Best Easy German Pancakes Recipe (Oven Pancakes)

Best Easy German Pancake (Oven Pancake) in a round pie dish topped with fresh apple slices, covered with cinnamon sugar and baked until golden.

German pancakes recipe (oven pancakes) is easy to mix in 10 minutes and bakes in 20 minutes or less. Our family loves this recipe filled with fresh apples and topped with cinnamon sugar. It is easy to bake in one pan and serve wedges like cutting a pie. Breakfast doesn’t get any easier or more delicious!

We have included step by step instructions for baking in a glass pie dish. It can just as easily be baked in a cast iron skillet.

Fresh apples and cinnamon sugar makes this fluffy pancake the delicious centerpiece of of your breakfast or brunch. We like it served with Sausage Cooked In the Oven (easy to make it at the same time as the pancake), Bacon cooked on the griddle and Eggs.

German Pancakes Recipe

German pancakes recipe is also known as oven pancake, puffy pancake, puffy apple omelet (inspired by Taste of Home), or Apple Dutch Baby.

It is made by combining dry ingredients of flour, baking powder and salt with liquid ingredients of egg yolks, milk, and lemon juice.

In a separate bowl, egg whites are beaten with a little sugar until stiff peak form. All ingredients are mixed together an poured into a glass pie dish or cast iron skillet to bake in the oven.

German Pancakes Recipe Ingredients

You probably have most of the required ingredients in your pantry. They are wholesome and all natural ingredients with no preservatives so your pancakes taste fresh and delicious!

  • 2 TBLS all-purpose flour (all-purpose or self rising)
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt (optional for a low-salt diet)
  • 2 eggs large eggs (separated into yolks and whites; room temperature)
  • 3 TBLS milk (whole or 2% milk)
  • 3 TBLS sugar (for combining with egg whites)
  • 1 TBLS lemon juice (from concentrate or fresh)
  • 1 apple peeled apple sliced thinly into small slices (fuji, gala or honeycrisp work well)
  • 2 tsps cinnamon sugar (for topping)
  • 1 can spray olive oil (to grease pan)
German Pancakes Recipe (Oven Pancakes) ingredients including cinnamon, sugar, baking powder, eggs, milk, apple, flour, salt, and lemon juice.
German Pancakes (Oven Pancakes) Ingredients

What Makes German Pancakes Rise?

German pancakes or Dutch Baby rises because of the combination of air whipped in the egg whites and steam in the hot oven or cast iron skillet. This creates a light, fluffy and delightful pancake that can be cut into individual servings.

Are German Pancakes Really from Germany?

Yes, German Pancakes originated from Germany. They are called many different names usually according to the different region.

German Pancakes Recipe Dry and Wet Ingredients

German pancakes require simple ingredients you probably use regularly and have some in stock in the refrigerator or pantry. Dry ingredients consist of all-purpose or self-rising flour, salt, and baking powder.

German pancakes recipe dry ingredients in a bowl: flour, baking powder and salt.
German Pancake Dry Ingredients

Liquid ingredients include milk, lemon juice, and egg yolks. Egg whites are beaten to a stiff peak using a hand mixer and sugar is added while mixing.

The egg whites are a key factor to the fluffy texture they have when they are baked. Folding them in the batter makes air pockets that act as cushion spaces in the finished baked pancakes.

German Pancakes – How to Make Oven Pancakes from Scratch

German pancakes can be made using 3 bowls for this recipe. Two of the bowls are small and one is medium size. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl: flour, baking powder and salt.

Combine wet ingredients in a small bowl: milk, lemon juice and egg yolks. Beat egg whites in a medium sized bowl with sugar until stiff. Since the egg whites are in a medium bowl you will combine everything in that bowl for the batter for baking.

Mixing Ingredients

Beating egg whites in a bowl with a mixer until stiff peak forms.
Beat Egg Whites

Fold all ingredients for the oven pancake together in the egg white bowl.

Recipe step of folding stiff egg whites into liquids and all-purpose flour mixture.
Fold stiff egg whites into liquids and all-purpose flour mixture.

Pour German Pancakes mixture into a glass pie dish or other similar size baking dish. You can also use a cast iron skillet to bake the oven pancakes in the preheated oven.

Place sliced apples on top of the pancake batter. Arrange them in a circular patter and place some in the center so every bite has apple in it.

Pour Batter and Add Apples

German Pancakes Recipe step before baking in an oven for arranging apples on top of German Pancake batter in a circular pattern.
Apples arranged on top of German Pancake batter.

Sprinke Cinnamon Sugar Topping

Next, sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of the batter. You can buy cinnamon sugar already mixed in a spice bottle or make your own by combining cinnamon and sugar and stirring to mix.

Sprinkled sugar cinnamon on top of pancake batter before baking in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven.
Sugar cinnamon sprinkled on top of German Pancakes before baking.

