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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

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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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    • 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

    • 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.

    • I_Fortuna
      Sep 22, 2017

      I love these pancakes. We used to call them Dutch Babies. If you don't have apples, other fruits like preaches, strawberries or blueberries, or one's favorite can be used. My personal favorite is peaches.

    • Cinderellahasherfella
      Sep 22, 2017

      Iv been making this for years.. .I use Brown sugar and cinnamon on top..Gives it great flavor...A hit with company..Looks impressive...I server with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit...

    • Mary
      Sep 21, 2017

      The same recipe I've been using for 50 years, we called it Popover Pancake. Yummy

    • MNKaren
      May 25, 2017

      Needs a teaspoon of vanilla in the pancake batter. Otherwise, it's perfect and delicious!

    • dariawd
      Oct 10, 2015

      I've been making this recipe since Bountiful Harvest came out. It's delicious every time and a family favorite.

    • sheepsrule
      Sep 14, 2013

      Wow. Wow. The only problem with this is that I'll be making it A LOT because it is so darn good. I added a little cinnamon and sprinkled a few sliced almonds on top of the apples, baked it a couple minutes with the apples and almonds. So darn good.