The absolute best German Pancakes recipe! Only six simple ingredients and five minutes to prepare, this easy breakfast is a sure family favorite!
A slice of German Pancakes on a white plate with powdered sugar and syrup on top, served with strawberries and blueberries.

German Pancakes was one of my favorite breakfasts growing up, and I’ve loved watching it become one of my kids’ favorite breakfasts now. They love how the german pancakes puff up in the pan while they cook in the oven.

Top them with powdered sugar and syrup and they’re to die for!
If these are new to you (as they were to my husband, Jeff), make them! Make them NOW! You wont regret it. 🙂

What are German Pancakes?

German pancakes, often called Dutch Baby pancakes are baked pancakes made from eggs, milk, flour and vanilla. The pancakes are baked in a metal or cast iron pan, puff up in the oven and then fall as they cool.

How to make German Pancakes:
  1. Add 5 tablespoons of butter to a 9×13 inch baking and place it in your preheating oven to melt.
  2. Meanwhile, add the eggs, milk, flour, salt and vanilla to a blender; cover and blend until smooth. Pour batter into the baking dish, over the melted butter.

Overhead photo of a metal pan with slices of butter in it, next to another photo of the pan with the butter melted and batter for German pancakes being poured on top.

3. Bake until the edges are golden brown and puffy, about 22-27 minutes.

4. Serve warm, sprinkle generously with powdered sugar and syrup.

A metal 9x13 inch pan with baked german pancakes in it, sprinkled with powdered sugar and syrup.

I’ve found that the pancakes puff up more when baked in a metal pan, but a glass pan also works.
We love to serve German pancakes with homemade pancake syrup and powdered sugar, but many people like them served with fresh squeezed lemon, butter or fruit toppings.
A German pancake on a plate with a fork taking a bite out, served with syrup, powdered sugar and berries.
CONSIDER TRYING THESE BREAKFAST FAVORITES:

Classic French Toast

Easy Homemade Egg Benedict

Breakfast Quessadillas

Egg and Sausage Breakfast Taquitos

Buttermilk Pancakes

 

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Recipe

A slice of German Pancakes on a white plate with powdered sugar and syrup on top, served with strawberries and blueberries.
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins
Total 30 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 Tablespoons butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 
  • As oven preheats, put the butter in an un-greased 9x13-in. baking dish and place in oven, just until melted.  
  • Place the eggs, milk, flour, salt and vanilla in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Pour batter into baking dish, over melted butter. 
  • Bake, for 22-27 minutes or until edges are golden brown and puffy.
  • To serve, sprinkle generously with powdered sugar and syrup

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 10gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 231mgSodium: 197mgPotassium: 164mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 720IUCalcium: 92mgIron: 2.1mg

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*I first shared this recipe in October 2010. Updated October 2018.

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  1. 5 stars
    I used convection the 4th time I made this recipe and got fluffier (…er…yes) German pancakes that seemed to have more body too.

    So delicious, either way.

    Served with wild blueberries, and pure maple syrup, our sour cream/brown sugar staple that we normally reserve for use on crepes, and a sprinkle of powdered sugar/cinnamon on top.

    Did I say this was breakfast?

  2. 5 stars
    So delicious, quick & easy!! I made this according to directions with just a smidge more vanilla (maybe 2 teaspoons) and did 3 pinches of salt since I used unsalted butter and it was divine! I served with powdered sugar, maple syrup, & fresh berries and it made them a perfect combination of sweet & savory. Thank you for posting this recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    I discovered German Pancakes a couple years ago at a breakfast restaurant by my house and fell in love. Only problem. My boyfriend was not a fan at all. He was a trooper though. Went with me a handful of times trying different items the place has to offer but never liking anything he got. The restaurant is on the more expensive side and I got tired of wasting money so I had to find a recipe to make my own. All throughout the internet numerous recipes. Kept searching til I found the one with the correct dish, correct ingredients and voila here it is. I love love love this recipe. It is a favorite in my house. The boyfriend who disliked them from the restaurant now requests them for dinner at times. I make as directed. Once finished I butter the individual serving. Mine gets fresh squeezed lemons and powdered sugar and my boyfriend likes fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
    My mother in-law requested something savory for the next time I make them…
    Definitely a treat in my house. So glad I found this recipe!

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