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German Apple Pancakes with Cider Syrup

Fluffy German Apple Pancakes with Cider Syrup are perfect for a fall weekend and are a great way to change up the traditional German pancake recipe, also known as a Dutch baby.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 494kcal
Author: Amy Nash


German Apple Pancake

  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 apple peeled and sliced into ¼-inch thick slices
  • 1 Tablespoon light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Cider Syrup

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons butter


German Apple Pancake

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, flour, vanilla, and salt and blend using an immersion blender until smooth and combined.  Set aside.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet or oven safe pan over medium heat.  Add the sliced apple and sprinkle with the brown sugar and cinnamon.  Cook for about 4-5 minutes until the apple begins to soften, stirring frequently.
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan with the cooked apples and heat until melted, then pour the pancake batter directly over the melted butter and apples and transfer the pan to the oven.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until puffy and golden brown around the edges.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately with cider syrup.

Cider Syrup

  • In a small saucepan, whisk together the sugars, cornstarch, and cinnamon, then gradually pour in the apple cider and lemon juice, whisking to combine.
  • Heat over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the syrup begins to thicken slightly, about 5 to 7 minutes.  Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and butter until combined, then serve with warm pancakes.  This is also delicious over ice cream.


Apple German Pancakes adapted from Bon Appetit and Cider Syrup adapted from Little Dairy on the Prairie.


Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 189mg | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 828IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 2mg