German Pancakes

by Maria on December 28, 2010

German Pancake

A couple weeks ago my family and I helped my brother and his family move. My parents came out to help as well, and it was a fun weekend. Because my house was sort of a half way point between where they were moving from, and moving to, everyone came to our house late that Sunday evening. This way they wouldn’t have as far to go the next day. In the morning I wanted to make them a nice breakfast since I new they would have a long day ahead of them. Unfortunately I had depleted most of my fresh fruits and veggies, on purpose, before we left for their house. Needless to say my fridge was looking a little sad as I stood staring into it, trying to come up with something “special.”

I had a bunch of eggs and a little bag of bacon bits, two green onions and some shredded cheddar cheese. So I decide to do an egg casserole. We just had regular pancakes the day before, so I didn’t really want to do that. Then I remembered how easy German Pancakes are and decided to go with them. I had some frozen fruit and a couple yogurts left in the fridge so my little boys helped me make some smoothies.

I usually do German Pancakes in a 9×13 pan but mine had the egg casserole in it. I decided to try out my new round cake pans. I just divided the batter equally and it worked great. I thought everyone in the world already knew about German Pancakes, but my sister-in-law insisted they didn’t and made me take a picture and told me to put it on here. So here it is. I have to say circle is the new rectangle as far as German Pancakes go. :)

German Pancakes

6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup all purpose flour
pinch of salt
4 TBSP melted butter or margarine
Pour melted butter in bottom of 9×13 pan (or divide equally in two round pans.) Combine eggs, milk and four and salt. Whisk until smooth. Pour batter onto the butter covered bottom of the pan, (or evenly between the two round pans.) Bake at 425° for 18-20 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with syrup or fruit and whipping cream.
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Veridical_Angel December 28, 2010 at 11:38 am

Wow. Never heard of them. Wish I had some kids at home to make this. Yum!

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Maria December 29, 2010 at 11:59 am

You don’t need kids around to make these. If its just you, you could half the recipe and just use and 8×8 square pan or one round pan.

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Destri December 28, 2010 at 11:49 am

I have been wanting to make these forever! They’re fancy enough for dinner, no?
And the egg casserole is awesome, I have already made that.

Hope you had a great Christmas dear, and hope you have a rockin’ new year ;)

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Maria December 29, 2010 at 11:58 am

They are definately dinner material. There my husbands go to dinner if I’m sick or gone. Hope your new year is rockin’ too.

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Meredith December 28, 2010 at 12:03 pm

These look simple and amazing! Will be making them soon. Thanks for posting.

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Maria December 29, 2010 at 11:59 am

They are really good, and the best part it they take almost ZERO effort.

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Jackie December 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I just had German pancakes for breakfast this morning. Yum! Yours look much prettier in the round pans though, I’ll have to try that for fun next time.

p.s. I may have forgotten to write down your phone # when you called last time. Whoops! ;( I went to call you yesterday & realized that I can’t. Sad. Give me a call if you get a second & I’ll make sure to write the # down this time…I promise. :)

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Maria December 29, 2010 at 11:55 am

Sometimes it scares me we are so insink. jk. Yes I’ll call you next week. We are leaving tomorrow for my sisters for the weekend. Happy new year.

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Maggie December 28, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I LOVE these! My family has made them for ages but we call them Dutch Babies. We’ve always made them in circles- we use cast iron pans. They are my favorite breakfast- my uncle makes a point to make them every time I’m up at their place, and when I left for college he got me my own cast iron pan and the recipe.

I’d known that they’re called German Pancakes in other places, but whenever I try to order one I end up getting something much more like a crepe. Any idea why that is?

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Maria December 29, 2010 at 11:55 am

Dutch Babies is a cute name. How much do I love your uncle that he gave you a cast iron pan when you left for college. Does he need anymore neices. I don’t have a cast iron pan of my own and I’m pretty sure that is what i need for my b-day that is coming up shortly! Guess I better start dropping the husband some hints.

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Alberta January 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I’m guessing they’re mixing them up with Swiss pancakes (eirdach) that look very much like crepes but with more eggs. Swiss, German, same thing right? :P

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Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids December 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm

WOW – I’ve never even heard of these but they look yummy and super simple. Also, I used both your green bean recipe AND your little yellow potatoes recipe at Christmas. They were both big hits, especially with my vegetarian SIL who appreciated all the veggies. Thanks so much!!

