German Pancakes – Weekend Cooking

Posted 19 November, 2011 by Trish in In the Kitchen / 35 Comments

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Scott and I cook breakfast every Sunday. Never on Saturday but always on Sunday. It’s one of my favorite meals of the entire week because we’re both in the kitchen together whipping stuff up. He makes the best eggs in the world (lately he’s been telling Elle that I married him for his eggs–which might be true), and I usually make the waffle/pancake/french toast bit of the meal.

One of my favorite breakfast dishes to make is German Pancakes. My mom made this for us growing up and I love the delicious, buttery taste. And so easy!

German Pancakes

4 eggs

1 cup milk

2 tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
½ cup flour
1/4 cup butter

Preheat oven to 425°.

 Beat eggs with a whisk and add milk. Whisk until mixed together and eggs froth a little. Add sugar and salt.  Slowly add flour and mix well.

Melt butter in a 9 x 9” pan. Pour batter into pan with butter. Bake 18-20 minutes or until cooked all the way through.  Should puff up, but eat it quickly because it’ll deflate fast! Serve with maple syrup, fruit, whipped cream, etc.

Serves 4 people.

Below is the recipe I jotted down from my mom when I went off to college 12 years ago. Can you believe that I never transferred it to a real recipe book–or even to the actual sheet? Honestly I think I might lose the recipe if I remove that sticky note.  (Please note that the recipe I include in this post is a little modified from the sticky note below…and yes, ignore the spelling and scratches!)

Do you have any favorite breakfast meals at your house?

Every weekend, Beth Fish Reads hosts Weekend Cooking.  “Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs.”  Hope you’ll join the fun!

35 Responses to “German Pancakes – Weekend Cooking”

  1. If you transferred off the the sticky note it might not turn out as good. LOL. I bet seeing that recipe just the way it is makes you smile.

  2. My mother was just talking about a restaurant my parents went to when they lived in Virginia that served German pancakes and how much she loved them. I’m going to send her your recipe!

  3. Oh this looks so good – I think I’ll have to try this on Sunday! Thanks for sharing. Breakfast is one of my favorite meals!!!

  4. I saw this post about half an hour before lunch – perfect. I whipped up a batch and it was yummy. I just put syrup on today, but can picture it as a wonderful Christmas morning dish, with fresh fruit and whipped cream. It’s a blend of pancake and french toast, mmm.

  5. Weekend breakfasts are the best! I’ve never heard of German pancakes, but your picture has convinced me to give this a try. Love the sticky note recipe :-)

  6. Okay, I lied. I could not wait until tomorrow…I just made this for me and Kip for breakfast and it was YUMMY! Next time, I will be sure to have some strawberries and blueberries to heap on top!

  7. What do you mean by melting the butter in the pan? Couldn’t one just melt the butter in the microwave in a separate dish and then pour the butter in?

    Also, is there a way to make for just one person?

  8. I still have the recipe my brother typed up for me for my mom’s sugar cookies for Christmas, on the original sheet he printed. They include a bunch of “extra” stuff and I would never want to get rid of it. :D

  9. I love German Pancakes! Yours looks so good. Mine never look that good. My recipe calls for me to blend together in a blender and I wonder if that is the difference. hmm. I will be trying yours this weekend though. It looks too good to forget about. In fact, I am going to make these for lunch today.

  10. For all the people wondering about halving it, or making it for one: I could easily have eaten more than my 1/4 piece I got. I was hoping one of the kids wouldn’t like it so I could eat theirs. Half a recipe is really only 2 eggs, a reasonable portion, depending on what else you eat with it.

    Also, I made mine in a 11X 7 pan, and it worked great.

  11. This looks so good. I’m sure my kids would love it. Thanks for sharing.

    I love the post-it. I still have my clam chowder recipe that I wrote on the back of a shopping list ten years ago. I should probably do something about that. :)

  12. *Beth F – It definitely wouldn’t be the same cooking this recipe from a typed list–some recipes are better handed down. ;)

    *Bermuda – You know, I’m always nervous posting recipes on the blog in case they don’t turn out for someone else–but I hope your mother enjoys these!

    *Nan – Now if I could just master those other recipes my mom passed down to me! :)

    *Wendy – Isn’t breakfast the best? I also enjoy breakfast for dinner.

    *Raidergirl – I’m so glad it turned out well for you!! And sometimes I do add a bit of cinnamon to the recipe–your french toast comment made me think of that. Never had with fruit or whipped cream, but I bet it would be yummy!

    *JoAnn – I’m not sure where this recipe originated from, but it is yummy. Though once the dish has been out of the oven it does deflate a bit. Picture might be a little deceiving. ;)

    *Wendy – YAY!!! I’m SO glad that you enjoyed it. :D

    *Melissa – Yes, I usually melt the butter in the microwave first and then add to the pan. Will make note–thanks. And not sure about halving the recipe. I don’t see why not!

    *Amanda – Yup, sometimes those little scraps can be such treasures!

    *One Experience – I hope you enjoy them–it’s so hard to describe the taste–not very eggy or pancakey. It’s a bit sweet even though there isn’t a lot of sugar–great with syrup.

