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Grandma’s German Pancakes – Barefeet in the Kitchen


Have you tried German Pancakes? Served with Grandma’s orange sauce, they’re unforgettable. They are basically the world’s easiest to make giant popovers.

These pancakes are baked in the oven, where they rise tall and they gently fall, instead of being cooked on a griddle like traditional pancakes.

German Pancake on blue plate with berries

German Pancakes

I remember my grandmother waking early in the morning to start breakfast before anyone else was awake. We’d come downstairs and she’d already be working in the kitchen.

I’d peek through the oven door as the German pancakes rose so beautifully in the oven. German pancakes are a cross between a souffle and an omelet.

German pancakes with strawberries on blue plate

What is a Dutch Baby?

These are light airy pancakes with a unique taste. Often called Dutch baby pancakes, these are a real treat and a fun breakfast for a lazy weekend.

Have you made these? German pancakes rise amazingly high and then fall once they are removed from the oven. As a child, it was always exciting to watch the process. I waited years to attempt making them myself.

Once I discovered just how simple they are to make, I had to restrain myself from making them far too often. We love them with powdered sugar, or maple syrup, but my grandmother’s Orange Sauce is our favorite topping of all.

The sides of the pancake will rise high over the rim of the pie plate, as pictured below.

German Pancakes on plate with berries

German Pancake Ingredients

  • eggs
  • kosher salt
  • milk
  • all-purpose flour
  • butter
  • cinnamon
German Pancakes poured into pie plate

German Pancake Recipe

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Whisk together milk, flour, and salt until smooth. Add the eggs and beat well.

Melt the butter in a pie plate in the hot oven. When it is bubbling hot, using hot pads, tilt to cover the bottom and sides of the pie plate.

Quickly pour in the egg mixture and sprinkle with cinnamon.

German pancakes puffed up tall right out of the oven

Bake for 15 minutes. The sides of the pancake will rise high over the rim of the pie plate. Remove from the oven and serve immediately. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and/or serve with Orange Sauce.

For my family, I triple this recipe and we polish off all of it! Three pie plates fit on my oven rack and bake at the same time.

German pancake with orange sauce on vintage blue plate

Favorite Family Recipes

For another breakfast that you’ll absolutely love, try the very popular perfect-every-time waffles and Grandma’s Waffle Sauce.

Aunt Judy’s Almond Bars are tender, lightly sweetened shortbread-like bars that are so good, you’ll find yourself doubling the recipe every single time you make them. The bars are topped with sliced almonds and an almond glaze – absolutely no one can resist them.

Layers of cream cheese, berries, and buttery pretzels add up to the Strawberry Pretzel Salad recipe that is loved by adults and kids alike. The pretzel crust adds a salty-sweet layer to this dessert that makes it irresistible. I first tasted this bit of heaven at my Aunt Judy’s house several years ago. It really was quite the experience.

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Servings: 2 servings

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  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Whisk together milk, flour, and salt until smooth. Add the eggs and beat well.

  • Melt the butter in a pie plate in the hot oven. When it is bubbling hot, using hot pads, tilt to cover the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Quickly pour in the egg mixture and sprinkle with cinnamon.

  • Bake for 15 minutes. The sides of the pancake will rise high over the rim of the pie plate. Remove from the oven and serve immediately. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and/or serve with Orange Sauce.

Calories: 296kcal · Carbohydrates: 18g · Protein: 12g · Fat: 19g · Saturated Fat: 10g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g · Monounsaturated Fat: 6g · Trans Fat: 0.5g · Cholesterol: 281mg · Sodium: 490mg · Potassium: 179mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 2g · Vitamin A: 773IU · Vitamin C: 0.01mg · Calcium: 96mg · Iron: 2mg

{originally published 8/17/11 – recipe notes and photos updated 8/17/22}

Strawberries with German pancake on blue plate


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