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20 Best German Apple Pancake Recipes (All Types)

German Apple Pancake with sugar powder.

I love the taste of apples. I am especially keen on the taste of apple desserts. No one makes apple desserts like the Germans. The citrusy and refreshing flavor of apple strudel has been a love of mine since I studied German in high school and had the occasional potluck.

Since that time, I have moved on to other such dishes. I recently came across German apple pancake recipes, which have given me a new love. I have experimented with German and Dutch apple pancakes.

I have included recipes for both dishes, as they are remarkably similar.

Here are 20 of the best recipes for this dish:

1. Here At Last the Original German Apple Pancake.

German Apple Pancake and fresh apples.

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This is the ultimate European version of a pancake. It differs from what Americans call it by the same name in that it relies on eggs for its fluffiness rather than baking powder. To make this traditional German apple pancake, you must pour the batter into a hot skillet, cook for a few minutes, and then place the whole skillet in an oven for baking.

You will need to flip it once and a while with a spatula. This is the only way to get a nice even bake.

2. The Fluffier Your Apple Pancakes the Better.

German Apple Pancake and slices of apples.

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This recipe will give you very fluffy apple pancakes that are delicious and filling. The dish is easy to make. It is also budget-friendly and low fat.

The dish can be eaten for breakfast or dessert. If you are serving these pancakes to friends, be sure to sprinkle sugar on them and a dash of cinnamon.

3. An Easier Way to Make German Apple Pancakes.

German Apple Pancake in a pan.

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This is another German apple pancake recipe that can be had for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. This one-pan can serve 8, and it can be eaten straight out of the oven or served at room temperature. The caramelized apples give the dish just the right amount of sweetness.

When making this dish, you should use a mixture of Granny Smith and Honey Crisp apples. It is better to use fresh apples rather than canned pie filling. Baking the pancakes in a cast iron pan will help retain heat and produce a golden-brown pancake. Finally, you should butter the sides of the pan to prevent sticking.

4. If You Have an Exceptionally Intense Sweet Tooth, There is Nothing Like Caramelized Apples.

Caramelized German Apple Pancake in a pan.

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These light and airy caramelized apple German apple pancakes are an excellent and delicious twist on American-style pancakes. This dish is very light—almost crepe light—and the pancakes puff up when they bake. The dish is best served warm out of the oven. No syrup is necessary. They are sweet enough as they are.

5. A Healthy and Light Alternative.

German Apple Pancake and fresh slices of strawberry.

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Here are a few tips to make this dish even better.

Be sure not to over-mix the batter. Caramelizing the apples is essential for full flavor. Be sure to preheat the oven to the stated temperature. You should allow the baked pancake to cool for a few minutes before loosening the edges from the pan.

You should add nuts to enhance the taste. It is also possible to substitute buttermilk for the milk. Finally, you can choose applesauce instead of the dates called for by the recipe.

6. This is a Plant-based Alternative That is Delicious and Healthy.

German Apple Pancake and lemon juice.

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This recipe requires you to replace milk with apple cider. Here are some pointers to get the most out of the dish.

You should use oat flour. Although homemade flour is coarser than store-bought flour, it will give the pancakes a lighter texture. You should also use baking powder to give the dish a little more fluffiness. Apple juice, lemon juice, and maple syrup are other condiments to add.

7. For Those Who Prefer Not to Use Eggs.

German Apple Pancake, cinnamon and honey.

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This is a great eggless German apple pancake recipe. You should use a cast iron skillet to make it or 8-inch cake tin with butter. When spreading the apples, you want to do so evenly in the batter and drizzle the sauce over the batter.

Be sure to preheat the oven to 392 degrees Fahrenheit. You want it nice and hot before you put the batter in. You should bake for a solid 25 minutes. When the pancake is firm to touch, remove it from the oven and dust it with icing sugar.

8. The Dutch Know How to Make a Pancake—even Vegan Ones.

German Apple Pancake cinnamon and apples.

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The sauteing of the apples is very important in this recipe. You should do so for at least 5 minutes or until they are nice and brown on the outside. It is best to mix the vegan margarine, flour, sugar, agave, cinnamon, nutmeg, milk, and banana in a blender. Blend for about a minute.

This dish should be served while hot.

