German Apple Pancake

Start your day on a delicious note with our German Apple Pancake recipe! Bursting with the sweet aroma of thinly sliced apples and the comforting flavors of cinnamon, this dish is a delightful twist on the classic pancake. Whether you’re looking for a cozy breakfast option or planning a special brunch with loved ones, this recipe is sure to impress. Follow along as we guide you through the simple steps to create this mouthwatering treat in your own kitchen.


  • 1 medium apple, cored and thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour (*see note below for GF alternative)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Powdered sugar, for serving


  1. Prepare the Apples: In a small saucepan, combine the sliced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are golden brown and tender, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the Pancake Batter: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and milk until smooth. Add the eggs and whisk until well combined. Set the batter aside.
  3. Melt the Butter: Preheat the oven to 500°F. Place the butter in a glass pie plate and melt it in the oven for about 2 minutes.
  4. Assemble the Pancake: Carefully remove the hot pie plate from the oven and swirl the melted butter to coat the bottom and sides evenly. Arrange the cooked apples in the pie plate, spreading them out evenly. Pour the pancake batter over the apples.
  5. Bake the Pancake: Reduce the oven temperature to 425°F and bake the pancake for 18 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and slightly puffed up.
  6. Serve and Enjoy: Remove the pancake from the oven and place a large plate on top of the pie plate. Carefully invert the pancake onto the plate. Dust the pancake generously with powdered sugar, slice, and serve warm.

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Serve the German Apple Pancake warm, straight from the oven, for the best flavor and texture.
  2. Dust each serving generously with powdered sugar for an added touch of sweetness and visual appeal.
  3. Consider serving with a dollop of whipped cream or a drizzle of maple syrup for extra indulgence.
  4. Garnish with fresh apple slices or a sprinkle of cinnamon for a decorative touch.
  5. Pair the pancake with your favorite hot beverage such as coffee, tea, or hot chocolate for a cozy breakfast experience.

Storage Tips:

  1. If you have leftovers, allow the pancake to cool completely before storing.
  2. Store any remaining pancake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  3. Reheat individual slices in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or in a preheated oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes until warmed through.
  4. Avoid stacking the slices when storing to prevent them from sticking together.
  5. For longer storage, you can freeze individual slices of the pancake. Wrap each slice tightly in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil before placing them in a freezer-safe bag or container. Frozen pancake slices can be reheated directly from the freezer in the microwave or oven.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can enjoy the delicious flavors of the German Apple Pancake even after it’s been prepared, ensuring that every bite is as delightful as the first.


  1. Caramel Apple Twist: Drizzle caramel sauce over the cooked apples before pouring the pancake batter for an extra indulgent treat.
  2. Nutty Crunch: Sprinkle chopped nuts such as pecans or walnuts over the apples before baking for added texture and flavor.
  3. Spiced Maple Syrup: Serve the pancake with a warm spiced maple syrup infused with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dash of vanilla extract.
  4. Berry Burst: Mix fresh or frozen berries into the pancake batter for a fruity twist. Blueberries, raspberries, or sliced strawberries work wonderfully.
  5. Almond Joy: Add a handful of sliced almonds to the pancake batter and top the finished pancake with shredded coconut and chocolate chips for a dessert-inspired breakfast.
  6. Savory Spin: Skip the sugar and cinnamon in the apples and instead top the pancake with cooked bacon or sausage crumbles and shredded cheddar cheese for a savory version.
  7. Citrus Zest: Add grated orange or lemon zest to the pancake batter for a bright and refreshing flavor profile.
  8. Maple Glazed Apples: Cook the apples with maple syrup instead of brown sugar for a rich, maple-infused taste.
  9. Apple Pie Spice: Substitute the ground cinnamon with apple pie spice for a more complex and aromatic flavor.
  10. Stuffed Pancake: Create a stuffed version of the pancake by layering sliced apples and cream cheese between two layers of pancake batter before baking.
  11. Maple Pecan Delight: Stir maple syrup into the pancake batter and sprinkle chopped pecans over the apples before baking for a decadent flavor combination.
  12. Cinnamon Roll Inspired: Swirl cinnamon sugar into the pancake batter before pouring it over the apples for a reminiscent taste of cinnamon rolls.
  13. Apple Cranberry Fusion: Mix dried cranberries into the pancake batter and scatter them over the apples for a festive twist perfect for the holiday season.
  14. Gingerbread Spice: Add ground ginger, cloves, and nutmeg to the pancake batter for a gingerbread-inspired flavor profile that pairs beautifully with the apples.
  15. Honey Walnut Elegance: Drizzle honey over the cooked apples and sprinkle chopped walnuts on top before baking for a sophisticated touch of sweetness and crunch.


  1. Can I use different types of apples? Yes, you can use your favorite variety of apple or a combination of apples for different flavors and textures. Experiment with tart Granny Smith, sweet Honeycrisp, or crisp Gala apples.
  2. Can I make this recipe gluten-free? Yes, you can substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend to make this recipe gluten-free. Ensure all other ingredients are also gluten-free.
  3. Can I make this pancake ahead of time? While it’s best served fresh, you can prepare the pancake batter and cook the apples ahead of time, then assemble and bake the pancake when ready to serve.
  4. Can I use a different type of pan? While a glass pie plate is traditional, you can use a similarly sized oven-safe skillet or baking dish for similar results.
  5. Can I double the recipe? Yes, you can double the ingredients and use a larger baking dish to accommodate the increased quantity.
  6. Can I omit the powdered sugar? Yes, you can omit the powdered sugar if you prefer a less sweet pancake. Alternatively, you can drizzle with honey or maple syrup.
  7. Can I freeze leftovers? Yes, you can freeze leftover slices of the pancake for future enjoyment. Follow the storage tips provided earlier.
  8. Can I add other toppings? Absolutely! Get creative with your toppings. Fresh fruit, whipped cream, chopped nuts, or even a scoop of ice cream can all be delicious additions.
  9. Can I use a different type of milk? Yes, you can use any milk you prefer, such as almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk, as a substitute for regular milk.
  10. Can I make this pancake dairy-free? Yes, you can use a dairy-free butter substitute and non-dairy milk to make this pancake dairy-free. Ensure all other ingredients are also dairy-free.

In just under 30 minutes, you can whip up this irresistible German Apple Pancake that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re treating yourself to a leisurely breakfast or hosting a brunch with friends, this recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. With its warm, comforting flavors and visually stunning presentation, this pancake is bound to become a new favorite in your recipe collection. Give it a try and savor every delicious bite!