A couple weeks ago, my husband and I hiked Squaw Peak in Provo, Utah with some of our friends early in the morning. We met up for breakfast right before we left and scarfed down some German Pancakes that our friends made and they were SO good!
I couldn't remember if I'd ever had them before, but I fell in love with them, so I decided that morning to write my own recipe. But, you know me, I don't like doing what everyone else does, so of course I had to create an amazing twist on a classic dish and that's exactly what I did! The final result? Apple Pie German Pancakes!
Also known as Dutch Baby Pancakes, German Pancakes are a thicker version of pancakes more similar to Yorkshire pudding or an American popover. Unlike traditional pancakes, however, they are always made in the oven and don't require leavening agents (like baking powder). They puff up over the edges of the skillet while baking, then deflate when pulled out of the oven. It's quite a sight to see!
Another main difference is the ingredients in the batter. Where traditional pancakes are mostly flour with one or two eggs and some milk, German Pancakes are mostly eggs with equal amounts of flour and milk. You should expect your batter to be very very thin, almost watery, rather than thick and moldable.
Since these are extra savory Apple Pie German Pancakes, I've added a few ingredients that boost the overall flavor, texture, and nutrition. For this recipe, you'll need:
Fluffy Chocolate Chip Pancakes (in the blender!)
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Nourishing Almond Flour Pancakes
Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes
Healthy Strawberries and Cream Pancakes
I know you'll fall in love (get it?) with this incredible breakfast as much as I have. Apple Pie German Pancakes are the perfect combo of comfort food and quick prep with minimal cleanup - and who doesn't love that?!
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These Apple Pie German Pancakes have fresh apple slices caramelized in maple syrup and browned butter and cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. They're perfect for fall mornings, family brunch, or special holidays!
*If you don't have a cast iron skillet, prepare apples according to directions in a regular skillet and melt an additional 2 tablespoons butter in a 9x13 dish in the oven. Once the batter and apples are ready, remove the dish from the oven and add the apples in an even layer over the bottom. Finally, add the pancake batter. DO NOT MIX. Finish recipe according to directions. Serving size is the same.
Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate of 1/4 of the prepared pan, not including extra toppings.
Serving: 1/4 pan / Calories: 250 / Fat: 11g / Saturated Fat: 3g / Carbohydrates: 22g / Fiber: 0.5g / Sugar: 3.4g / Protein: 13.8g
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