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German Apple Pancake

If you're looking for a pretty dish to make when having guests for brunch, try this. Everyone I've served it to has enjoyed it—except for one time, that is, when my husband tried to make it following my recipe, which I'd written down incorrectly! If you don't leave out the flour as I did, it'll turn out terrific! —Judi Van Beek, Lynden, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tart baking apples, peeled and sliced
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • Preheat a 10-in. cast-iron skillet in a 425° oven. Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the eggs, milk, flour, salt and nutmeg; cover and process until smooth.
  • Add butter to hot skillet; return to oven until butter bubbles. Pour batter into skillet. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until pancake puffs and edges are browned and crisp.
  • For topping, in a skillet, combine the apples, butter and sugar; cook and stir over medium heat until apples are tender. Spoon into baked pancake. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Cut and serve immediately.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Many fruits can be used in place of the apples. Pears, berries, peaches or plums are all delish. If you use berries, just skip the precooking step.
  • For extra flavor, try adding a splash of almond or vanilla extract to the batter.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 192 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 107mg cholesterol, 273mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


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    • Arlene
      Feb 28, 2021

      I made this as directed but added 1/2 tsp vanilla. Baked for exactly 20 minutes and the apples took about 10-15 minutes. I would suggest doubling the apples though. This was so good my husband said it was better than his moms. How about that?

    • James
      Feb 4, 2021

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    • Susan
      Jan 23, 2021

      Made this for my German mom today and it was amazing!!!! I did add vanilla to the batter and baked exactly 20 minutes...PERFECT!!! Thank you for this wonderful recipe

    • recipehound54
      Jan 1, 2021

      Just made this for a special New Year's Day breakfast for my husband. The only variation I made was to add cinnamon to the apples as they cooked. While the recipe is supposed to serve 6, we decided that it would not be as good re-heated as leftover so we made the supreme sacrifice ;) and ate the whole thing ourselves. Fabulous! It's one of those dishes that looks as though you labored over it and it is amazingly simple to make. We thought that it would be a great dessert with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream on top. We also thought that a tasty variation would be to make a homemade blueberry sauce (ToH has some great recipes) and sprinkle some lemon zest over top. Can't wait to try this again! If my husband could have rated it, he would have given it more than 5 stars!

    • Sandra
      Sep 11, 2020

      I just made this in gf ingredients and it was great ??, I also made it with regular flour for the difference and the gf came out with more flavor

    • slmarcial
      Apr 10, 2020

      Family loved this recipe! I added a little cinnamon to the apples and used Goldens instead of tart apples and reduced the sugar. This recipe is definitely a keeper! Thank you for sharing. :)

    • Helen
      Feb 12, 2020

      I've been making this recipe for at least 45 years and they were called Dutch Babies They are best made in an iron skillet but I had 4 kids back then and used pie plates. ( you can't make them one at a time when they eat 2 each. And then there's the husband. They preferred powdered sugar sprinkled with fresh lemon juice. Soooo so good. Helen

    • TanyaandDan
      Jan 26, 2019

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    • Nemsie
      Nov 11, 2018

      Yummy desert, I doubled the apples but not the sugar or butter. It was delicious with ice cream.

    • mumsay
      Nov 29, 2017

      Delicious and easy to make. I added cinnamon to the apples, and next time I make it I'll double the amount of apples.