German Pancakes are a hot and puffy golden pancake that only requires 5 minutes of prep! This classic breakfast is always a huge hit at our house!
We love a good classic breakfast at our house. Try this Breakfast Casserole, Quick 45 Minute Cinnamon Rolls or these Grandma’s Perfect Fluffy Pancakes for a breakfast the family won’t be able to get enough of!
Breakfast is always a struggle at our house because mornings are always so busy! I love to surprise the kiddos with a delicious and hot breakfast at least once a week before school. That is why we love German Pancakes at our house. 5 minutes of prep with ingredients that you have on hand. This breakfast is totally doable even for the busiest families!
My little girl loves to watch things baking in the oven. She likes spending time with me in the kitchen and helping. Or making a mess. But we sure have fun together. It is fun to watch this german pancake bake in the oven and get puffy and golden.
Are German Pancakes really from Germany?
German Pancakes or Dutch Baby Pancakes are not German Pancakes the way they are prepared in Germany. The American “German Pancakes” are more like a popover, either entirely baked in the oven or started in a pan and finished in the oven.
German Puff Pancakes Ingredients
If you haven’t tried this classic breakfast you need to make it. We absolutely love it at our house and it is so fun and easy to make! It is sure to be a huge hit with family or guests! Pantry ingredients that is sure to please you any morning of the week.
- Flour: All purpose flour is best for it to thicken.
- Eggs: This helps with the form and taste of the pancake.
- Milk: Creamy and smooth in the mix!
- Butter: Melt before adding it to the batter.
- Sugar: Sweeten the pancakes up!
- Salt: Just a pinch will help it rise.
How to Make German Pancakes from Scratch?
Make this easier even and add the batter to a blender for about 30 seconds. Start with blending the wet ingredients together first then proceed to add the dry ingredients until it is smooth. Once the lumps are out, place the batter in the cast iron skillet.
- Whisk Together: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium sized bowl whisk the eggs, milk, melted butter, salt and sugar. Add the flour and stir until incorporated being careful not to overmix.
- Bake in a Skillet: Add 1 tablespoon melted butter to the bottom of a 9 or 11 inch cast iron skillet. Pour the batter into a skillet and bake for 12-18 minutes or just until the edges start to brown. Top with desired toppings.
Golden Brown German Pancakes
German pancakes are a little tricky to know if they are done or not. As it is baking in the oven, the sides of the pancake will rise about 1 to 2 inches and even creep over top of the skillet. Once the edges and top of the German pancake is nice and golden brown that is when you know to remove the pancake from the oven. The middle of the pancake will be a yellow, egg color. Once the pancake is removed from the oven, in a short amount of time the German oven pancake will fall a bit. This happens as it is cooling. You will be ready to cut and serve the pancake then!
Tips for the Best German Pancakes
The best things about baking German pancakes is watching them rise up and over the pan as it is baking in the oven. To get that nice fluffy texture and high rise takes a few tips and tricks to make the perfect German pancakes.
- Eggs: Fresh eggs are best! Taking the time to whisk each egg individually will also help fluff up the pancake. This does take extra time but can be so worth it!
- Flour: For best results use an all purpose flour to help with the rise and thickness of each pancake.
- Preheating the pan: Before adding the batter to the pan, it helps to melt butter ahead of time to help the pancake rise. The butter will help as a non-stick agent which creates a taller rise and also keeps the pancake from sticking to the pan.
Optional Toppings to Try
Traditionally adding syrup or sprinkling powdered sugar are always popular choices. Once the German pancake is baked and ready to serve, add your favorite toppings and create a delicious breakfast everyone will love.
- Syrup: Buttermilk syrup or berry syrup
- Jam: Strawberry is my favorite!
- Fresh Berries: Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries
- Powdered Sugar: Sprinkle over top!
- Chocolate Chips: Add the chocolate chips right on top of the pancake while it is warm.
- Cinnamon Sugar: A little more sweetness!
- Nutella: A chocolatey taste!