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German Pancakes Recipe Perfect for Breakfast, Brunch & Dinner!

Need a quick breakfast idea? This German Pancakes recipe has long been a staple in our house. We almost always have the ingredients on hand and my kids love it every time. If you’re looking for an easy recipe that’s perfect almost every time, try it!

german pancakes recipe

German Pancakes Recipe Perfect for Breakfast, Brunch & Dinner!

I was drawn to this recipe because it’s quick, easy, and frugal. You really only need eggs, milk, and flour to make these pancakes, though vanilla and salt make a nice addition too.

This recipe quickly became a family favorite.  My kids love watching the pancake puff up in the oven and they also love any excuse to eat pure maple syrup. When I first started serving this recipe, I made my own buttermilk syrup which was also super delicious! 

What is a German Pancake

I originally got the recipe for German pancakes from my dear friend Stacee. You may have heard of a Dutch baby pancake, and honestly, I think they’re pretty much the same thing. It’s kind of a custardy popover that we all love.

Making this recipe is really easy! Although I have shared it many times, I’ve  adapted the recipe somewhat as I learned a few things over the years. 

One thing I learned recently is that preheating the oven is not necessary! I’ve found they rise better when they are placed in a cold oven that slowly comes to temperature. So, don’t preheat your oven, and do use room temperature ingredients to get the most rise out of this recipe!

german pancakes with caramelized apples

How to Make German Pancakes

First, using warm melted butter in your pan is key as it helps them rise in the oven. I like to melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a cast iron skillet over low heat while I whisk the eggs and prepare the other ingredients.

In a medium bowl, whisk 6 large eggs. I’ve seen recipes that call for fewer eggs, but using 6 eggs really gives this recipe a nice custardy texture. Mix in milk and pure vanilla extract too.

Since we have backyard chickens, ducks, and more who lay us eggs, we always have eggs on hand. Duck eggs are especially tasty in this recipe too, if you have them!

In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. If you’d like to add a bit of sugar, you can, but I usually omit. Add about ⅔ of the egg mixture and whisk well to combine. Then add remaining egg mixture and whisk it in too, trying to get all the lumps out of the batter.

pouring the german pancake batter into the pan

Be careful pouring the batter in the hot pan you melted the butter in, place it on the bottom rack of your oven, and then turn your oven on and let it slowly heat to 375 degrees. Depending on how long it takes your oven to heat up, this recipe could take anywhere from 30-40 minutes to bake.

Once the pancake is really poofy and a lovely golden brown color, remove it from the oven. Cut into slices, top with powdered sugar, and serve warm with your choice of toppings.

Here are answers to a few questions people have asked me over the years about this recipe:

german pancakes with apples

Are German Pancakes really German?

Having spent almost ten years in Germany, I can tell you that I never had a recipe like this. German pancakes are pretty identical to Dutch baby pancakes – perhaps being called Dutch baby because of the similarity of Dutch to Deutsch (the German word for German). 

Upon research, I learned that German Pancakes originated in the 1900s in a restaurant in Seattle called Manca’s Cafe. Wikipedia has the story, if you’d like to read more about it.

Can you freeze German Pancakes?

You can absolutely freeze German pancakes. They don’t normally last that long at my house, but feel free to wrap and freeze. When you want to eat them, just pop them on a baking tray and bake at 350 until heated through. Of, you can heat them in the microwave if you prefer.

Why won’t my German Pancakes rise?

If you’re having trouble getting your German pancakes to rise, make sure that your ingredients are at room temperature before baking (including your eggs). Whisk the eggs before combining with other ingredients, and make sure your batter is well mixed before pouring it into the baking dish.

Unfortunately, whole wheat flour will not rise as nicely as all-purpose flour. I’ve also found that melting the butter ahead of time produces a better rise than simply dotting a 9×13 pan with cold butter and then adding the batter.

how to tell when german pancake is done

How to know when the German Pancakes are done

Your German pancakes will be done when they are really poofy and nicely golden brown. Sometimes you may see melted butter on the top, and that’s ok, as long as the center is set. Do know that they will deflate pretty quickly when you take them out of the oven – perfectly normal!

custardy german pancake with caramelized apples

What to put on German Pancakes

Lots of toppings are fabulous for this recipe! We love all of the following toppings:

  • Maple syrup
  • Homemade buttermilk syrup
  • Jelly
  • Sweet apples
  • Berries, fresh lemon juice, whipped cream
  • Nutella
  • Pie filling
  • Apple sauce

What to serve with German Pancakes

We generally serve our German pancakes with fruit like the caramelized apples in the photo above, but bacon always makes everything taste better, amiright? 

Yield: 8 slices

German Pancakes

German Pancakes

A deliciously perfect recipe for breaksfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner! It also makes a great after-school snack. Baked "pancake" - custardy popover.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted in an oven safe skilled over medium-low heat
  • 6 eggs, whisked
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon sugar, if desired (I usually omit)
  • toppings of choice!

