges in a shorter cooking time which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but something you need to be aware of.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 87mgPotassium: 82mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 327IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg
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