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German Apple Pancake

This German Apple Pancake is a crepe and popover like apple filled sweet breakfast that requires much less work than making individual pancakes.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine German
Diet Low Salt, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 279kcal
Author Tracy


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1- 1 1/2 cup Granny Smith apples chopped about 1 - 2 apples
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • confectioner's sugar


  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, add eggs, milk, vanilla, and sugar. Mix with a hand mixer on medium speed for 30-60 seconds until well combined and fluffy. Or blend in a blender.
  • Add flour and mix again until batter is smooth.
  • Add butter to cast iron skillet, or other oven safe skillet or dutch oven and melt either by putting in your hot oven or on stovetop over medium heat. Just melt the butter, be sure that it does not burn.
  • Fold apple into batter and then pour batter into hot cast iron.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until very puffy and edges are golden brown.
  • Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the top and sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and serve!


*Make this in either a 10 or 12 inch cast iron skillet, oven safe skillet, or Dutch oven.  
**Use either a hand mixer, blender, or vigorously whisk by hand. Be sure to incorporate air and make the batter fluffy.  
Apples: Fresh berries, reduce the apples, or even bake without fruit and top it after it's baked.
All Purpose Flour: Gluten free or other nut flours. 
Sugar: Use a sugar substitute or maple syrup, honey, or agave
Lemon Juice and Confectioner's Sugar: Berries, maple syrup, chocolate chips, whipped cream, or jam! 
We prefer this packed with apples so we use 1 1/2 cups but you could use as little as 1/2 cup, dependent upon your preference.  


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 197mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 644IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2mg