Known for their delectable texture and sweet flavor, German pancakes or Dutch baby pancakes are one of the most delicious breakfast options. These pancakes puff up in the pan and the garnishing of sweet syrups and powdered sugar is added for an irresistible sweet flavor.
The German pancakes are officially known as Dutch Baby pancakes.
They are perfect or a lazy morning breakfast dish, and they are easy to whip up and uses a handful of pantry staple ingredients.
What Is A German Pancake?
Officially known as Dutch Baby pancakes, German pancakes are baked pancakes made with the combination of eggs, milk, and flour while vanilla essence adds the aromatic and delicious flavor.
These pancakes can be baked in cast iron or metal pans, or baking dish. And when put in the oven, they puff up and become thinner when they are cooled down.
Nonetheless, they have a deliciously puffy and sweet flavor. It can be easily prepared with a few basic ingredients and will take only half an hour to prepare.
It feeds a large family, and it can be served for an impromptu breakfast or brunch.
Origin Of Dutch Baby Pancakes
The Dutch Baby pancakes are of German origin and were derived from puffy pancakes. According to history, Victor Manca named these pancakes Dutch Baby when he started serving the smaller versions of their Dutch pancakes – it all started at Manca’s Café, a restaurant in Seattle.
These pancakes are known for croissant-like and crispy edges while the central part has a thick and custardy texture.
The pancakes are eggy and buttery with a slight sweetness. However, some chefs add vanilla essence to add flavor and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice adds the tang that will surely refresh you.
On the other hand, if you want sweetness, you can always add powdered sugar and honey or maple syrup to add much-needed sweetness.
To see the full list of the ingredients, keep scrolling down to the recipe card to see all the ingredients that were included with the exact measurements and step-by-step instructions.
For now, here’s a quick list of the ingredients you’ll need to make these pancakes.
- Large Eggs – Best to use room temperature eggs as they are easily mixed with soft butter. Room temperature eggs also helps to provide a smooth textured batter.
- Milk – Use whole milk or proffered milk. Use milk that’s lukewarm as it will work well with the eggs.
- Salt and Sugar – The salt will balance out the sugar.
- One cup of all-purpose flour.
- Room Temperature Butter – Use unsalted butter.
- Almond or Vanilla Extract – Help the flavors pop.
- All-Purpose Flour – Used to thicken the batter. Also helps your pancakes becoming thin German pancakes.
How To Make German Pancakes?
Learning how to make German pancakes is very simple. Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
While the oven is preheating, use a 9 inches x 13 inches dish and add butter to the pan. Place the baking dish in the oven and allow it to melt while the oven come to temperature (preheat). Remove the baking dish when the butter melts.
In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, a whisk, or food processor combine the eggs, vanilla or almond extract, and sugar.
Then add in the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.
Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 25 minutes.
Dust with powder sugar and top with your favorite fruits. Serve and enjoy!
PANCAKE TOPPING OPTIONS
In addition, you can always customize and experiment with the toppings to create different flavors. In fact, the pancakes are baked, which creates a comforting and cozy ambiance for slow days.
Here are a few of our favorite toppings:
Cream cheese frosting
Melted Nutella or chocolate
Frequently Asked Question(s)
Unlike American Pancakes, there are a lot more eggs that’s added in German pancakes. No need to worry about baking soda and baking powder as the eggs will step in to serve that purpose while baking.
The batter is thinner for German Pancakes and as soon as the pancake is removed from the oven, it immediately deflates. Unlike American Pancakes, German Pancakes or Dutch Baby Pancakes also have a fluffy golden outer edge/crust.
The pancakes are extremely delicious and have only a five-minute preparation period and they will be ready to be served within thirty minutes.
Pro Tips To Prepare These Pancakes
When it comes down to preparing these pancakes, you’ve to be extremely careful and we are sharing some tips that will ensure the pancakes turn out perfect.
- I find that sifting the flour prior to adding it to the egg mixture, give the pancake a lighter consistency.
- Make sure you preheat the oven and melt the butter in the oven to make sure the pan is properly greased. Also, the batter should be poured into the pan when it’s still hot.
- Do not use too much butter as it will give the cake a custard texture.
- Always mix the ingredients properly to ensure they are evenly mixed (you can use a blender to mix the ingredients).
- It’s recommended that you serve the pancakes as soon as they come out of the oven if you really want to enjoy the real texture.
- Be sure that the entire pan is coated with butter to avoid the pancake from sticking to the pan
- The leftover pancakes must be stored in the refrigerator, but you have to use an airtight container. Also, the refrigerated pancakes will remain fresh for three to four days.
The German pancakes (Dutch baby pancake) are delicious on their own, but you can always accentuate the flavor by sprinkling powdered sugar and maple syrup.
In addition, you can add a bit of lemon juice. However, if you want more sweetness, add a dollop of whipped cream, banana slices, and berries.
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German Pancakes (Dutch Baby Pancakes)
- Baking Dish
- 1 Cup All-purpose flour
- 8 Eggs Room temperature
- 1 Cup Milk Lukewarm
- ¼ tsp. Kosher Salt
- 6 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
- 1 Tsp. Almond extract Or Vanilla Extract
- ¼ Cup Granulated Sugar
- Powder Sugar For Dusting (Optional)
- Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.While the oven is preheating, use a 9 inches x 13 inches dish and add butter to the pan. Place the baking dish in the oven and allow it to melt while the oven come to temperature (preheat). Remove the baking dish when the butter melts.
- In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, a whisk, or food processor combine the eggs, milk, vanilla or almond extract, and sugar. Then add in the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 25 minutes.Dust with powder sugar and top with your favorite fruits. Serve and enjoy!
- Sift the flour prior to adding it to the egg mixture to give the pancake a lighter consistency.
- Do not use too much butter as it will give the cake a custard texture. Use no more than 6 tbsp.
- Be sure that the entire pan is coated with butter to avoid the pancake from sticking to the pan.
- Serve the pancake right away as it will deflate quickly.