Oma's Apfelpfannkuchen ~ German Apple Pancake Recipe

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

My German Apple Pancake recipe, aka Apfelpfannkuchen, is so easy, so quick, and so absolutely wunderbar! If you have company ... this will impress them. It's easy! 

This pancake can be made with your blender. If you don't have one, use a mixer. Or, just use a whisk and bowl. Anything works! It's baked in the oven, so you're not standing there, making one pancake after the other on top of the hot stove. Surely an easy way to make delicious-tasting German food!

For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important & interesting stuff to know right below.

This recipe  easily serves 4 to 6 people for a breakfast brunch. If it's the main attraction, count on serving 4 people. Serve it with maple syrup, sausages, bacon, or your favorite pancake toppings. 

German Apple Pancake, made in oven & puffs up beautifully!

Personally, I usually leave out the brown sugar. The pancake is sweet enough ... especially when accompanied with wonderful local Canadian maple syrup!

If there are leftovers, it tastes great cold as well. :)

Check out below if you want to use buttermilk. There are also several size dishes you can use, depending on how you like your pancake. Let me show you what I mean: 

It's sort of like a soufflé. It's nicely puffed as soon as it's out of the oven, but will slowly fall as you start to serve it.

German Apple Pancake, very popular and very tasty!

I usually call everyone to the table, just before I'm ready to serve. That way, they get to see it in all its puffed splendor.

German Apple Pancake, so simple to make in your oven!

Use Buttermilk instead?

I had some buttermilk that needed to be used. I thought, "Why not this apple pancake?" I made no changes to anything else. Just subbed the buttermilk in place of the regular milk.


YUMMY! In fact, I may just plan on buying buttermilk on purpose, just for this.

The resulting pancake with the buttermilk is just a bit fluffier. Wunderbar! Here's how it looked:

German Apple Pancake, here's how to make it.

Oma's notes:

I used this recipe to show my two young granddaughters how to make pancakes. Their dad likes to make them pancakes on Sunday mornings, but this one is just a bit different from what they are used to.

It's become an "Oma" tradition when they sleep over. That's what they come to expect for a late breakfast the next morning. Late, because it's always holidays and we stay up late the night before.

Because it's usually late in the morning, this puffed oven-baked pancake filled with apples and served with maple syrup is usually all they want until an early afternoon snack.

In fact, it's become a comfort food for us. I'll often make this for supper for hubby and I after a busy day and I've not had a chance to prepare anything. The ingredients for this are always available in my pantry/fridge. Easy breezy supper that we both love.

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Dutch Baby Recipe? Really?

The recipe above is based off an authentic German Pfannkuchen recipe but is also known as Dutch baby pancake, Bismarck, Dutch puff, puffed apple pancake, caramelized apple soufflé pancake ... All interesting names for a wonderful dish!

For us, it's our Apfelpfannkuchen ~ German Apple Pancake. Whatever you call it, it's scrumptious! You'll find the center isn't fluffy, rather more custardy/or egg-y. Absolutely wunderbar!

Ready to make this German apple pancake?

Oma's Apfelpfannkuchen ~ German Apple Pancake Recipe

My German Apple Pancake recipe is so easy, so quick, and so absolutely wunderbar! If you have company ... this will impress them. It's so easy!  Just use a whisk and bowl.

It's baked in the oven, so you're not standing there making one pancake after the other on top of the hot stove.

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes

Total Time

25 minutes


Makes 4 - 6 servings


  • 6 large eggs
  • 1½ cups (360 milliliter) milk or buttermilk
  • 1 cup (130 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons (39 grams) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (3 grams) salt
  • ½ cup (114 grams) butter
  • 2 large apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons (15 grams) brown sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C).
  2. In a blender, mix eggs, milk, flour, sugar, and salt. Or, if you prefer, just put into a bowl and whisk till smooth. 
  3. Put butter in 10x13-inch baking dish (see video above for more ideas) and place dish in oven until butter is melted.
  4. Add apple slices to baking dish and leave in oven until butter sizzles. This can take about 5 minutes. Do not let apples brown.
  5. Remove baking dish from oven and pour batter over apples. Sprinkle with brown sugar (if using). Return to oven and bake 20 minutes or until browned and nicely puffed. Depending on the dish size, this can take an extra 5 to  10 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately.


  • Add 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract to batter
  • Add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon to batter
  • Add some raisins to apples
  • Use pears instead of apples
  • Wanting to make a really special German pancake? Try Kaiserschmarrn!

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03.31.2021 revision update

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German Apple Pancake, made in oven & puffs up beautifully!

Oma's Apfelpfannkuchen ~ German Apple Pancake Recipe

Oma's Apfelpfannkuchen ~ German Apple Pancake Recipe
A German Apple Pancake recipe, a scrumptious Apfelpfannkuchen that’s sure to please. Made in your oven, so it’s quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast, brunch and supper!

Ingredients: eggs, milk, flour, sugar, salt, butter, apples,

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