Thursday, October 13, 2011

German Pancakes

You probably already have a German pancake recipe.  And no, I’m not going to give you any new spin on it. 

Truth is, this is your basic recipe for German pancakes but I thought I’d post it just. in. case….

You never know, there may be one person out there that has NEVER had German pancakes and doesn’t have a recipe for them either. 

This is my emergency go-to recipe for dinner.  Yes, I know it’s a breakfast food.

I’ve only made them for breakfast… once.  That’s right, one measly time! 

They’re perfectly acceptable for dinner, right? 

I say yes!

Next to spaghetti, this is the thing I most often go for when I haven’t been to the store and we’re in dire need. 

My kids LOVE it when we’re in need… they go ballistic whenever this is served. 



German Pancakes

6 T. butter (not margarine)

6 eggs

1 c. milk

1 c. flour (whole wheat or white both work)

1/8 – 1/4 c. sugar (optional)


Preheat oven to 400*.  Cut butter into cubes and melt in 9x13 pan in the heated oven. 


Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together until blended (you can also blend it in a blender). 

Once butter is melted, pour batter into the pan and let bake for about 20 minutes.  It will grow to gargantuan proportions.  Kids love to watch it grow!  But….

DO NOT BE FOOLED!!  When you first pull this out of the oven, you’ll think you could feed an army.  Not so, my friends, not so.  It shrivels up to almost nothing after a few minutes of being out of the oven.  I always have to make 2 pans of it to feed my family.  Serve hot with maple syrup.  Or you could make it more savory by omitting the sugar and adding cooked breakfast sausage, bell peppers, mushrooms… the possibilities are endless!!


So easy, so yummy! 





Lisa Garner said...

I LOVE German Pancakes and how funny that I actually have some cooking right now! I thought - I have 20 mins before breakfast is ready - I will go check blogs LOL and here is one about Germans! The recipe I use is a little different, it is the one my used when I was growing up - the main difference, less butter - it only calls for 2 TBSP and no sugar (but you put that was optional anyway). I love them and am sure more butter would be yummy haha, my mom probably just put less butter in them because she was a health freak and did stuff like that all the time. Using applesauce instead of oil in recipes - ya know :-) Thanks for posting!!!

Katie @ OhhBaby Designs said...

My Husband is German and he would love this! I may have to give it a shot this weekend. It looks so yummy! Thank you so much for sharing it!

I am hosting a really fun giveaway at my blog. Would LOVE for you to come and check it out!

Peggy Banks said...

I would love it if you would link this to my link party, and any others you may have. Thanks, It just started :)

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Oh, we love these too! I'll have to try them savory one of these days. Sounds delicious!

Brooke said...

Funny how that happens, eh? It's like deja-vu.

kelly said...

so interesting. i am going to try this. i love easy.

Whycuzican said...

I've loved these since I was little! Our family has always used a cast iron skillet (I never knew I could use a glass casserole dish! thanks for the tip)

We always use powdered syrup and lemon to eat it!

Thanks for this neat post which I spotted at the linky party at Lolly Lane, BTW,
Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois

Brooke said...

How funny, I never realized you could use a cast iron skillet. IF I had one, I would definitely try it. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you'll be back soon! OH, and you are from Illinois!! My kids and I are trying to collect a postcard from every state. Maybe you could help us out!!

katrina said...

Never had them! Honest! My husband spent some time living in Germany, I will have to ask him about these....
I really can't believe I never heard of these considering my father's side is German ;)

Lisa said...

I grew up with this recipe, know it by heart! I recently introduced it to my boyfriend's sister and she is now hooked on it. I have never added sugar to it though, might have to try that one of these days.

Emily said...

I love, love, love German food! I've made potato pancakes for years and just last week stuffed myself silly at a wonderfully authentic German restaurant in Denver. But, never have I heard of this! Shocking since I'm part German myself. I know what I'll be making next weekend. Thank you!!! I guess I'm that one person you are passing this recipe on too!!

Linda DiVall said...

Growing up we had this every other Sunday served with roast--using the roast drippings rather than butter. In England it's Known as Yorkshire pudding. In college my friend introduced me to German pancakes and that's how we've served them ever since.

Brooke said...

I have never tried them with a roast and drippings. Interesting... I don't know why they are called German pancakes as I am sure they are not German at all. ;) Kind of funny.