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Apple Pfannekuchen

Today’s recipe is maybe more commonly known as a Dutch Apple Pancake, but when I was growing up, we called them Apple Pfannekuchen, so that’s what I’m sticking with!

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This eggy, puffy breakfast pancake is best eaten hot out of the oven, but the good news is that it’s fairly easy to throw together in the morning. It bakes for about 20 minutes, so if you’re in a big rush, you could put the pancake together and then go prepare for your day while it bakes.

My husband and son are not fans of anything remotely eggy (except for French Toast), so the girls and I are the sole Apple Pfannekuchen consumers.

I usually find that two pancakes are enough for the four of us, though I distinctly remember singlehandedly polishing off two entire pie plates when I was pregnant with Joshua. (!)

So, if you’re pregnant, maybe you should make a little extra. 😉

To start off, place 2 tablespoons of butter into a 9-inch pie plate. Place the plate into a cold oven and turn it on to 400 degrees. The pan will be hot and the butter melted by the time you’re finished with the rest of the pancake prep.

Next, peel and slice up a medium-sized apple. You can use a fresh apple, of course, but this is also a great way to use random leftover apple slices, an apple with a few bites out of it, or an apple with a few bad spots.

Combine 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of sugar.

Whisk the flour, egg, and salt together until smooth, and then whisk in the milk. If you add the milk earlier, it’ll be really difficult to get all the lumps out of the flour, so resist the temptation!

Take the now-hot pan out of the oven. The butter should be melted, but if it’s not, you can leave it in for a few more minutes.

Dump the apples into the hot pan.

Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the apples.

And finally, pour the egg batter over top of the apples.

Place the pan in the oven and bake the pancake for about 15-20 minutes, or until it’s puffy and brown.

It’s super hot when it comes out of the oven, so you’ll want to let it cool down a bit before serving it.

Apple Pfannekuchen

makes 1
Printable Apple Pfannekuchen Recipe

2 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
3/8 cup (6 tablespoons) flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/8 cup (6 tablespoons) milk
1 medium apple, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Place butter in a 9-inch pie plate, and place in oven. Heat oven to 400 F.

Beat eggs, flour, and salt together until smooth. Whisk in milk.

Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.

Remove pan from oven when butter is melted. Place apples in pan, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture, and pour egg mixture over top.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until puffed and brown.

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David A French

Friday 14th of June 2019

Hi Kristen, sounds delicious! Is the flour plain or self rising? Thanks, David


Friday 14th of June 2019

Just plain flour. :)


Friday 26th of August 2016

For future viewers of this recipe, I have had trouble getting the lumps of flour mixed into the egg mixture, so this time I used my stick blender and it worked great! Tonight I made 3 of these for my family! My two year old told me I was a good cooker. ;)


Saturday 4th of October 2014

Very tasty and fast to make! It was gone quick too!


Wednesday 26th of June 2013

I just made this and my hubby and I ate the whole thing before dinner. I used it as snack verse a meal. The first one rose and fell, but it had more apples than the second one. This will be a regular item at my house. Might be nice as a dessert when in laws come over on short notice.


Wednesday 26th of June 2013

Oh, mine always fall too! It's normal.


Monday 24th of June 2013

I make Apfel Pfannekuchen all the time and of course ate it all the time growing up in Germany but it's different than this recipe.

1. It's actually fried in a pan/which is why it's called Pfannekuchen 2. No cinnamon but add vanilla instead. Add some baking powder.

It always reminds me of Funnel Cake except that it has apples.


Monday 24th of June 2013

Amanda, you should be able to just sub the flour with an all-purpose gluten free baking mix.

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