Thursday, July 12, 2012

German Apple Pancake

German Apple Pancake recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

I made this for dinner last week and liked it so much that I have already made it again. My family loves German Pancakes; traditional, grain or gluten free. However you make them, German Pancakes are always delicious.

This version is one of my favorites. Sweet enough from the apples, all the finished pancake required was a light dusting of powdered sugar. I tried a bite with maple syrup and it was delicious, but I still liked it best on its own.

* I tripled this recipe for my family and it easily served six for a dinner or a breakfast. I baked ours in both a pie plate and a 9x13 dish.

German Apple Pancakes - Gluten Free or Not
Yield: 2 servings
(printable recipe)

1/3 cup flour (see note below for GF version)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup milk
3 eggs
2 tablespoons butter
1 small apple, cored and very thinly sliced
slightly heaped tablespoon light brown sugar
dash of cinnamon
scant 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. In a  small saucepan, combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Stir to combine and cook over medium heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally. While the
apples are cooking, whisk together the flour, salt and milk. Add the eggs, whisk again and set aside. Place the butter in a glass pie plate and melt in the oven.

When the butter has melted, carefully remove the hot dish from the oven and turn to coat bottom and sides with the melted butter. Add the cooked apples to the butter and then pour the pancake mixture over the apples.

Return the pan to the oven and reduce heat to 425 degrees. Bake for 18 minutes; the sides of the pancake will rise over the rim of the pie plate and brown slightly. Using hot pads, remove from the oven and place a large plate on top of the pancake. Invert the pie plate over the plate to release the pancake. Dust with powdered sugar, slice and serve. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Flour: Mix together 2/3 cup brown rice flour and 1/3 cup tapioca starch. Use 1/3 cup of this flour for each batch of pancakes that you make. Store the extra flour in the freezer and use wherever a small amount of flour is called for in a recipe.

German Apple Pancake recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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  1. I have always wanted to try a German pancake! This looks delicious!

  2. I have never tried German pancakes! It looks like something I definitely need to add to my list!

  3. I'm with Carrie and Pam on this one - I've never tried a German pancake but I've always wanted to. It looks amazing. You must have the best fed family in Arizona. Hope you have a nice quiet weekend - and get to stay home a while.

  4. Gorgeous, and one of my favorite

  5. We are making this tonight. I can see why you liked it so much. It looks absolutely delicious!

  6. looks absolutley wonderful! love that there's so much apple in it!
    Mary x

  7. Not fair, I so want to try this out right now! But there is no way I'm turning my oven on or the house will be unbearable tonight. *sigh* I'll just have to wait until it cools off a bit. ☺

  8. I've always wanted to try this!

  9. Very tasty! We like German apple pancakes a lot too.

  10. When you mentioned maple syrup, I bet it would be really good if you took a mix of apple jelly and syrup, heated it to blend and poured it over the pancakes.

  11. Tried this recipe last week, since I never had a German pancake before. It came out ok. But I thought 3 eggs were an overkill, it tasted like a cross between a pancake and an omelet. Will try again with 1 egg.

    1. Hi Yevgenia,
      German Pancakes are a cross between a souffle and an omelette. There is typically a strong egg flavor and texture. If you weren't a fan of the eggs, I would recommend trying a more traditional pancake recipe instead. I'm not sure if simply reducing the eggs will work to create a pancake you would enjoy more. If you do try it, please let me know how it works for you. Good luck!

  12. Perfect recipe :) Family loved it

  13. Just made this for breakfast. Yuuummmmo

  14. I have been making Cooking Light's version for several years. The German Pancakes with apples are the favorite although pears, etc., would be good. I like your addition of lemon juice to it. This looks so good and somewhat easier than Cooking Light's version. Thanks for the good recipe and have a good holiday.

  15. Made this yesterday with a side of bacon.... It was awesome!


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