I love German Pancakes also known as Dutch Baby Pancakes or Dutch Babies. They are light, eggy, and oh so yummy. I love how they puff up in the oven. And they are super easy to make!
German pancakes or Dutch babies are essentially a large American popover. It is very similar to a Yorkshire pudding. Instead of being cooked on a pan like a traditional crepe or pancake, these are baked in the oven. It also contains no baking soda or baking powder. It gets its leavening properties from the eggs. While not truly a German pancake we still call it that here in the States! These are one of the first things I learned how to make way back in my 8th-grade cooking class.
Serve them with syrup, lemon juice, powdered sugar, or any number of other toppings. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get baking!
Step 1: Gather the ingredients and tools
In order to make German pancakes or Dutch Babies you need just a few simple ingredients:
- Butter – This will coat the pan and cover the outside of the pancake as it puffs up.
- Eggs – The eggs are the reason these puff up. Since there is no baking soda or baking powder in the batter. Also they are meant to have a slightly eggy taste to them.
- Milk – I generally like to use whole milk but other milk can be used as well.
- Flour – I always use all-purpose flour also known as plain flour.
- Salt – The salt will enhance the other ingredients.
- Sugar – White granulated sugar is an optional ingredient to make the German pancakes a bit more sweet.
- Vanilla Extract – The vanilla extract will add flavor and enhance the flavors of the other ingredients. It is an optional ingredient along with the sugar.
- Whisk or blender or hand mixer
- 9×13″ baking pan or cast iron skillet which is used often
- Large Bowl
Step 2: How to make German Pancakes or Dutch Babies
Begin by preheating the oven to 400 F/204 C. Add the eggs to a large bowl along with the milk, sugar, and vanilla extract if you are using those optional ingredients. Whisk them all together until well combined. Alternatively, you could also do it in a blender, or use a hand mixer.
Then combine the salt and the flour together in a small bowl. Next add that dry ingredients to the batter. Again whisking until well combined. It will be runny and will resemble crepe batter.
Step 3: Melt that butter
Add the butter to the baking pan or cast iron skillet. Place the pan or skillet in the oven and allow the butter to melt. It will only take a minute or so. Remove the hot pan with an oven mitt. Tilt the pan to make sure the whole bottom is coated with butter. A cast iron skillet is the classic authentic pan for German pancakes or dutch babies, but I always use my 13×9 pan.
Step 4: Bake those German pancakes
Now pour all the batter in the hot pan at once. Then place it in the oven and let it bake for 20 to 22 minutes until the sides puff up and get nice and golden brown.
Allow it to cool for a few minutes. Then serve it with whatever toppings that you like. Some of my favorites are butter, powdered sugar, maple syrup, and strawberries. Super easy right? Enjoy! This makes about 4 medium servings, but I normally eat half of it myself haha.
German Pancakes (Dutch Babies)
- Whisk or blender or hand mixer
- 9×13″ baking pan or Cast Iron Skillet
- Large bowl
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup of milk 1%, 2%, Whole (240ml)
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour 120g
- 2 Tbsp. of butter 28g
- 1 tsp. of salt 5g
- 1 Tbsp. of granulated sugar optional (12.5g)
- 1 tsp. of vanilla extract optional (5ml)
- Begin by preheating the oven to 400 F/205 C. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs and the milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. You can use a blender or hand mixer too if you like.
- In a separate bowl combine the salt and flour. Then add them to the large bowl with the wet ingredients. Mix until well combined.
- Add the butter to the pan or cast-iron skillet and place it in the oven on the middle rack. Allow the butter to melt, this will take 30 to 45 seconds. Then remove the hot pan with an oven mitt. Tilt the pan as needed to cover the bottom completely with melted butter.
- Pour the German pancake batter into the pan all at once. Then place it in the oven and bake it for 20 to 22 minutes until the sides creep up the edges and get nice and golden brown. Remove it from the pan and cut it how you like. Serve it warm with your favorite toppings like powdered sugar, maple syrup, fruit, etc. Enjoy!
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