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Maria December 29, 2010 at 11:53 am

Destri actually contributed the bean recipe and the potatoe recipe, I haven’t tried them yet but they look delicious. And yes this recipe is fool proof. It is so easy, you an have them mixed up and in the oven in minutes.

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Greta December 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Oh My Goodness!!! These are to die for!!! I made a double batch for my family for dinner tonight and they are a HUGE hit!! They taste like french toast!! I have never even heard of them before today so THANK YOU very much for sharing your recipe! The girls loved watching them while they were cooking in the oven and got super puffy!

This recipe will be used for many years to come in my family!

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Maria December 29, 2010 at 11:51 am

So glad you liked them. My kids love them too. My boys think its fun to watch them int he oven too. Isn’t it great when dinner is FUN!

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Greta December 30, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Oh yes it is so much fun! My girls sit in front of the window in the oven and ohh and ahh over what is baking all the time! They have asked for them for every single meal since then!! I think I might have to make them again this weekend! Thanks again!

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Honoree December 29, 2010 at 6:58 am

These are awesome, I love to make them. Although, I’ve always called it a Dutch Baby and it’s super good with butter, powdered sugar and fresh squeezed lemon juice. I usually make it in my cast iron pan…you know how much I love that pan. My kids aren’t big fans though because they don’t like anything too “eggy”. It almost have the consistency of a thick crepe (and my kids won’t eat crepes…even if they’re filled with chocolate, bananas, strawberries and/or whipped cream.). They’re strange. I usually only make this when company is around so I have someone else to appreciate it. Now I’m totally craving one!!! Thanks Maria!

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Maria December 29, 2010 at 11:50 am

Yeah, your kids are strange. JK I thought the oldest would eat anything and the middle one I thought would eat it with enough whip cream and berries. I gotta get me a cast iron pan!!

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Suzanne December 29, 2010 at 7:38 am

My favorite pancakes from when I was a kid, love them and I didn’t have a recipe thanks girl! I make crepes like these with lemon and butter in fact I will be posting them soon :)

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Maria December 29, 2010 at 11:49 am

My mom never made these. The first time I had them was like 6 years ago, and then my sister gave me a recipe about 3 years ago. Can’t wait to see your crepe post.

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Anja December 29, 2010 at 7:49 am

Those look super yummy!

HOWEVER – they are most definitely not German Pancakes. German Pancakes are heavy, dense and pan fried in tons of oil in, you guessed it, a pan. On the stove top.
How do I know this? Because I am German. Born and raised.

So call them what you like, but know that this delicious breakfast dish is not what any German would make, if you asked them for pancakes, or “Eierkuchen” (egg cakes, as we call them)

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Maria December 29, 2010 at 11:48 am

I’ve Been snookered. All this time I was picturing evey German person in the world having these pancakes for breakfast. :)

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Aubrey December 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Kaylee had these at preschool awhile ago and has been begging me to make them! We called it Hootinany (sp) growing up. Thanks for the recipe!

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Stephanie December 29, 2010 at 7:48 pm

What a great looking recipe, I can’t wait to try it! I am in the process of converting all of my old recipe cards and scraps of paper/envelopes/etc I’ve scribbled recipes on – into nice recipe cards via Photoshop. Would you mind if I borrowed your photo to use on my recipe card for this recipe? I promise not to sell/share/etc it…. :)

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DeLynn December 31, 2010 at 10:40 am

Thank your sister in law very much. I have never heard of these and when I read the recipe, I thought why not give it a try. For once in a long time, everyone in my family loved breakfast. Thank you so much.

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Sue January 1, 2011 at 10:28 am

Your SIL is correct. I had heard of German pancakes but didn’t really know what they were. What an easy recipe. I will be making them. Yum! Thanks.

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Toni January 15, 2011 at 6:37 am

Okay, I am just going to the kitchen right now to make this for breakfast… don’t have the powdered sugar but I think we will survive! Sounds yummy and something I have never even heard of! You are so darn creative! Miss you and your cooking!!!

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