Apple Pfannekuchen

My mom makes this recipe every now and then, and I wanted to know how to make it too, because then I can make it even if my mom doesn’t have time.

(And I also thought it seemed like a fun recipe to make.)

It’s a little like a Dutch Baby, but it has apples and cinnamon sugar, and you bake it in a pie pan instead of in a skillet.

Like a Dutch Baby, this is best when it’s hot and fresh.  We eat our pfannekuchen for breakfast or when we want to have breakfast for dinner (or lunch sometimes!)

This recipe has been on my mom’s blog for a few years, but we thought it might be nice to have it here too.  My mom usually makes two or three pfannekuchen, but the ingredients we listed in this recipe just make one.

To make your pfannkuchen, turn the oven to 400° F.  Then put two tablespoons of butter into a pie pan and place the pan in the oven.


The butter will melt while the oven heats.

melted butter

While the butter is melting, peel and slice an apple.  Set aside.  In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon and set that aside.

In another bowl, beat the eggs, milk, and salt together.  Then whisk in the flour.  The batter will be a little bit lumpy, but that’s ok.

We put our batter into a measuring cup to make it easier to pour and also so we’d put an even amount of batter into each pan (We were making two at at time.)

batter in measuring cup

Take the hot pie pan out of the oven and sprinkle the sliced apples evenly over the melted butter.  Then pour the batter over top of the apples.

batter pouring

Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the batter.

sprinkling cinnamon sugar

Put the pfannekuchen back into the oven (make sure you use a potholder because the pie pans are hot!) Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until puffed and brown.


Let the pfannekuchen cool for a few minutes before you eat them (The apples are especially hot!)

Apple Pfannekuchen

makes 1
Printable Apple Pfannekuchen Recipe

2 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
3/8 cup (6 tablespoons) flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/8 cup (6 tablespoons) milk
1 medium apple, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Place butter in a 9-inch pie plate, and place in oven. Heat oven to 400 F.

Beat eggs, flour, and salt together until smooth. Whisk in milk.

Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.

Remove pan from oven when butter is melted. Place apples in pan, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture, and pour egg mixture over top (or you can do it in the opposite order, like we did!).

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until puffed and brown.


  1. Lori Williams says:

    This sounds so delicious and easy! I can’t wait to make it. Wait a minute…….I think I have all the ingredients so I’m going to make it for lunch!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Amaryllis says:

    Looks great. No problem putting cool liquid ingredients into a hot glass pie plate? I will try this. Thanks.

  3. This looks nice and easy and so yummy. But I notice in the photo instructions you add the egg mixture/batter than cinnamon sugar; but in opposite order in the printable instructions below. Which is the correct order, or does it matter?

  4. Debra Kay says:

    I’m making this now, my kitchen smells wonderful. I’ve tried many of your wonderful recipes & never been disappointed yet. Looking forward to sharing it with my sweetie 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us.

  5. Hi Lisey,

    Thanks for the scrumptious recipe. I’m going to make it for breakfast tomorrow. I love your posts.

  6. Very good. I have been making this once a month or so for awhile now. We really like it for breakfast or quick after church meal since we eat out dinner later.

  7. I just made this for breakfast this morning…so easy and so delicious! Thank you. 🙂

  8. I made this for dessert tonight, and we loved it! It’s gone. We liked that it was not at all too sweet–it wasn’t like a danish–but rather, the apples were not overpowered by sugar. Thanks for this recipe.

  9. how can I pin this?

  10. I had no idea what this was but it looked good and I had the ingredients so I gave it a shot. YUM! Turns out it’s a German Pancake. Think it’s ok that I ate the whole thing for dinner?! I’ll be making it again soon! Thanks!

  11. YUM! I’m going to make this soon. Thank you so much! 🙂

  12. These were a childhood favorite of mine, so I decided to make them for my children this morning. They devoured them! We immediately added this recipe to our box and can’t wait to make them again. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. how do you get the sides to rise without the middle rising?

  14. Diannnoeora says:

    This was really good. Quite easy. So glad I came across your recipe.

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