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In my kitchen, I have a cookbook holder that sits on the counter. Of course, it’s intended to hold up my cookbooks when I cook from them, but it’s purpose has changed over the past few months. Usually, whenever I get a cooking magazine in the mail, I immediately go through it and mark what I want to make from it. It usually doesn’t take me long to make a recipe or two from each magazine – after all, I only subscribe to 2 magazines. But in the last months, my cooking has become a bit – irregular – to say the least. I’m seriously surprised that I haven’t run out of material to blog about.

So the magazines started to pile up on my cookbook holder. I promised myself that they wouldn’t get filed away on the bookcase until I had made at least 1 recipe from each magazine. So the pile got bigger and bigger, until the magazines would no longer fit on the holder, and a stack started next to the holder. And this weekend, I thought I would do something about it!!

It was a very rainy weekend here, and nothing says to get in the kitchen and get busy like a rainy day to me. And I ended up cooking more this weekend than I have in quite awhile!!

My husband is usually the breakfast maker in our house, but yesterday we decided to share the duties. He made eggs and bacon while I made this German Apple Pancake. I’ve only made a German pancake once before in my life – many, many years ago, but this one seemed quite different from what I made before. Regardless, we both gobbled it right up. And it’s a great way to use some of the apples that are in season right now!!

Make sure to plan a little ahead if you make this. I didn’t read the recipe before we got up to make breakfast, but quickly discovered that the batter has to sit for 30 minutes. It was a leisurely Sunday morning for us, so it wasn’t a big deal to wait, but if you are on a schedule, it might throw you off if you aren’t prepared for that.

And if you haven’t had a pancake like this before, don’t expect it to be anything like your regular, American pancakes. It has more of a eggy/custardy/crepe-like texture, so be prepared for something different!

German Apple Pancake
from Cooking Light August 2008


1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
1 cup egg substitute
1 cup fat-free milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Apple Mixture:

Cooking spray
1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
1 cup thinly sliced Granny Smith apple (we left the peel on, but if you don’t like the peel, you can always take it off!)

To serve:

1 tablespoon powdered sugar

To prepare batter, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, salt, and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine egg substitute, milk, butter, and vanilla in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add egg substitute mixture to flour mixture, stirring with a whisk. Let stand 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425°.

To prepare apple mixture, coat bottom and sides of a 10-inch ovenproof skillet with cooking spray. Combine 1/4 cup granulated sugar, cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg; sprinkle evenly over bottom and sides of pan. Arrange apple in an even spokelike layer in pan. Sprinkle apple with remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Cook over medium heat 8 minutes or until mixture bubbles. Slowly pour batter over apple mixture.

Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375° (do not remove pancake from oven); bake an additional 13 minutes or until center is set. Carefully loosen pancake with a spatula. Gently slide pancake onto a serving platter. Sift powdered sugar over top. Cut into 6 wedges; serve immediately.

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49 Responses to German Apple Pancake

  1. kat says:

    these are so good. my husband loves them, maybe I should surprise him with one

  2. kimberleyblue says:

    never had something like that, but it sounds tasty and a perfect thing to wake up to!

  3. Patsyk says:

    I’ve never tried this before, but yours looks so delicious!

  4. Ryley says:

    Wasn’t it the best weekend??? We didn’t get out of our pajama’s once! (okay we did.. because we always have a family banana split party after preisthood!) We took the rainy lazy weekend to get caught up on some house projects.. (Yep NESTING!!!) it was pretty hard to get up this morning and have to go to work!

    This looks sooo yummy.. I have never made a german pancake.. but I’ve had them before.. Maybe one day I’ll get up the courage!

  5. nicole says:

    I think I will go and pick some apples this week and try this out. It just looks so good.

  6. Lisa says:

    This looks so good. I have never made an oven pancake but plan to do so soon.

  7. mikky says:

    lovely breakfast idea… 🙂

  8. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A delightful speciality! Your Pancake looks incredibly tempting!



  9. Julie says:

    It looks really yummy, and pretty too!

  10. Erin says:

    This looks so good! I’ve never had anything like it, but I really like apples, so I’m sure it would be delicious!

  11. Nazarina A says:

    Your rendition of the German apple pancake takes me back to my Granny who fled Germany and married my Grandpa in South Africa. I am the youngest of the grandchildren and still has this recipe written in her handwriting. It is only prudent that I make this, seeing your beautiful picture, it made me salivate. The only other ingredient different to yours is custard powder!

  12. veron says:

    apple pancake…sounds divine!

  13. Sylvie says:

    They are great with cherries or damson plums as well!

