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German Pancakes


Light and fluffy German Pancakes make a delicious family breakfast that are quick enough for a weekday breakfast or can be fancied up for a special occasion! 

German Pancakes

German Pancake Breakfast Recipe

We started making German Pancakes for our kids on their birthdays.   They are fluffy, buttery and so delicious that our kids looked forward to eating them for their special birthday breakfast.  Once we made them enough, we started realizing that they were so quick to make that we could make them pretty much anytime with little effort.

We love that these pancakes include a lot of eggs because the extra protein makes them a lot more substantial than a regular pancake.  If we make these on a school morning, our kids definitely stay full until lunch!  And because they feel more substantial, German pancakes are a great breakfast recipe that you can make for those ‘breakfast for dinner’ nights!

German Pancakes

How to Make German Pancakes

German pancakes are also known as a ‘Dutch Baby Pancake’ or vice versa.  German pancakes are typically made with just 5 ingredients: eggs, flour, butter, milk and salt.  If you want to be a little more fancy, you can season them with vanilla and cinnamon.   It is like the perfect mix of an omelet and a pancake but with way less work involved than either of those breakfast recipes.  Here are some tips we have discovered from making German Pancakes over and over:

  • Mix your batter in a blender because it makes a perfectly smooth and easy to pour batter, with less dishes to clean later.
  • Make sure the milk, eggs and butter are at room temperature.
  • Make your batter ahead of time for the puffiest, tallest pancake. Place batter in an airtight container and refrigerate overnight.  Let it sit out while your oven preheats and your pan heats up.

Once the butter has melted in your pan, pour your batter in and bake until it because puffy and golden.  Kids love to watch this happen!   While your pancake bakes, get your toppings ready.  Some of our favorite pancakes for German pancakes are:

  • Fresh berries
  • Maple Syrup
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Dusting of powdered sugar
  • Apple Slices sauteed in cinnamon and butter
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German Pancakes

Light and fluffy German Pancakes make a delicious family breakfast that are quick enough for a weekday breakfast or can be fancied up for a special occasion! 

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: german
Servings: 9 2-inch square
Calories: 183kcal



  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Add butter to a 9×13-inch baking dish; place in the oven to melt.
  • Meanwhile, add milk, eggs, flour and salt to blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Just as butter has completely melted, remove pan from oven. Carefully pour batter into baking dish.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes or until pancakes have set in the center and the edges become puffy and golden.
  • Serve with powdered sugar sprinkled on top, warm maple syrup and fresh berries. Enjoy!


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 191mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g
Keyword : bake, eggs, German Pancakes, kid friendly, vegetarian



Natalie Monson

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I have used whole wheat flour in place of white and it makes it much more of a substantial breakfast plus adds more flavour (more dense, less fluffy though too).

Thanks for the recipe, these look delicious and easy to make. Is there any sugar in the pancakes? It is mentioned in step 2 but I don’t see it in the ingredients.

Hi Kim, the recipe had been adjusted a few days back so if you printed or saved it in the old format, be sure to check the recipe again. There isn’t sugar in this German Pancake recipe. Enjoy!

hey natalie,
interesting recipe. i just wonder about this „german pancakes“ of which ive never heard before – and i am german! r u sure, this is the right name?

Hi! This type of recipe is sometimes referred to as a Dutch Baby, but are definitely also called German Pancakes.

5 stars
I swapped the butter for non-stick spray, removed 2 eggs and added 60mL of egg whites, and added 1/2 whole mashed banana. It all turned out delicious and if you’re trying to cut the calories by 1/3 while upping the protein of the original recipe these substitutions worked fantastic (the original recipe’s still a bit better as you’d imagine).

5 stars
Our kids love these! We make them all the time. We double the recipe for our family of 6 and increase the baking time to 20 to 30 minutes, switching the baking dishes halfway.