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in cast iron skilled over medium-low heat. Remove from heat.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk eggs, them combine with milk and vanilla extract.
  3. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  4. Carefully pour 2/3 of egg mixture into dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Add the remaining egg mixture and whisk until lumps are gone.
  5. Pour mixture in cast iron skillet over the butter and place in a cold oven.
  6. Turn the oven on to 375 degrees and bake 30-40 minutes, or until the pancake is very poofy and golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven, cut into slices, and serve with toppings of choice.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 155mg Sodium: 244mg Carbohydrates: 28g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 5g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 9g
Nutritional data is not always correct.

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Breakfast casserole that's not mushy

Overnight Breakfast Casserole That’s Not Mushy!

I love the ease of breakfast casseroles, but was never satisfied with them before because I think they are “mushy.” You know what I mean, right? I’m a texture gal. I can’t stand mushy textured food.

I think anything that resembles oatmeal is gross…and I have really tried to like it because I know it is so healthy and frugal – but I. Just. Can’t. Mushy stuff just doesn’t go down right. 

make ahead breakfast casserole that's not mushy

Normally, I am not a fan of the breakfast casserole because of the texture. But, I attended a baby shower where this egg casserole was served and I loved it. I’m convinced that the difference is using potatoes instead of white bread. 

Have you had those breakfast casseroles made with bread? I always find them too mushy. I was originally skeptical about trying a new breakfast casserole, but potatoes make all the difference.

Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Hash Browns

Yes, potatoes! Every time I’ve used potatoes instead of bread, I am so happy with the resulting egg bake! So if you want an easy overnight breakfast casserole that’s not mushy, this recipe is for you!

Using potatoes instead of bread was a huge aha moment for me, and I haven’t looked back.

Here’s how to make a breakfast casserole that’s not mushy. It’s perfect for Christmas morning, brunch, or quick weeknight dinner!

cook sausage for the make ahead breakfast casserole

Brown sausage and spread in lightly greased 9 X 13 dish. I use my Le Creuset 5 qt braiser. It’s nonstick, oven safe, and so pretty!

add potatoes to the breakfast casserole

Spread potatoes over sausage. Put the shredded cheddar cheese on top of the potatoes. Then, combine eggs, milk, salt, pepper in a large bowl, and pour over hash browns, sausage, and cheese.

add cheese before baking

At this point, cover and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle a little extra cheese on top, and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or up to 45 minutes. Or, you can go ahead and cook it immediately too! Your call.

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Questions about this Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Can I use ham or bacon instead of the sausage?

Absolutely! You can use any type of meat you want. We prefer sausage, but cooked crumbled bacon or 2 cups of leftover ham are also delicious in this egg casserole.

Do I have to refrigerate it overnight?

No, you don’t. You can make it up and cook it right away, if you want. I like to have it made in advance, but you certainly don’t have to.

Do I have to thaw the hash browns?

This comes down to personal preference. If you thaw your hash browns first, they won’t be as soggy. If you’d like them to be even more crispy, you can cook them a little bit prior to adding the other ingredients, but I almost never do this. 

How should I thaw the hash browns?

Ideally, you will thaw the hash browns by leaving them in your fridge overnight. The day you make up this casserole, dry them off a little bit with kitchen towels before adding them to the casserole dish. You can use paper towels if you prefer, but I eliminated paper towels from my kitchen years ago and haven’t looked back. Kitchen towels work just fine. 

Why don’t you mix the cheese in with the eggs?

Adding the cheese to the casserole separate from the egg mixture helps insure a more equal distribution of cheese throughout the casserole. You can mix the cheese in with your eggs if you don’t care about that. 🙂

What type of potatoes should I use in this easy breakfast casserole?

You can buy the pre-shredded bags of potatoes –  plain potatoes or potatoes with peppers and onions are also delicious. Remember to thaw frozen hash brown potatoes before making this recipe. You can also shred your own potatoes to use in this recipe if you want. Since I grow a lot of potatoes in my garden I am always looking

for ways to use them. If you shred your own potatoes, I recommend rinsing them and squeezing as much water out of them as you can.

Grab your printable breakfast casserole recipe.

Yield: 12 servings

Egg Casserole that’s not too Mushy

Egg Casserole that’s not too Mushy

Quick and easy overnight egg casserole perfect for Christmas morning or when you have company. Made with sausage, hash browns, and farm fresh eggs, this egg bake is always a hit!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. regular sausage
  • 1 lb. frozen cubed or shredded frozen potatoes
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 - 3 cups grated cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook the sausage in an oven proof pan and drain the fat.
  2. Combine the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper, and whisk well.
  3. When the sausage is cooked, cover with the frozen potatoes, add 2 cups cheese, then pour the egg mixture on top. Stir well.
  4. Cover the casserole and place in the fridge over night to cook in the morning.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 the morning you want to bake it.
  6. Before you bake, add an additional cup shredded cheese, if desired.
  7. Bake for 35-45 minutes.
  8. Or, cook it immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 429 Total Fat: 32g Saturated Fat: 15g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 174mg Sodium: 928mg Carbohydrates: 12g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 22g
Nutritional information is not always correct.

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In an effort to do better by him, I am really trying hard to have easy, wholesome meals in the freezer ready for him to eat (as long as he can heat them up on his own.) 😀

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