German pancake

May 29, 2008 at 6:01 pm 7 comments

I don’t like making pancakes usually, I find it labor intensive and messy. Yes, I have trouble juggling the act of pouring (batter), flipping, and keeping them warm. But German pancakes are ridiculously easy and foolproof every time. It’s not a pancake in the fluffy sense; it’s more like a crepe but thicker and has a crispy edge. You will need a well seasoned cast iron skillet and an oven, the physical labor ends when you pour the batter into the skillet and swirl (that is till you take it out and serve).

German pancake (adapted from Real Simple magazine)

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup yogurt(plain, and on the thin side) or milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • butter, powder sugar, and cinnamon to top (optional)

Coat cast iron skillet with the oil and place in the oven and preheat to 450º (for at least 15mins). Beat all the ingredients together till smooth. Carefully pour the batter into the hot skillet and swirl it to cover the bottom, quickly push it back into the oven. Bake for 10mins or till puffed and golden (it will deflate once out of the oven). Butter and dust with cinnamon and powder sugar.



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  • 1. scotchcart  |  May 30, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Looks doable! Something like a flat “yorkshire pudding”.

    I might try putting cream cheese/hummus and pureed spinach on top and roll it up like a swiss roll (and leaving out the sugar). Mmm, some chopped sweet red peppers in the cream cheese and we are done. Bit of salad?

  • 2. Rishat Muhametshin  |  May 30, 2008 at 9:27 am

    German pancake looks like an usual pancake, made with laziness. As any pancake, does german pancake allow serving with meat? Have you tried it? I think, it will be cool…

  • 3. maria~  |  May 30, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Looks fascinating! Have you ever had a Dutch baby before? With the legs and baby fingers and such? No no! Juz kidding.

    Dutch Baby is the specialty of the chain of Original Pancake House based in Chicago. They cook the batter in a skillet for a few minutes before putting in the oven, letting the sides puff up and rise. Yum!

  • 4. zeynepankara  |  May 30, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Looks delicious!!

  • 5. eatyet  |  May 30, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    zeynepankara- thanks

    maria- if i ever find myself in chicago i’ll definitely look out for that

    rishat muhametshin- i imagine you can definitely serve it savory with many things

    scotchcart- those sound like great ideas

    for savory pancakes, instead of sugar, i think a little more salt, maybe some smoked paprika or curry added to the batter would be nice

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  • 7. Vineet Anand  |  June 2, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Nazi pancake looks delicious!!!


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