Saturday, December 12, 2015

Favorite Family Recipes ~ German Pancakes

German Pancakes have become a Christmas morning breakfast tradition in our family. I don't even remember exactly when or from where I got the recipe. It's included with a bunch of recipes on a two-sided photocopy paper.

What I do know is that these pancakes are delicious. It's fun to watch the German Pancakes puff up while they bake in the oven. They deflate pretty fast once they're removed from the oven though. But that's okay. They're still really yummy. We serve them with sifted powdered sugar and maple syrup.

Here's the recipe. I hope you enjoy these German Pancakes as much as we do.

German Pancakes


5 Tbsp. butter
6 eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp. salt


Melt the butter in a 9 x 13 inch pan. Whip remaining ingredients together (don't puree) and pour into melted butter in pan. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes. It puffs up around the edges and can be topped with syrup, peaches, pears, etc.

Serves 4 adults.

Thanks for reading!

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  1. I recently found a recipe of my grandmother's for a traditional Swedish pancake (she was 1st generation Swedish-American) which is also baked. I'll have to compare the recipes but yours look like what I've read hers are supposed to look like. We're going to try her recipe on New Years Day. Merry Christmas!

    1. How fun Anna! I have Swedish ancestry. It would be interesting to compare your recipe with this one.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  2. In Canada (and the UK) we make pretty much the same recipe and call it Yorkshire Pudding. Not many of my American friends know what Yorkshire Pudding is. I have never had it sweet, always savory. We use drippings from a roast instead of butter, which we put in the pan and put the pan in a hot oven (450) until it smokes, then quickly add the batter. The other difference is that we measure the eggs, then use the same amount of flour and milk (a trick I recently learned). We sometimes make it in one pan, and other times in muffin tins which is when I make lots and the next day have "stuffed yorkies", which is thinly sliced roast and gravy stuffed into a yorkie muffin.
    I usually make them with every roast, just half the recipe when its just my XY and me.
    Another thing we do is put cooked sausages in the pan then pour the batter over and voila! "Toad in the Hole". A great supper served with steamed veggies.
    I will have to take a walk on the sweet side!! Thanks Jana!

    1. How interesting Dianne! I didn't realize this recipe is so close to a Yorkshire Pudding recipe. Perhaps I'll need to try and make Yorkshire Pudding sometime. The first time (and probably only time) I was served Yorkshire Pudding, I was a teenager. I didn't realize it was supposed to be eaten with the dinner. Haha! :)

  3. We make the very same recipe and have for years. I'll have to ask my mother where she got it...

    1. How fun! I may have been given the recipe at a church function, like a Relief Society activity or something.

  4. Those pancakes look delicious. I will pass the recipe on to my son in law who loves to cook breakfast food & who loves German things. Merry Christmas!

    1. They really are yummy Colleen! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

  5. Can't recall our exact recipe off the top of my head but ours uses whipping cream instead of milk. And it is done in a cast iron frying pan.

    We do either a squeeze of lemon juice and powdered sugar. OR bake sliced apples with a cinnamon/sugar mixture first in the pan and then add/cook the pancake batter on top. It still puffs up perfectly. The apple version is served flipped onto a large dinner plate or platter with a dash of powdered sugar.


    1. Oooh! Yummy! Thanks for sharing your variations on the recipe!

  6. I made your German pancake this morning. My granddaughter enjoyed watching it grow. She's such a picky eater, but we managed to get her to eat! Question, how much does the center grow? My sides grew really high, but not center so much. It was really good, next time I'll have fruit ready for it

    1. I'm so glad you tried the German Pancakes recipe Jeanne! And that's awesome that your granddaughter liked them!

      To answer your question, yes, the center does puff up while it bakes, but it flattens out quite a bit once it's out of the oven.

      Glad you enjoyed them!




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