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German Apple Pancakes

Updated on July 27, 2010

Easy German Apple Pancakes

The technical German name for these delicious apple delights is apfelpfannkuchen.  However you say it, they are delicious and very easy to make.  You bake them in the oven - just make sure to serve at once as they behave like a souffle.  They puff up and then start to fall on leaving the oven but even if they fall, they are still wonderful.

They make a great brunch dish and the recipe below makes 2.  I have also cooked these in cast iron pans which makes a neat presentation.  These bake for about 20-25 minutes but again, time them so that they will be ready to hit the table as soon as they come out of the oven.  They are also wonderful with just a sprinkle of powdered sugar dusted over them.

Recipe for Apfelpfannkuchen (German Apple Pancakes)

Makes 2 large pancakes and serves 4.


  • 4 eggs or 1 cup of egg substitute
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter (4 tablespoons) 
  • 2 medium apples thinly sliced (any variety but I usually use gala or similar)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place 2 round layer pans 9 x 1-1/2 inches in the oven - or if using cast iron skillet(s), do the same.
  3. Whisk/beat together the eggs, flour, milk and salt.
  4. Beat with mixer on medium for 1 minute.
  5. Mix sugar and cinnamon - set aside.
  6. Remove the hot pans from the oven.
  7. Place 2 tablespoons margarine or butter in each pan.
  8. Rotate the pans around until the butter or margarine is melted and so it coats sides of the pan.
  9. Place half the apple slices in each pan.
  10. Pour batter equally over apples and divide equally among the 2 pans.
  11. Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon mixture over the batter in each pan.
  12. Bake uncovered until the pancakes puff up and are golden brown, 20-25 minutes.
  13. Serve immediately - dust with a sprinkling of powdered sugar if desired.

NOTE:  You can substitute cooking spray for the butter and/or margarine but if you do, you will need to spray generously to make sure the pancakes do not stick. 

You can also use 1 granny smith apple, 1 gala, or any combo of apples depending on how sweet or tart you like the pancake.

Milk is also of individual preference - I use nonfat for all my recipes but it is a matter of personal choice as some people prefer whole milk or different varieties of fat content milk - or half and half.

Pear or peach pancake is also very good.  Just make sure that these fruits if used are drained and/or paper toweled dry and not soggy.

This recipe is from my Betty Crocker International Cookbook from the 1970s with my added suggestions!


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    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Helen--the smells/aromas get me every time---I love cinnamon too so apples and cinnamon....they have me at hello~ Thanks for stopping by and I'm sure you will love it!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      OMG Audrey!! I'm just about drooling at the mouth like one of the dogs!!! What a fabulous recipe this is. I haven't heard of apfelpfannkuchen - hope the spelling's right - before but it looks and sounds delicious!!

      I do have a very sweet tooth and anything cooked with cinnamon as well, always gets my attention! Will have a go at this fab recipe and try it out on the nephews and nieces!!

      A beautifully, mouth watering hub!!! Voted up + shared!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Nif--the recipe is worth the baking smells~~~

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      Kymberly Fergusson 

      5 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      Yum! Apples cooked into pancakes! I normally add blueberries if I want fruity pancakes, but seeing as it's apple season right now, this sounds perfect!

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Hmmm........You make my mouth watery. I usually make Apfelpfannkuchen for breakfast or lunch in Germany. I think I'll make it here in the Philippines. You give me an apetite for Apfelpfannkuchen. This will be my dinner tonight. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      A useful pancake recipe page sounds delicious, apple and cinnamon are tasty together.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Hey Gus - no - I don't remember that but doesn't mean I'm not old enough! har har - Maybe my mom would remember it though - must remember to ask her. My granddad was German and had that kinda temper only think they left the 'old country' when he was a lad. My grandmother came over from Copenhagen on the boat when she was 19 - I know I have a lot of that old world stuff in me as well - what a heritage! I'll have to remember to make potato pancakes if I hear any planes flying is pretty ridiculously quiet where we live now and IF we hear a plane we get a little worried! Seriously it usually means fire - or every once in a while - crop dusting! These are great pancakes though - have had them at the Original Pancake House but I like making them myself for the delightful baking smells! Enjoy.....Audrey

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      8 years ago from USA

      Audrey - Yes, indeed. You stay on my short list. You are likely not old enough to remember the photograph in Life Magazine (during the "Berlin Crisis" time) of the fat, old Berliner guy with his dachshund dog atop an apartment roof on the approach to Templehof Airport in Berlin. He was catapulting potato pancakes at a C-54 overhead on its way to the runway. Why? The planes were disturbing his rest. I may not be able to rest now until I can catapult some of your apple pancakes from my plate into my mouth !

      Gus :-)))

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks! I love your chic - Happy New Year!

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Akirchner, for a delicious apple pancake recipe. Thank you for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59


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