This delicious German-style pancake is traditionally made with apples, but pears are a delightful variation. Serve with maple syrup or creme fraiche.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
one large puffed pancake
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Toss pear slices with 1/4 cup white sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest to coat.

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  • Arrange butter in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet and place on the center rack of the oven. Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Remove skillet from oven once the butter has just melted, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Beat eggs in a large bowl until frothy; add milk, 1/4 cup white sugar, vanilla extract, and salt and mix until just combined. Sift flour into egg mixture and stir until batter is just mixed.

  • Stir pear slices into the melted butter and spread into a single layer. Pour batter over pears.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until pancake is set in the middle, the sides have risen, and the bottom is browned, 28 to 30 minutes. Top pancake with confectioners' sugar.

Cook's Note:

Using a preheated, cast-iron skillet will distribute heat evenly and produce a superior, well-browned, nicely textured pancake.

Nutrition Facts

265 calories; protein 7.6g 15% DV; carbohydrates 35.5g 12% DV; fat 10.7g 16% DV; cholesterol 157.8mg 53% DV; sodium 226.5mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2018
Yummy! I changed my previous 4 star rating to 5 stars. Followed recipe exactly except I started the cooking at 425 for the first 7 minutes then turned it down to 400 for the last 23 minutes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/21/2014
This was an oily flan- like floppy concoction. I followed the recipe to a tee and it just isn't something I find at all palatable. Read More
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26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2015
Followed recipe exactly. Came out delicious! Custard-like fruity but not too sweet. Great for breakfast. Will add more pear next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2018
Yummy! I changed my previous 4 star rating to 5 stars. Followed recipe exactly except I started the cooking at 425 for the first 7 minutes then turned it down to 400 for the last 23 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2015
Tasty easy to make. I sprinkled nutmeg over just before putting in oven. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2016
Baked it in cast iron skillet. Needed 10 minutes extra cooking time. Substituted one thinly sliced apple for pear. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2014
This basic German pancake recipe is a very nice twist using Pears. I diced 3 large pears because I like fruit in every bite. That's the only change I made. I will make this again. It's easy and so yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2018
I made this in a 9x13, so I increased the butter to a stick. I used a can of sliced Peaches because it is winter in MN. I increased the flour to 1.5 cups and added 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, I would even increase to 1 tsp of baking powder. I would make this recipe this way again and again. It was perfect. Sometimes the oven pancake dish can be too custardy for my liking. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/21/2014
This was an oily flan- like floppy concoction. I followed the recipe to a tee and it just isn't something I find at all palatable. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2015
THIS ROCKS! My family absolutely inhaled this! A definite keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2020
Great recipe. I followed some of the recommendations. Added 1/2 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and nutmeg. Then did 7 minutes at 425 and 23 minutes at 400. Turned out great. Thanks for all the recommendations Read More
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