German Pancakes


German pancakes are a childhood favorite of mine. Golden pan-style egg dish, with lots of big bubbles while baking. We eat these every Sunday morning. Serve with maple syrup.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

This German pancake recipe is light, fluffy, and easy to make with ingredients you likely already have on hand. 

How to Make German Pancakes

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

What Is a German Pancake? 

A German pancake (a.k.a. a Dutch baby) is similar to a large Yorkshire pudding. Unlike other types of pancakes, German pancakes are baked in the oven instead of fried on the stove. They also don’t contain leaving ingredients, such as baking powder or baking soda. 

German Pancake Ingredients

These are the simple, pantry staple ingredients you’ll need to make this German pancake recipe: 

  • Butter: This German pancake recipe starts with butter melted in a baking dish. 
  • Flour: All-purpose flour creates structure and helps hold the batter together. 
  • Milk: Whole milk adds moisture and richness. 
  • Eggs: Whole eggs add more moisture. Plus, they help bind the pancake batter together.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the overall flavor of the German pancake.

How to Make Homemade German Pancakes

Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make German pancakes at home: 

Melt the butter in a baking dish, make the batter, pour the batter into the baking dish, and bake the German pancake until golden brown. 

How to Store German Pancakes

If you have leftovers, you can store the German pancakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. 

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“Very easy and impressive breakfast,” raves Debra Stevens. “Needed a touch more salt for us. Served with cinnamon apples. Delicious!”

“Yummy,” according to Liz Blanchard-Mari. “Added some powdered sugar and blueberries at the end and a dollop of whipped cream because.....why not?”

“So easy and so delicious,” says Daniel Seaman. “You just blend and bake and it takes almost no time or effort and it is so good!!!”

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup milk

  • 6 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Melt butter in a medium baking dish.

  2. Mix flour, milk, eggs, and salt in a medium bowl. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

  3. Bake on center rack in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until golden brown.

    close up view of a German Pancake on a plate

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

236 Calories
14g Fat
18g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 236
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 210mg 70%
Sodium 190mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 153mg 3%

* 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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