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. 

German Pancakes with fruit

GERMAN PANCAKES

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 basic pantry ingredients.

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

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. 

OTHER NAMES FOR GERMAN PANCAKES

Everyone has a different name for these pancakes. Call them what you want but they are still delicious.

  • Hootenanny
  • Puff-puff
  • Dutch Baby
  • Bismarck

German Pancakes with fruit

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

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German Pancakes with fruit
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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 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 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