Baking Pancake in Oven

Lastly, place the dish in a preheated oven to bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 18 to 20 minutes.

German pancakes  baking in oven in a round glass pie dish at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 18 to 20 minutes.  Alternate dishes to bake in include a cast iron skillet or other oven safe baking dish.
German Pancake in Oven Baking

German Pancakes Recipe – How to Serve

Remove baked pancake from oven. Cut wedges with knife and serve with a pie server.

Best Easy German Pancakes Recipe (Oven Pancake) fully baked and ready to serve in a round pie dish topped with fresh apple slices, covered with cinnamon sugar and baked until golden.
Best Easy German Pancakes Recipe (Oven Pancake)

Additional Toppings

German Pancakes made with apples and cinnamon sugar are delicious served straight from the oven. If you want to add additional toppings to the oven baked German Pancake some suggestions are:

Maple Syrup

Fresh Berries

Chocolate Chips

Butterscotch Chips

Peanut Butter Chips

Whipping Cream

Fudge or Caramel Syrup

Powdered Sugar

FAQ’s – German Pancakes (Oven Pancakes)

What is a German pancake made of?

German pancakes are made from flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk and sugar. Some recipes include vanilla, lemon, apples and cinnamon sugar.

What’s the difference between German and American pancakes?

German pancakes recipes usually call for more eggs than American pancake recipes. German pancakes are baked in the oven in a round glass dish or cast iron skillet. American pancakes are made by pouring batter onto a hot flat griddle.

What is the German word for pancake?

The German word for pancake is Pfannkuchen.

German Pancakes – Related Breakfast Recipes

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Pillsbury Orange Rolls in Air Fryer {Sweet Rolls} – Pillsbury Orange rolls bake in the air fryer in 7 minutes! They are delicious  with their sweet orange icing dripping from the edges of hot sweet rolls.

Sausage Cheese Balls – This recipe for sausage cheese balls is super easy with only 3 ingredients, and they bake in 20 minutes.

Make Ahead Sausage Pinwheels {Crescent Rolls and Cheese} Easy to bake recipe with 3 ingredients: sausage, cheese and crescent rolls.

Best Easy German Pancake (Oven Pancake) in a round pie dish topped with fresh apple slices, covered with cinnamon sugar and baked until golden.
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Best Easy German Pancakes Recipe (Oven Pancakes)

German pancake recipe with apples baked in a round glass dish or cast iron skillet in the oven. Fluffy light texture with fruity apples piping hot and fresh from the oven. Perfect for breakfast or brunch.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 253kcal
Cost: $5


  • 2 TBLS all-purpose flour (all-purpose or self rising)
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • tsp salt (optional for a low-salt diet)
  • 2 eggs large eggs (separated into yolks and whites; room temperature)
  • 3 TBLS milk (whole or 2% milk)
  • 3 TBLS sugar (for combining with egg whites)
  • 1 TBLS lemon juice (from concentrate or fresh)
  • 1 apple peeled apple sliced thinly into small slices (fuji, gala or honeycrisp work well)
  • 2 tsps cinnamon sugar (for topping)
  • 1 can spray olive oil (to grease pan)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Coat a 9 inch glass pie plate deep dish or other oven safe casserole dish about the same size with spray olive oil. (Optionally, you can use a cast iron skillet that has been seasoned with olive oil, butter or shortening and preheated for about 3 minutes before pouring batter into it. Don't overheat it as the pancake will burn.)
  • In a small bowl, mix flour (all purpose flour or self rising), baking powder and salt.
  • In another small bowl whisk together egg yolks, milk and lemon juice.
  • Combine egg yolk mixture into flour mixture and stir with whisk until smooth and not lumpy.
  • In a medium bowl beat egg whites with a hand mixer until foamy. Gradually add 3 TBLS sugar by pouring it slowly into egg whites while mixing. Beat on high until the egg whites are stiff.
  • Fold egg yolk / flour mixture that you already mixed in step 5 above into the medium bowl with stiff egg whites. Gently combine until thoroughly mixed and smooth.
  • Pour mixture into prepared pie plate, oven safe casserole dish or cast iron skillet.
  • Wash, peel and thinly slice one apple.
  • Arrange apple slices in a circular patter in the batter around the glass pie plate or follow the shape of the dish or cast iron skillet. Place apples in the center inner circle so there are apples in every bite!
  • Sprinkle top generously with cinnamon sugar.
  • Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 18 to 20 minutes until a knife inserted into middle comes out clean (without raw batter sticking to the knife.)
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately.


Nutritional values are an estimate and will vary according to ingredients used and portion size.
Can serve without additional toppings and it is delicious as baked.
Optional toppings include maple syrup, whipping cream, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or berries.
Refrigerate leftovers after cooling.  Will keep 2 to 3 days.  Reheat in toaster oven or oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes or until hot.   


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 142mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g

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