German Pancakes are a light and fluffy version of American pancakes. There are only 5 ingredients in this easy breakfast. Top with a little bit of powdered sugar, fresh fruit, or maple syrup for a delicious breakfast breakfast that the whole family loves. Some people call these Hootenanny, Puff-puff, or Dutch Baby pancakes. 

German Pancakes with fruit

GERMAN PANCAKE RECIPE

Back in college, my roommate Steph introduced me to these German pancakes. Of course back then we called them puff-puff pancakes and would make them on Saturdays or for birthdays. The perfect college breakfast made from simple ingredients.

I love making these with my kids because they think it’s a magic trick. The pancakes get all puffy, even puffier up the edges of the pan than the picture below. As they come out of the oven and cool a bit they deflate, which is totally normal. These are a family favorite. 

German Pancake in a pan

These pancakes are not super sweet. In fact, there’s no sugar in them at all but they are topped off with powdered sugar, fruit, and syrup like regular pancakes. 

HOW TO MAKE GERMAN PANCAKES

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. While the oven is preheating, place butter in a 9×13 casserole dish and place in oven, just until the butter melts.

  3. In a blender, add the eggs, milk, flour, vanilla, and salt (and cinnamon if desired). Blend until smooth. This can also be done by hand but is a lot easier in a blender.

  4. Pour batter into the hot pan over the melted butter. Bake for 17-22 minutes or until the pancakes are puffy and golden brown.

  5. To serve, sprinkle with powdered sugar and add fruit or syrup.

OTHER NAMES FOR GERMAN PANCAKES

Everyone has a different name for these puffy oven pancakes. Call them what you want but they are still delicious for Christmas morning, special breakfasts, or a Saturday.

  • Hootenanny
  • Puff-puff
  • Dutch Babies
  • Bismarck
  • Dutch Puff
  • German Puff Pancakes

German Pancakes with fruit

I highly suggest you serve these with this Homemade Buttermilk Syrup.

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German Pancakes

German Pancakes are a light and fluffy version of American pancakes. There are only 5 ingredients in this easy breakfast. Top with powdered sugar, fruit, or syrup for a delicious breakfast. Some people call these Hootenanny, Puff-puff, or Dutch Baby pancakes. 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • (optional) ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. While the oven is preheating, place the butter in a 9x13 baking dish and place in oven, just until the butter melts.

  3. In a blender, add the eggs, milk, flour, vanilla, and salt (and cinnamon if desired). Blend until smooth. This can also be done by hand in a large bowl but is a lot easier in a blender.

  4. Pour batter into the baking dish over the butter. Bake for 17-22 minutes or until the pancakes are puffy and golden brown.

  5. To serve, sprinkle with powdered sugar and add fruit or syrup.

German Pancakes with fruit