Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Not your average pancake

Since I have to meet Branden in town when he gets off work and go grocery shopping, I've got food on the brain. I know some of you don't cook, but for those of you who do, I'm sharing a recipe that is a favorite of ours for lazy morning breakfasts. Branden's mom likes to make this and was the one who introduced me to it, a German Pancake. If you have kids, this is a fun one to make as it is oven baked and puffs up to a monstrous size before your eyes. So on with the recipe!

German Pancake

6 eggs

1 cup of flour

1 cup of milk

1 cap full of vanilla extract (so 1/2 teaspoon?)

good pinch of salt

a few good sized knobs of butter (to be melted in your dish)

For this quantity I make mine in 9" x 13" pyrex dish.

Preheat your oven to 400 F or 200 C and put your dish in to warm up with the oven. (don't add the butter yet)

In a mixing bowl, whisk up your eggs, flour, milk, vanilla, and salt.

Mix it until the flour lumps are gone and the mix is bubbly. I find the more I whisk it up, the bigger it grows in the oven.

When your oven reaches temperature, take your dish out and add your knobs of butter. They should sizzle and melt quickly.

Make sure you melted butter is all over the bottom of your dish and then pour in your mix.

Pop it into the hot oven for 20-25 mins and watch it grow!

...and grow...

...and grow!

Since my oven cooks very unevenly, I have to flip my pancake over halfway into the baking. If you have to do this, do it fast so the pancake doesn't fall flat on you.

Then watch it grow some more!

When it's lovely and golden, take it out. You can put a butter knife in the middle and see if it comes out clean.

The pancake will fall pretty quickly and then you can put whatever you want on it! The traditional way is to dust it with powdered sugar then squeeze lemon over the top (it's my favorite way to eat it) but you can also eat it with maple syrup, jam, yogurt, nutella (one of Branden's favorites), and pretty much anything you can think of!

We made this for lazy breakfast yesterday and I actually put about 2 cups of frozen berries into the mix before I baked it, then made a berry syrup with the rest of the frozen berries I had. Fresh berries would be better but since they are insanely expensive, frozen seemed to work fairly well.

If you don't want to make such a massive quantity, then it would be simple to just half this recipe and cook it up in a smaller round dish or the traditional cast iron skillet. Leftovers actually keep well also. I find German Pancakes incredibly tasty and super easy to make. Plus I love watching it balloon up in the oven!


  1. I'd never heard of this until I read this post. Looks fun and delicious!

    1. It is kinda fun and definitely tasty! I hope you like it :)

  2. They call it a Yorkshire pudding over this side. they fill it with gravy for the Sunday roast. Sometimes they are made in a ramekin for individual pies.

    1. Actually this is double the amount of eggs you'd want for a Yorkshire pudding (so just halve the eggs, take out the vanilla and that's it!) and the texture is much less bready/puffy. It's definitely a thick eggy consistency, almost like a quiche. I like Yorkshire puddings, with lots of gravy! Mmmmm!

    2. Yeeeeeeaah Noooo. If the wheat didn't get me the milk or the butter would.

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    1. I'm not a massive breakfast person but this to me is worth it :)

  4. That's not a German pancake, it's a Yorkshire Pudding.

    1. It's twice as much eggs as a Yorkshire Pudding and I've eaten them so this German Pancake would be the funkiest textured, eggy Yorkshire Pudding ever. No Yorkshire Pudding should be omelette-esque ;)

  5. There's a local pancake chain in Chicago that does one of those really well. And they make a variant that also has apples and cinnamon.


  6. I'll have it with Nutella, thank you very much.


  7. That German pancake looks great Maggie. Now I wonder if Jill would make one for me...? - Dave

  8. My mother's made it that way before. Adding cinnamon and apple into it along the way....

  9. I'm with William, because I've made it with apples and cinnamon on top.

  10. That sounds very tasty...and with Nutella....

  11. OMG that sounds so good. I'd definitely add some apples. Mmmmmm.


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