German Apple Pancake – How to make the Best Apple Oven Pancake

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021 by Chef Mireille

This delicious Apple Oven Pancake is so quick and easy. A quick batter is poured over some sliced apples and then baked. This is one of the easiest and most delicious breakfast recipes ever. Yet, it is quite a festive recipe with the use of seasonal apples so great for a holiday breakfast or brunch.

Way easier than standing over a hot griddle flipping flapjacks. This German Apple Pancake is essentially the German version of a flaugnarde – or better known as a Clafoutis with Apples. You might have also heard the name Dutch Puff or Dutch Baby Pancake. These are all different names for essentially the same puffy oven pancake.

Apple Oven Pancake with fresh apples slices on top and powdered sugar

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A few months ago I had a friend and her super picky kids visiting for the weekend. I was weary from the day before trying to find something these kids would eat, although they did like my Breakfast Bread. Other than that, all they had eaten the day before was cereal and cookies.

When I started to make this Easy German Apple Pancake Recipe, I described it to them as pancakes with apples. The 7 year old told me she did not like apples in pancakes, so I asked her if she had ever had it. Of course, the reply was No. I convinced her to try it and she and her brother cleaned their plates with no complaints. He’s actually not a picky eater, but he follows whatever his older sister does, so if I convince her, then he’s no problem at all. Finally a winner!

What is the best apple variety for German Apple Pancakes?

It’s best to use firm apples. While Granny Smith Apples are often uses, I find them a bit too much on the tart side. I usually use Fuji or Gala Apples. They are firm, yet still sweet and not as tart as most green apples.

If tart apples are not your thing, Fuji or Gala are sweet apples that are still firm enough that they won’t break down and become mush when you bake with them.

This Apple Oven Pancake uses simple ingredients you most likely already have in the house, but let’s check.

Ingredients for German Apple Pancake

  • eggs
  • milk
  • all purpose flour
  • salt
  • firmly packed brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • fresh apples

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How to Make German Apple Pancake Recipe

  • Make your pancake batter by mixing together the eggs, milk and flour.
How to make Apple Pancake
  • Place slices of apple in a single layer in a greased pie plate.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar and the cinnamon on top. (I had forgotten so I spinkled it afterwards:)
step by step photos for how to make German Apple Pancake
  • Now just pour the flour mixture on top of the apples.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes in a 400 F oven.
German Apple Pancake
  • Garnish with lemon juice and powdered sugar.
Apple Oven Pancake with powdered sugar.

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How to Serve German Apple Pancake

Traditionally, it is served with powdered sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice, however there are many different accompaniments you can serve with your Apple Oven Pancake like:

  • Lemon Curd
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Vanilla Custard

Whether you call these Dutch Babies or German Apple Oven Pancake, you are going to find them super easy and delicious. Best of all, the whole family is going to love them – even the picky eaters ๐Ÿ™‚

So when it’s Apple Picking season and the abundance of apples are everywhere, it’s time to whip up one of these delicious Apple Recipes.

The finished pancake is more of a puffy pancake with a sunken interior. If desired, you can add chopped apples or caramelized apples in the middle.

I usually enjoy these delicious Apple Pancakes simply with a little powdered sugar and a small squeeze of fresh lemon juice. I find syrup entirely unnecessary as the end result of these German Pancakes have an almost custard like interior. However, many people still prefer to enjoy them with syrup, especially here in America where we have a deep sugar obsession.

Apple Pancake on a plate with apple slices
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German Apple Pancake

Apple Oven Pancake is quick and easy and yet so delicious and festive. Perfect for Christmas morning or anytime you want a special treat for breakfast or brunch.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: German
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 130kcal



  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray a pie plate with non stick spray or grease with a little butter.
  • Arrange the thin slices of apple on top. Sprinkle with the sugar and the cinnamon.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk eggs.
  • Add flour, milk and salt. Mix well until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour egg mixture over apples.
  • Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and puffy.
  • Flip over onto a plate.
  • Garnish with powdered sugar and a quick sprinkle of lemon juice.
  • Serve with slices of lemon and syrup, if desired.


If you would like to make individual pancakes, you can follow the same procedure but bake them in muffin tins instead.
You can also make these with different fruit like peaches, plums or apricots.


Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg
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