German Homemade Pancakes Recipe – Oma's Pfannkuchen

This German homemade pancakes recipe, aka Pfannkuchen, is so easy to make. It's very traditional for either breakfast, lunch, or a light supper and can even be used as a dessert!

If you're looking for a simple pancake recipe, then try my Mutti's recipe!

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Total Time

20 minutes


Makes 3 - 4 servings


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1½ cups milk
  • ½ cup flour, all-purpose
  • pinch salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • pinch baking powder (optional)
  • oil or butter for frying


  1. In a bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
  2. Slowly mix in flour. Add pinch of salt, sugar, and baking powder.
  3. Batter should be fairly thin.
  4. Heat oil in frying pan and pour in a ladle of batter.
  5. Fry until golden (only takes about one minute) and then turn, frying second side until golden.
  6. Keep warm (in a warm oven) until all pancakes are done.


  • Serve spread with jelly and rolled up.
  • Serve with syrup and butter.
  • Serve with fruit or fruit spread.
  • Experiment with this pancake batter recipe by adding chopped apples, blueberries, chocolate chips, etc., creating your own best pancake recipes!
  • Add a bit of vanilla or almond extract to the batter (thanks Connie, for the reminder!)
  • Adding the baking powder was my Mutti's addition to make these even better. You can leave it out if you wish. 

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11.23.2022 revision update