Whether you call them German pancakes or Dutch babies, you’ll love this puffy pancake recipe for an easy weekend breakfast. Just add your favorite toppings and dig in!
Table of Contents
- You will love this Dutch Baby Recipe
- What is a Dutch Baby?
- German Pancake Recipe ingredients
- How to Make German Pancakes
- German Pancakes Recipe tips for success
- How to serve this German Pancake Recipe
- German Pancake storage
- How to make German Pancakes FAQs
- More Great Breakfast Recipes
- German Pancakes Recipe Recipe
You will love this Dutch Baby Recipe
German pancakes are a family favorite recipe around here, right up there with our favorite crepe recipe and make-ahead breakfast sandwiches. They are incredibly easy to make and even more delicious to eat! These puffy pancakes only take about 5 minutes to throw together in a blender, and kids love them because they can be topped with just about anything!
The butter is melted in a hot oven in a 9x13-inch baking dish; when the simple batter gets poured into the pan, it puffs up, much like a popover. It's so fun to see how tall the German pancakes can grow, although they deflate rapidly after removing from the oven.
Technically, one batch of German pancakes will give you 8 servings in a 9x13-inch pan. If you’re making these for adults, though, most people will want more than one helping, so you might want to consider doubling the batch and making two pans! Our family of four usually doesn't finish the entire batch, but we're usually pretty close, with only a slice or two leftover.
We also make a smaller batch German apple pancake version with sautéed apples, but this classic German pancake recipe is the one we enjoy most often at our house. We usually top our German pancakes with sliced bananas or peaches when they are in season, along with buttermilk caramel syrup.
What is a Dutch Baby?
A Dutch baby, also known as a German pancake, is a type of baked pancake or popover that is typically made in a cast-iron skillet or ovenproof pan. It is characterized by its puffy and custard-like texture. Dutch babies are usually served for breakfast or brunch and are often sweet, although savory variations exist.
German Pancake Recipe ingredients
Scroll down to the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Large eggs
- Milk – Whole milk is best for German pancakes.
- Flour – Regular all-purpose flour will do.
- Butter – I recommend unsalted butter, but if you have salted on hand, you can cut back on the amount of salt you add to the batter.
How to Make German Pancakes
Here’s what you’ll need to do to make classic German pancakes at home:
- Prepare. Place the butter in a 9x13-inch baking dish and set the dish in the oven. Preheat the oven to 475ºF, taking a peek at the butter occasionally to make sure it doesn’t burn.
- Make the pancake batter. Add the eggs, milk, flour, and salt to a blender and blend for 10 to 20 seconds, or until the mixture is smooth.
- Bake the pancake. Carefully slide the pan out of the oven and pour the batter mixture over the butter. Return the pan to the oven, close the door, and bake for 14 to 15 minutes, or until the German pancake is puffy and the edges are golden brown.
- Serve. Slice and serve immediately with your desired toppings.
German Pancakes Recipe tips for success
Here are some pointers for perfect German pancakes:
- Be careful with the hot pan and oven. It’s easiest to slide out the oven rack and pour the batter into the pan; that way you don’t have to hold the hot baking dish with one hand while pouring batter with the other.
- Getting the perfect puffy pancake. I have found that if I pour in a swirled figure-eight pattern rather than just one stream of batter into the center of the pan, I get a more craggy, puffy German pancake as a result.
- Don’t open the oven door while the German pancake is baking. The rush of air into the oven will make your pancake deflate!
- Serve immediately. German pancakes are best when served immediately after baking. As they sit, not only will they deflate, but they’ll also lose moisture.
How to serve this German Pancake Recipe
Sprinkle your German pancakes with a dusting of powdered sugar and add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for a burst of flavor. You can also garnish with fresh berries, whipped cream, or a drizzle of maple syrup for added sweetness. Or serve with our famous buttermilk syrup! Slice the pancake into wedges or squares and serve immediately while it's still warm.
German Pancake topping ideas
Here are some ideas for serving your German pancakes:
- Make it traditional. Dust the pancake with powdered sugar, then squeeze lemon juice over the top.
- Make it fruity. Sliced bananas, fresh berries, peaches, and sautéed apples are all delicious on a German pancake.
- Make it decadent. Scatter chocolate chips over the top, drizzle it with hot fudge or caramel sauce, or serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
German Pancake storage
If you have leftover German pancakes, you can keep them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days, then reheat in a 350ºF oven or microwave for 30-60 seconds until hot.
Do pancakes need to be refrigerated?
Yes, you should store any uneaten German pancakes in an airtight container in the fridge. They will be good for 3-4 days and can be reheated in the microwave before eating. You can also freeze leftover German pancakes for 2-3 months
Can German Pancakes Be Frozen?
Yes, German pancakes can be frozen, but they won’t be puffy when reheated! Store them in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months, then thaw them in the refrigerator and reheat them according to the instructions above.
How to make German Pancakes FAQs
Nothing! They’re the same thing. The name “Dutch baby” comes from the fact that the German word for German is Deutsch, and in the United States, this often gets corrupted into “Dutch.”
German pancakes are made from a batter of eggs, milk, flour, and a touch of sugar, and they are baked in the oven. During baking, they puff up dramatically, resulting in a thin, custard-like texture. They are often served with powdered sugar, berries, lemon juice, or various sweet or savory toppings.
American pancakes, on the other hand, use a batter with flour, milk, eggs, baking powder, sugar, and a bit of butter. They are cooked on a griddle or stovetop, yielding smaller, thicker, and cake-like pancakes. These pancakes are typically served in a stack and are accompanied by traditional toppings such as butter, syrup, fruits, chocolate chips, or whipped cream.
If your Dutch baby isn't puffing up, it's likely due to a few common reasons. First, check your batter's consistency; it should be thin but well-mixed. Ensure your oven is preheated adequately because the right temperature is crucial. Use a proper pan, like a cast-iron skillet, and make sure the butter in the pan is very hot before pouring in the batter. Overmixing the batter can also hinder the rise, so mix until just combined. Verify the freshness of your baking powder, as old baking powder won't provide the necessary lift. Additionally, consider your altitude, as high altitudes can affect how baked goods rise.
More Great Breakfast Recipes
- Easy Blackberry Turnovers
- Biscuits and Gravy Casserole
- Southern Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy
- Green Chili Egg Casserole
- Cinnamon French Toast Sticks
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German Pancakes Recipe
- 6 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups milk
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 6 Tablespoons salted butter
- Buttermilk syrup, for serving
- Fresh fruit, for serving
- Place butter in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Set the baking dish in a cold oven, then turn the temperature up to 475 degrees F and let the oven preheat, heating the pan and melting the butter at the same time. Check on the butter as it melts so it doesn't burn.
- Meanwhile, make the German pancake batter by adding eggs, milk, flour, sand salt to a blender and blend for 10-20 seconds until smooth.
- When the butter is melted, slide the pan out of the oven and pour the batter over the melted butter.
- Return the pan to the oven and bake for 14-15 minutes, until the German pancake has puffed up around the edges and is golden brown.
- Slice and serve immediately with syrup, fruit, or lemon juice and sugar.
- Tip: I have found that if I pour in a swirled figure-eight pattern rather than just one stream of batter into the center of the pan, that I get a more craggy, puffy German pancakes as a result of more of the batter coming in contact with the hot pan and melted butter.
- Storage: If you have leftover German pancakes, you can keep them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or freeze them for up to 3 months. Reheat in a 350ºF oven or microwave for 30-60 seconds until hot.