It’s chilly, and I love pancakes, so why not post two pancake recipes in one week? I certainly can’t see a reason.

german apple pancakes // warm vanilla sugar

Today I bring you a new obsession of mine: German pancakes – with apples, of course!

1. Because apples are all over the place, and
2. Apples are just plain good.


I’m not German or anything, BUT I’ve been to Germany and ate pancakes there, and these are identical in texture and flavour to the ones I had in Freiburg. OH! And sooooo freaking easy to make!

german apple pancakes // warm vanilla sugar

You essentially just pour batter into a 9×13-inch pan of sizzling butter (and apples), sprinkle with brown sugar mixture, and bake until the batter puffs out. It’s actually pretty cool. From batter to POOF! A neat looking, sliceable pancake…with powdered sugar to make it pretty.

german apple pancakes // warm vanilla sugar

I also Canadian-ized this pancake by pouring thick, friend-of-the-family made, maple syrup. Because let’s face it, the stuff you buy in the supermarket tastes like watery maple stuff. Not cool!

german apple pancakes // warm vanilla sugar

Also guys, not even lying, but if I were single and had to make an “impress the new dude” breakfast, this would be it. It’s THAT GOOD!

Luckily I have a man in my life who appreciates awesome breakfasts, so I’m covered. HI P-!



Have a great rest of your week everyone!

German Pancakes with Apples

Serving Size: 4-6


    German Pancakes:
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Apple Topping:
  • 1-2 apples (any variety), peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and move oven rack down to the bottom 1/3 of the oven.
  2. Combine sliced apples in bowl and toss with sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and lemon juice. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar and remaining cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. Combine milk, flour, eggs, and salt in medium bowl and mix until just combined.
  5. Place butter in a 13x9 inch pan sprayed with cooking spray, put in preheated oven. When butter is hot and sizzling, remove from oven and spread a thin layer of apple slices in bottom of pan (should use about 3/4 of the apples). Pour in batter, and arrange remaining apples sparingly on top. Sprinkle with brown sugar mixture. Put back in oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown and fluffy.
  6. Slice and serve hot with maple syrup and powdered sugar.


Recipe adapted from Love and Olive Oil

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32 Responses to German Pancakes with Apples

  1. I’ve never seen this kind of pancake but I already love it. Especially with the apples. So yummy!

  2. Ashley says:

    Yay for apple season! I can’t get enough of them lately. I like this – no flipping pancakes (which is not my strong point!).

  3. Oh man this looks good! I hate flipping pancakes so I love that you just pour this into a pan and bake it up 🙂 Can’t wait to surprise my hubby with a tasty breakfast.

  4. Hi Katrina, this is going to be my new obsession too! The recipe is quick and easy, one reason more to appreciate these great pancakes.

  5. Jaclyn says:

    German pancakes are the best…I just made some the other day actually! Love the apples here, looks delicious.

  6. Love apple season and love the sound of this pancake!

  7. Katrina,
    There are never too many recipes for pancakes, keep ’em coming!! Love this one!

  8. OMG, never hav seen this kind of pancakes before. Totally pinned! So easy!

  9. A girl can never have too many pancake recipes 😉 I’ve been wanting to try German pancakes for months and this recipe looks plain awesome so I think I’ll give it a go soon 😉 Looove it!

  10. Madison says:

    I haven’t tried a german pancake before but this recipe has me salivating! I must try!

  11. Becky says:

    I make a version of this using my iron skillet. So lovely and puffy when you first pull it out of the oven. I use apples in mine too. Would love to be someplace chilly right now – still mid 90’s in Texas!

  12. Monet says:

    Keep the pancakes coming! I love them, and I especially love this German variety. You can’t go wrong with apples either! Thank you for sharing. These look perfect!

  13. Joanne says:

    I ALWAYS have room in my belly for more pancakes!! Especially if they are thick and delicious and stuffed with apples. Mmmmm.

  14. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    These look incredible! I love the way the whole batch is ready in one go, that would be really handy if entertaining!

  15. Heather says:

    So pretty! I have never had a German Pancake before, the method is super simple, I need to get on this soon – I agree there is nothing better than locally tapped maple syrup, we would never consider stocking anything but in our house!

  16. I want that, it looks so delicious and the best thing it’s easy. Great idea.

  17. These look SO beautiful. Definitely going to give these a try!

  18. Now this is my kind of pancake! Looks perfectly delicious and irresistible for breakfast, Katrina!

  19. Oooh this looks and sounds (and I can almost smell it!) so wonderful. I love how every culture has its own version of a pancake. I’ve never made a German one before, but now I might!

  20. Sophie says:

    Looking delicious! I’ll try it for sure!

  21. I’ve never seen these before! They look so good… I definitely have to try them. Yum!

  22. Oh my gosh… this looks like the best breakfast EVER!

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  25. Sarah says:

    AMAZING! I just baked this for my boyfriend and we both loved it! With it being a few days after the holidays, we had some leftover eggnog which I put in substitution of some of the milk. And I couldn’t help but nibble on some apple slices as I was cutting them up and putting them in the bowl. Just a great recipe! Can’t wait to make it again!

  26. Becky says:

    Hey, I’m german, but I haven’t seen such pancakes before, but they’re looking great and pretty easy and fast to make.
    Best greetings, Becky

    • katrina says:

      haha I get it – there are a few “Canadian” things that I keep discovering all the time. I worked with the nicest German girl in Switzerland who used to make me these sometimes on the weekends. I love them!

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