German Apple Pancake


by Oct 19th, 2010 // Breakfast, Recipes

German Apple Pancake

German Apple Pancake

In the early 80s my grandparents moved to Florida. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. Come December my brothers and I would leave NY wearing layer upon layer of bulky clothes with our suitcases packed full of shorts and bathing suits. Just as soon as we touched down in, I’d start shedding clothes and by the time we were at baggage claim I was practically in my underwear.

German Apple Pancake

When we arrived at my grandparent’s place we begged to go in the pool. We were the only people swimming. After all, it was only 75 degrees but to us it felt like heaven. The weather was great, but the real reason we loved these trips is our grandparents spoiled us and let us eat all kinds of stuff we didn’t get at home. One of our very favorite spots was The Original Pancake house where I always ordered the German Apple Pancake. Oh how I loved to drown it in syrup and gorge myself by finishing every bite.

German Apple Pancake

I haven’t had a pancake like that in years, but I had a feeling my kid would love it just as much as I did. What he did not love is the paparazzi!

German Apple Pancake

The pancake itself was beyond easy to make and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Now for the recipe…

German Apple Pancake

3 large eggs
2 tablespoons sugar
pinch of salt
1 cup low fat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup flour

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 Granny Smith apples,  peeled and sliced
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Whisk together the eggs, sugar, salt, milk and vanilla. Add the the baking powder to the flour, mix together and then continue to whisk into the milk mixture until smooth. Set aside for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, toss apples in lemon juice. Add brown sugar and cinnamon to coat. Heat butter in a 9-inch cast iron pan until melted and move around with a spatula so it greases the sides.  Add the apples and cook until slightly soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Pour the batter over the apples and place the pan in the oven. Bake until the edges are puffy, about 16-18 minutes.(Resist the urge to open the oven. Just turn the light on to check.) Serve directly in the pan (careful not to touch the sides) or slide the pancake onto a cutting board or serving platter. Dust with powedered sugar. Serves 6.

German Apple Pancake


27 Comments on “German Apple Pancake”

  1. 1.) anne
    October 19th, 2010

    saved by the bunky!

  2. 2.) Susan
    October 19th, 2010

    I may not appreciate all German food, but sprechen sie German apple pancake!

  3. 3.) Min
    October 19th, 2010

    In our family we call them "baked pancakes" but adding caramelized apples pushes this right over the top! I can't wait to add apples to our favorite recipe. Thanks for remembering this fantastic looking breakfast treat! =)

  4. 4.) Bianca
    October 19th, 2010

    I grew up eating apples pancakes! Love them! I can't wait to try this recipe!

  5. 5.) Sylvia
    October 19th, 2010

    I used to eat these as a kid….in Germany. Yum! Can't wait to try this recipe. :)

  6. 6.) Anon
    October 19th, 2010

    please provide references for your recipes

  7. 7.) CookingWithMyKid
    October 19th, 2010

    I provide references for my recipes when I have used all of or the majority of a recipe to cook with my kid. You can find those references throughout the blog. When I've looked at a million different recipes and asked friends for advice and then created my own concoction, I do not provide a reference because there is no one recipe that is reference-able. While I did not invent the German Apple pancake, I did come up with this combination and method myself.

  8. 8.) Jill
    October 19th, 2010

    we can still give our prudent kitchen advice right? I hope so! I've been thinking of one since I posted yesterday!
    My prudent kitchen advice for today is ~ You can be a fantastic and creative cook by knowing which recipes to choose, so don't be intimidated by the idea that you have to invent meals!

  9. 9.) Jess
    October 19th, 2010

    what would be a good substitution for a cast iron pan!?! I don't have one, but should probably get one!

  10. 10.) Julia
    October 19th, 2010

    There's really nothing like a cast iron pan, but do you have a dutch oven or heavy duty skillet that is oven safe? I have a stainless skillet that is very heavy duty that I used until I got my hands on my own cast iron one. You have to watch the timing more with the skillet because the bottom is thicker than the sides, and it can cause uneven cooking. A dutch oven or ceramic pot can work since they are a similar concept to the cast iron, and they cook evenly. Good luck experimenting!

  11. 11.) Karen
    October 19th, 2010

    Never store potatoes near onions- or the potatoes will rot quickly.

  12. 12.) Macki
    October 19th, 2010

    Yumtastic! I'm making this in the morning for our visitors.

  13. 13.) Becky Lynn
    October 19th, 2010

    YUM! Original Pancake House is one of my favorites!

  14. 14.) Cecilia
    October 19th, 2010

    I couldn't wait to try this, and I happened to have loads of apples, so I made this for dinner tonight. So yummy! Seriously, what a treat! I can't use cast iron on my glass-top stove, so I cooked the apples in a regular nonstick skillet, then poured them into a glass pie pan and poured the batter on top. Worked perfectly.

  15. 15.) Allie
    October 20th, 2010

    yum. i haven't made this in ages! i'm definitely making this this weekend! (i'll make mine gluten free though :)

    gorgeous blog! love your photos! found you through foodgawker!


    ps – i love that you read your comments to your son! fun!

  16. 16.) Julie
    October 20th, 2010

    Fabulous! I have just recently found your blog and am loving it. We do a similar pancake with homemade apple pie filling that we bottle each year. So very autumn-ish.

  17. 17.) Karen
    October 21st, 2010

    Oh my gosh, I am frothing at the mouth for this recipe. Apples, cinnamon, eggs, brown sugar, powdered sugar … all things wonderful. I wanted to lick the computer screen! Printed this and will make it soon. Yum! Thanks so much.

  18. 18.) Charlie
    October 21st, 2010

    Hi there
    That looks amazing, I will definately try it.
    I have one question, How did you get the recipe from the restaurant? I actually once tried getting a recipe for caramel French toast at a restaurant once but they wouldn't give it to me, it was worth a try.

  19. 19.) Kris
    October 22nd, 2010

    This made my Linky Love list this week! Thanks for sharing such a great post!

    ~Fellow Momma cooking with her boys~

  20. 20.) trixie
    October 28th, 2010

    I use all of my cast iron skillets on my glass-top stove – work fine, just don't slam them down. I have several and if I couldn't use them, I wouldn't have bought my new stove.

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