    *Terri – I’d love to know the difference in recipes–maybe yours is better! ;) Not sure where my mom got hers from. And I’m going to try the powdered sugar and lemon tomorrow. Mmmm!

    *Raidergirl – LOL!!! Sometimes my husband and I will eat the entire 9×9 pan ourselves. Of course depending on what else we have to eat. And does that mean the kiddos enjoyed, too? I’m thrilled!

    *Kristi – Very easy breakfast! And too funny about your clam chowder! I did transfer many of my scrap recipes into my recipe scrapbook (almost done!), but couldn’t bare to move this one…

    *Michelle – OK–your comment isn’t here but I got an email comment notification. How weird is that?!?! Anyway, I notice that when I whip the eggs a little more then the recipe comes out fluffier, and I cook for longer than the directions call for (sticky note says 12-15 minutes but I cook usually for 20 minutes or more!). It’s really fluffy when I take it out of the oven, but right after I snapped this picture it deflated. All tastes the same, right? Interesting about the blender. I’d be WAY too lazy to make it if a blender was required. ;)

  13. I had never heard of German pancakes. I have had Dutch pancakes, however, which have dried fruit in them. They were delicious, and very filling.

  14. This looks almost like Yorkshire pudding although I think that’s probably slightly different again.

    We in the Netherlands (Dutch pancakes indeed) cook the batter a ladle at a time in a frying pan and get nice, thin (but not as thin as the French ones) pancakes.

    The ones Susan refers to may be the same but then with raisins or if she went to a restaurant you’d get one the size of a large pizza, and quite thick. A bit sickly. :-)

  15. I keep little scraps of recipes as well…I’ve got them in clear sleeves of a binder with the recipe itself typed up…one day I’ll frame them and hang them in my kitchen :)

  16. I usually never read the recipes that pop-up on book blogs, but the picture on this one looked great. I’m going to give these a try, maybe tomorrow morning.

    I have the week off.

    In case I don’t get a chance to stop by here again this week, Happy Thanksgiving.

  17. My mom used to make German Pancakes occasionally…haven’t had ’em since I was a kid! I want to know why they’re called pancakes when there’s only one of them?

  18. Mmmm…this sounds mighty yummy! I’d have to make two to feed this crowd though. Especially if the boys liked it–sheesh, can they put away the food!

    I love your little post-it! A definite keeper!!! I have a few hand-written recipes I found stuck in the pages of my Grandma’s cookbooks, and even though they’re not recipes I’ll ever make, I could never get rid them.

  19. HOLY CRAP YUM! And you’re right about the easiness. I will have to give these a go. I’m getting burned out on Sunday morning frittata.

  20. Hi Trish!
    I haven’t had German Pancakes in AGES! I may have to try this one day soon.

    I think you need to keep the recipe on the post it note just like this forever. Heaven forbid if you ever lose it, at least it’s here on your blog! : )

  21. This looks wonderful. Will have to jot down the recipe. I have tried variations before, but with so-so results. After reading the various comments I want to make it tonight. Thanks.

  22. *Lisa – I hope you enjoyed the German Pancakes if you made them!

    *Susan Bennett – Mmmm, I love the idea of dried fruit in pancakes. Yum.

    *Leeswammes – Mmmm, I love French Crepes, but I don’t trust my cooking skills to attempt cooking batter in a frying pan one ladle at a time! (though I guess that does sound a bit like my “regular” pancakes). But a pancake the size of a pizza! Goodness!

    *Peppermint PhD – That’s a great idea to type up the recipe but still keep the sticky note with it! Hadn’t thought to do that.

    *CB James – I hope you enjoy the German Pancakes! And I have to admit that they don’t always look quite so beautiful, but isn’t that the way it usually works when you cook from a cook book? ;) Have a wonderful week off!

    *Jenny Girl – LOL! I think if I retyped this recipe I’d probably mess it up as well—even though I don’t even really follow it. But little treasures, right?

    *Softdrink – Hmmmm, yes, why wouldn’t it just be German Pancake. Good point. :P

    *Debi – Yes, I would definitely recommend doubling the batch for your group! And I’m afraid that the boys will probably continue on that way for several years. We all did a double take last night when my brother ordered two hamburgers at dinner! Your handwritten recipes in your Grandmother’s cookbook definitely sound like treasures!

    *Cynni – I’ve actually been doing lots of cooking lately! Just not a lot of blogging… ;)

    *Lisa – Hmmmm, not sure how this one would turn out with two eggs. Enough for you but probably not anyone else! Really good with syrup.

    *Andi – I like making this one because it means I’m usually except from making bacon (which I hate making). Definitely easy—frittata sounds tough!

    *Christine – It is very tasty—I hope you enjoy. And yes, definitely don’t want to lose the sticky note! Though I’m guessing my mom wouldn’t mind if I called her up and asked for the recipe again :)

    *Heather – If you enjoy or have any suggestions, let me know! I like to cook mine for a little bit longer because it puffs up more, but the pan does deflate quickly. Enjoy!

    *Carolsnotebook – I’ve never had them except for this recipe—curious how the other recipes differ! But it’s definitely an easy dish to make.

  23. Had to tell you. I made this on Thanksgiving morning and it was delicious. Thanks so much for the recipe, it’s one I’ll be holding on to.