German Pear Pancake


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

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
1 large puffed pancake


  • 2 large firm pears, cored and cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices

  • ½ cup white sugar, divided

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon zest

  • ¼ cup butter, sliced

  • 6 large eggs

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar, or to taste


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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 (per serving)

265 Calories
11g Fat
36g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 265
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 227mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 181mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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