Caramelized Apple German Pancakes

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I can remember the first time that I had German pancakes. I thought they were the most amazing pancakes ever because of the way that they puffed up while they were baking.

I still love the way the pancakes get all puffed while they’re baking. I also love how delicious they are, and these Caramelized Apple German Pancakes are especially tasty.  The cinnamon-sugar apples caramelize in the pan and create a buttery, caramel-y topping that bakes right into the pancake. They’re especially good served warm right out of the oven – no syrup needed.

Caramelized Apple German Pancake
  • 1 c. thin apple slices, peeled
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 large eggs
  1. Heat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a small bowl, toss apple slices, 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice together; set aside.
  3. Cut the butter into four pieces, and place them in a deep cast iron skillet. I use this 10-inch cast iron skillet (affiliate link) or 8x8-inch baking dish.
  4. Put the skillet or baking dish in the oven for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the butter has melted.
  5. Take the pan out of the oven; sprinkle brown sugar over the melted butter.
  6. Add apple slice mixture evenly over brown sugar.
  7. Put the pan back in the oven while you make the remaining batter.
  8. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt.
  9. Whisk in milk, and continue whisking until no flour lumps remain.
  10. Add eggs, one at a time, and whisk until incorporated.
  11. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  12. Take the pan out of the oven, and pour the batter over the apples.
  13. Bake for 18-25 minutes, or until the center is set and sides are lightly browned.
  14. The pancake with start to deflate once it is removed from the oven. Serve warm.


Caramelized Apple German Pancakes Follow Me on Pinterest adapted from The Kitchn

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  1. Muriel J Moore says

    I love German pancakes and these look like they would taste good. At this time of year only sweet apples are available, could I use Apple pie filling instead? Would love to find lingonberries like IHOP serves with theirs.

    • says

      Thanks! You could top the pancake with apple pie filling after it has baked if you would like. I think Ikea is the only place that I’ve ever found lingonberries!

  2. Terah Jenkins says

    I’ve been wanting to make a German pancake with apples since my brother made one several months ago. I found your recipe and it looked amazing! IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!! Thank you so much!

  3. Jenni says

    Hello! We made this a couple weeks ago and it was amazing! Do you think it would do well with the recipe doubled in a larger cast iron skillet?

    • says

      Thank you! Glad that you enjoyed it! I would guess that it would if the skillet was large enough to accommodate it, but I haven’t tried it. Good luck! =)

  4. Katherine says

    I made this today for my husband. We are trying to be healthy so I started out by put one slice on each of our plates. When he was finished he asked me if I wanted seconds which of corse I did… He comes back with everything that was left in the pan split between two plates. Lol. Now he is napping on the couch. We will definitely be making this again.

  5. Jen says

    Just finished eating this with my family this morning. I never made these pancakes with apples. Everyone enjoyed it. It took closer to 40 minutes to bake. It was was so easy to make…thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  6. says

    I grew up eating these pancakes ALL the time!! Yours looks amazing!
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    • says

      Good question! For the pancake, you’ll want a baking apple that will hold its shape, so I would suggest Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, or Fujis (I used Fujis). Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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