Apple Pancake Recipe – German Apple Pancake

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The smell of the apples cooking in the oven will drive you wild – let alone the taste of this Apple Pancake after it is baked!  You could not serve a better pancake recipe to your family and friends for breakfast or brunch.   So good!

Apple Pancake is a German tradition that is also known as Apfelpfannkuchen.  It is a single large pancake smothered with sauteed apples and cinnamon sugar, plus baked to perfection.

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Apple Pancake


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Apple Pancake Recipe:

Apple Pancake Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 to 4 servings


2 tart cooking apples, peeled, cored, and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
eggs, beaten and room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour or bread flour*
1/2 cup milk, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
7 tablespoons butter

* Bread four is a high-protein flour. The high protein helps the pancake rise.  All-purpose flour may be use, but the results won't be as spectacular.



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

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

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.

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.

Heating butter


sauteing apples

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.

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.

To serve, cut into serving-size wedges and transfer to individual serving plates.  Serve with an optional dusting of powdered sugar over the top

Makes 1 large pancake of 2 to 4 servings (depending on your appetite).


Source:  Photo from the Original Pancake House restaurant in Portland, Oregon.  Other photos shared by Al Kapp of Genoa City, Wisconsin

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