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German-style Apple Pancakes

Besides the Indianapolis 500 and firing up the BBQ on Memorial Day weekend, what else happens in May?

Mothers Day of course!!

And what mother wouldn’t enjoy being celebrated and pampered, with a delicious homemade breakfast from her spouse or her children? So if you or the kids know your way around the kitchen, here’s a relatively simple recipe for a German-style Apple Pancake that is truly delicious and should tickle the taste-buds of that special mom!!!

Happy cooking and Bon Appetit!

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Yield: 2 to 4 servings


  • 2 tart cooking apples, peeled, cored, and sliced into ¼-inch slices

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 3 eggs, beaten and room temperature

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour or bread flour*

  • ½ cup milk, room temperature

  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 7 tablespoons butter

  • Powdered Sugar (optional)

* Bread flour is a high-protein flour. The high protein helps the pancake rise. All-purpose flour may be used, but the results will not be as spectacular


  1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Place oven rack in the middle of your oven.

  2. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, salt, flour, milk, and vanilla extract; beat until batter is smooth (the batter will be thin, but very smooth and creamy); set aside.

  4. In a large heavy ovenproof frying pan or a cast-iron skillet (I like to use my 10-inch cast-iron skillet) over medium heat, melt butter, tilting pan to cover sides. Add apples and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixture. Stir and let cook for 5 to 7 minutes to slightly cook the apple slices; remove from heat.

  5. Pour prepared pancake batter over the apples into the baking pan. Place pan in preheated oven and bake approximately 20 minutes or until puffed above sides of the pan and lightly browned (it may puff irregularly in the center); remove from oven.

  6. Remove pancake from the baking pan by flipping upside down onto a serving platter (apples and cinnamon will be on top). Once out of the oven, the pancake will begin to deflate.

  7. To serve, cut into serving-size wedges and transfer to individual serving plates.

  8. Serve with an optional dusting of powdered sugar over the top.



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