  14. Maria says:

    I am for sure making this! We got tons of apples at the market on Saturday. This will be a great breakfast treat…or maybe I will make it for dinner! Yum!

  15. sunita says:

    That looks lovely, Deb.

  16. Melanie says:

    Once again, your picture is incredible – this looks delicious!

  17. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Looks so good! I love cooking a big pancake in the cast iron skillet! I haven’t done that in a while…

  18. flower says:

    this one is top of the list for the end of the detox

  19. Jenny says:

    Oh man, I’ve been wanting to make these pancakes for months now. They look so pretty and even more tasty!

  20. Sharon says:

    I’ve wanted to make this since I saw it in Cooking Light. I’ve made a German pancake before but never with the apples. Yours looks gorgeous!

  21. eatme_delicious says:

    Ooo this looks yummy! I love breakfasty foods.

  22. Heather says:

    mmmm i love these! this looks beautiful! i have the perfect cast iron pan to make this in 🙂 your apple arrangement looks BEAUTIFUL!

  23. noble pig says:

    That photo makes me want to just dig in…I love it~love it.

  24. Tasty Trends says:

    i will have to definitely try this one out!

  25. kamailesfood says:

    My roommate in college introduced me to German pancakes- love them! This version looks yummy and perfect for a rainy day weekend.

  26. kellypea says:

    Ah, so many recipes so little time, right? I LOVE German pancakes, or what we call Dutch Babies. Don’t know where we got that, but I’ve used the same recipe forever. And yes, it needs to sit — mine in the fridge. Just looking at this has me thinking about the last time I made one. YUM. Good choice.

  27. Mary Ann says:

    I made this pancake awhile ago and we loved it! I have been making one from Martha Stewart, but this one was lighter and tasted great! Your picture is beautiful!

  28. Andrea says:

    I’ve never had a German pancake, but I like a custardy flavor. And it’s so impressive the way it puffs up like that, at least in your picture. Looks delicious!

  29. Peabody says:

    Sounds pretty darn good for a light recipe. Looks good too.

  30. Emiline says:

    I see your Foodbuzz ad isn’t showing up either. It’s making me mad! I thought I did something.

    I liked your NY story! That’s cool that you were on TV.

    This sounds really good! My mom makes something similar, called Dutch Babies. They are SO fattening. Very tasty though.

  31. Grace says:

    i keep seeing these all over the blog world, and i so want to try it! your version is way lightened up, so it holds even more appeal… 🙂

  32. Chocolate Shavings says:

    This looks delicious and rustic, good job!

  33. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, what a delicious idea for a lazy breakfast – and gorgeous photo!
    I need a book holder like that, too.

  34. Mary says:

    This really looks delicious! We’ll be having it soon.

  35. Dhanggit says:

    I hope to wake up tomorrow with a beautiful breakfast like this waiting for me :-)!! The idea of sharing cooking task is so romantic!! i love it

  36. Madam Chow says:

    My mom’s family called these “Dutch babies”! Sounds like a wonderful breakfast.

  37. Kerry says:

    This looks delicious in fact I think I’ll try it at some point over the weekend

  38. Rosie says:

    Hi Deb, what a delicious idea and incredibly tempting for breakfast!

    Rosie x

  39. Satisfying my Sweet Tooth says:

    german pancakes are my very favorite breakfast in the world but my recipe is way different then this one. I always have it with lemon juice and powdered sugar, but I will have to try this apple filling next time!

  40. Think Inside the Icebox says:

    I’ve never had anything like this, but I saw the photo in CL and knew I had to make it! Glad it turned out well for you.


  41. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy says:

    This is one of my fave weekend splurges. You did a great job with it. Perfect!

  42. Katerina says:

    Stop it Deborah, you are killing my diet attempts! I think blogging and dieting might not go together…

  43. hot garlic says:

    Oh be still my heart! I love pancakes, I love German pancakes {though this looks nothing like the recipe I use, must be a DIFFERENT German} -how could I not love this!!?

  44. Alisa says:

    Yummy! These looks perfect! I followed you from Foodista and I definitely would love to try this!

  45. Kevin says:

    This apple pancake sounds really good.

  46. Joanna says:

    Paula Deen just made this on her show yesterday. Yours looks so delicious!!

  47. Mahesh says:

    I like apple & all fruit recipe.


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  48. Anonymous says:

    Bookmarked this. Thanksgiving owing to you looking for sharing. Positively value my time.

  49. Jean says:

    This is actually a recipe for a Dutch Baby. True German pancakes (eirkucken) are more like a crepe. We love them stuffed with cream spinach (savory) or with preserves and dusted with powder sugar (sweet). Either way, they’re delish!

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