German Pancake – Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe

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Bring this spectacular German Pancake – Dutch Baby Pancake breakfast or brunch dish to the table as soon as it comes out of the oven for a lot of oohs and aahs!  This German Pancake or Dutch Baby Pancake is one of the simplest dishes to prepare and one of the most impressive to serve.

This fantastic egg dish is a cross between a souffle and an omelet – it is a light and airy pancake with sides.  The eggs also get puffed (this egg mixture billows up to unbelievable heights) and crispy around the edges while retaining a pancake-like tenderness in the middle.  The sides of the pancake rise high above edges of the pan, creating a light, puffy crust with a tender, custard-like middle.  This pancake is also know as Bismarck Pancake, Dutch Puff Pancake, and also David Eyre’s Pancake.

Learn all about Eggs and how to cook them, and for more great brunch ideas, check out my Brunch Recipes.

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German Pancake – Dutch Baby Pancake:

German Pancakes - Dutch Baby Pancakes Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: PT20 to 25M

Yield: Small Pancake -Makes 2 servings:


Small Pancakes - Makes 2 servings:

eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup milk, room temperature
1/2 cup sifted bread flour or all-purpose flour*
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
7 teaspoons butter
Freshly-squeezed lemon juice
Powdered (confectioner's) sugar

* Bread flour is a high-protein flour.  The high protein helps the pancake rise.  All-purpose flour may be substituted but the results will nott be as spectacular.

I used my 10-inch cast iron skillet for this batch.


Medium Pancakes - Makes 4 servings:

6 eggs, room temperature
1 cup milk, room temperature
1 cup sifted bread flour or all-purpose flour*
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 tablespoons butter
Freshly-squeezed lemon juice
Powdered (confectioners') sugar

* Bread flour is a high-protein flour.  The high protein helps the pancake rise.  All-purpose flour may be substituted but the results will not be as spectacular.

I used my 10-inch cast iron skillet for this batch.


Large Pancakes - Makes 6 servings:

9 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cups milk, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sifted bread flour or all-purpose flour*
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 (1/2 cup) tablespoons butter
Freshly-squeezed lemon juice
Powdered (confectioners') sugar

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

I used my 12-inch cast iron skillet for this batch.



1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  

It is very important that you preheat your oven.  Place oven rack on the middle rack of your oven.  Place a large, heavy ovenproof frying pan or a cast iron skillet, in the oven until hot and sizzling.  While pan is heating, prepare your batter.

Use a shallow pan, not more than 3 inches deep (pie pans, cast iron skillets, oven-proof fry pans, baking dishes, paella pans).  Like I said before, I prefer using a cast iron skillet or pan because it acts as a heat reservoir, retaining the heat and distributing it evenly.

cast iron skillet

  In a large bowl or blender, beat the eggs until light and frothy; add milk, flour, vanilla extract, and cinnamon; beat for 5 minutes more.  The batter will be thin, but very smooth and creamy. You can also use your blender or Vitamixer.

Using pot holders, remove the hot skillet from the oven; add the butter; tilting the pan to melt the butter and coat the skillet.  I never remove the hot skillet from the oven, but just pull out my oven rack.

Melting Butter

3.  Pour the prepared batter into the hot skillet, all at once, and immediately return the skillet to the oven.

Pouring batter into hot skillet

4. Bake approximately 20 to 25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown (bake until the pancake puffs up around the edges - it may puff irregularly in the center.  The timing will also depend on the size of your pan or skillet.

5.  Carefully remove the pancake from the oven and serve immediately.  Either bring the pancake to the table in its pan or slide it onto a serving plate.  Once out of the oven, the pancake will begin to deflate.  I normally serve the pancake in the pan it was cooked in.

German Pancake done baking

6.  To serve, cut into serving-size wedges and transfer to individual serving plates.  Top with your favorite topping and serve immediately.  For a classic German Pancake/Dutch Baby, sprinkle with freshly squeezed lemon juice, and dust the top with powdered sugar.  See other Topping Ideas below.

Cutting German Pancake

The photo showing the thicker custard-like filling is from making the large Dutch Baby Pancake.


Topping Ideas:
Sifted powdered (confectioners) sugar
Fresh applesauce with a dash of cinnamon
Crushed pineapple, drained
Whipped cream and sliced fresh strawberries
Syrups (maple, your favorite fruit syrup, or honey)
Canned pie filling, cold or warm


Variation Ideas:

Blueberries - Pour prepared batter over approximately 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries and then place the skillet in the oven.

You could also top the cooked pancake with berries of your choice.

Comments from readers:

I just wanted to write and tell you that I had been searching for a few years for this recipe, as I was always told of the amazing German Pancakes I used to have every Sunday at a friends were a form of waffle.  Well I decided to do a search for images and put waffles in and nothing looked like the mysterious food I used to eat.  I figured what the heck, I will put pancakes in the search.  Then I seen your picture of the pancakes and I knew they had to be them!

Well I got all the ingredients last week, including the cast iron skillet, and intended on making them this weekend which I have just done about 20 minutes ago. They were delicious!!  Not as poofy as I remember, but I did the 2 to 3 serving in a 10-inch skillet and used all purpose flour.  Anyway just wanted to say thank you for the amazing easy-to-follow recipe and beautiful pictures.  This will be a regular weekend recipe for our family! – Brandi Abernethy, Ontario, Canada


Comments and Reviews

3 Responses to “German Pancake – Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe”

  1. Rosemarie Szewczyk

    This is the best German pancake recipe that I have found. Works perfect every time. Just like the ones in the restaurants. The recipe is easy to follow , easy to make and oh so easy to eat with my favorite topping….strawberries……

  2. Rhonda

    Never heard of German pancakes, never tried them before. I found this recipe and made it today. It was GREAT!
    Thank you, I will make it again! 🙂

  3. Linda

    Why is everyone calling it German pancake when the name is Dutch pancake? Dutch is from the Netherlands, Deutsch is from Germany..
    Having said that, I am Dutch and we don’t have this style of oven baked pancake, ours are like crêpes, thin and fried in a frying pan.


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