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Apple Cinnamon German Pancakes

German apple pancake

Fresh granny smith apples, and caramelized cinnamon-sugar….baked, and topped with whipped cream. A special breakfast!

If you are looking for a truly special, beautiful breakfast, look no further than this recipe for Apple Cinnamon German Pancakes! Fresh sliced beautiful green granny smith apples and caramelized cinnamon-sguar come together to provide you with a pancake like none that you’ve had before!

The process for making German Pancakes is quite different than typical pancakes. You start by mixing a simple batter together in your mixer and allowing it to rest for about 30 minutes, or even overnight (this is a great make-ahead recipe!). Next you move on to caramelizing the apples and the cinnamon sugar mixture in an oven-proof skillet. The batter gets poured on top, and the whole skillet gets placed in the oven for about 25 minutes. It comes out a beautiful golden brown, and my favorite way to garnish this giant pancake is with some fresh whipped cream, no syrup necessary!

These Apple Cinnamon German Pancakes heat up surprisingly well the next day, you know, in case you have leftovers. ;) I’d say this recipe generously serves four, but you could easily stretch it to 6 if you served some fresh fruit alongside.

Apple Cinnamon German Pancakes

German apple pancake 2

Prep Time: 15mn
Cook Time: 25mn
Total Time: 1hr 10mn

BATTER INGREDIENTS

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

APPLE-CINNAMON INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2-3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • Whipped Cream for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. In the bowl of your mixer, combine eggs, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Gradually pour in milk, vanilla, and melted butter. Mix well. Cover the batter and allow it to rest for about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  3. In a 10-inch oven-proof skillet, melt 1/4 cup butter. Use a pastry brush to spread the butter along the sides of the skillet.
  4. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture evenly around the skillet.
  5. Arrange the apple slices in a circle going around the bottom of the skillet. I like lots of apples, so I ended up with 2 layers of apple slices.
  6. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar on top of the apples and allow it to cook for a few minutes. 
  7. When the apple/cinnamon sugar mixture starts bubbling, gently pour the batter on top.
  8. Place the entire skillet in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375 and continue baking for about 10 more minutes.
  9. Allow the pancake to cool for a few minutes, then slice and serve with whipped cream on top, if desired.

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  1. I’m just curious, does anyone know, since I don’t have a oven proof skillet, would this turn out ok in a glass pie dish??

  2. Sorry, this isn’t a German pancake, but an apple cake made in a pan/skillet.
    German pancakes (called Eierkuchen) are similar to French crepes. :-)

    • Interesting! This was inspired by a “German pancake” at one of my favorite breakfast restaurants. I trusted they knew what they were talking about! I’ll have to look into it.

    • Normally, German apple cakes are baked in a normal springform(!) pan ([college-cram.com]), some people use a baking sheet, but not a skillet. Never heard that before (and never met anybody in my country who would do this). :-)
      I have to admit, the batter recipe sounds like a recipe for German pancakes (Eierkuchen), but on the cake picture it looks much too thick for an “Eierkuchen”.

  3. Now I am German but that’s a pancake I do not remember :) looks yummy tho…

  4. This was the last thing I needed to see this morning! I made them for breakfast. I cooked mine stovetop and bypassed the whipped topping. Absolutely delicious!

  5. I saw this at one of our favorite dinners as well , and they did call it a german pancake with apples. I haven’t tried this yet but will. The german pancake I make rolls up the side of the cast iron skillet, and is served with sliced lemons. I thought yek…..until iI tried it! WOW!

    I will keep watch on this to see what others say.
    Thank You.

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