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!
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!