9. Yes, You Can Air Fry German Apple Pancakes.

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This is the perfect way to prepare German apple pancakes if you are planning a barbeque or some other kind of outdoor event. Perhaps the most important benefit of air frying your batter is that it will take half the time. You can do it in 10 minutes rather than 20.

However, you should let the batter rest for at least 30 minutes before you fry it. This will give the flour a chance to absorb the liquid in the batter, which will allow your pancake to cook properly.

10. This Dish is Thin, But it is No Less Tasty or Filling.

German Apple Pancake in a plate.

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This is known as a LeMax apple pancake. If you are cooking with a glass-ceramic table grill, then you should coat the surface with a little butter. This will help give the dish a golden-brown surface. It will also make it easier to flip the pancakes. You will need to cook each side for at least a minute to achieve the desired effect.

It is also possible to keep the pancakes warm. If you are hosting a dinner party, and you want to get everything ready well ahead of time, it may be necessary to keep some of your dishes warm. You can keep these pancakes warm by setting your oven to 212 degrees Fahrenheit and placing the pancake inside on a baking tray. This will keep the dish warm and not cook it.

11. A Traditional Recipe for a Dutch Baby Apple Pancake.

German Apple Pancake, fresh slices of apples and blueberry.

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This dish can be eaten for dessert or breakfast. Indeed, you need not even use apples. Raspberry, blueberry, and marionberry are all suitable substitutes in this recipe. I have heard of people who have even used peaches!

If you do not have a cast-iron skillet, you can use a 9 x 13 glass baking dish. The pancake will be a little thinner but just as delicious.

12. Here is Another Wonderful Dutch Apple Pancake Recipe—for the Oven.

German Apple Pancake and blueberry.

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This pancake must be cooked in a skillet and then baked in an oven. It can be prepared in less than an hour. The recipe calls for slices of apples in the dish. You can also season it with brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. It will taste great with or without syrup.

13. For All the Cinnamon Fiends Out There.

German Apple Pancake, topped with lots of cinnamon.

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Yes, I acknowledge that cinnamon is one of the great gifts of gastronomy. It adds an irreplaceable punch of flavor to any dessert food it touches. Those who love cinnamon will love this dish. Crispy buttery edges and fresh honey crisp apples make this a great breakfast dish. A thick layer of cinnamon sugar completes it.

The great thing about this recipe is its simplicity. If you have a blender, all you need to do is put all of the ingredients in and turn it on. Once the batter is done, pour it into a cast-iron skillet. Then bake it at high heat.

14. A Simple Dutch Apple Pancake Recipe for Those Who are Pressed for Time.

German Apple Pancake and a bowl of strawberry.

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I have the kind of job that requires me to have my associates over at my place frequently. I like to feed them when they come over, but I am often pressed for time. I discovered this easy-to-make Dutch apple pancake recipe some months ago.

Timing is everything with this recipe. After you have prepared the batter, you must pour it into the skillet and return the latter to the hot oven. The pancake will take approximately 12 minutes to become golden and puffy.

15. A Gluten-free Vegan Dutch Apple Pancake That Will Delight Your Palate.

Crusty German Apple Pancake in a plate.

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This is a great dish to make for brunch, especially if you are having people over. It is essentially a giant fluffy pancake in a skillet. You should serve it in a cast-iron skillet as this will keep it warm on the table.

You should also serve the pancake with caramelized cinnamon apples. Vegan yogurt, cashew cream, and melted chocolate are other sides and condiments to serve it with.

16. A Modernized Version of an Old Recipe.

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There is a way of updating and modernizing the Dutch apple pancake to suit your taste. This particular recipe is made with eggs, which is a great source of proteins. The suggestions made for how to slice the pancake are also good. You should not attempt to cut while in the pan. Unless your pan is cast iron, you will scratch it. The best thing to do is to lay a large plate over the pan, hold tight, turn both upside down, let the pancake drop on the plate, and then slice it up.

17. For Vegan Lovers of Raspberry.

German Apple Pancake with honey and raspberry.

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This is a great vegan-friendly dessert dish. It requires seven basic ingredients and can be made with less than 10 minutes of prep time. Here are some extra tips for success.

The first thing is do not bake this on a fan-forced setting. You should instead use a conventional setting on your oven. Baking with a fan can cause the edges of the pancake to burn while the middle remains undercooked.

You should also be sure to pre-heat the oven long enough before baking. It is best to use a cast-iron skillet. If your baking tin is too thick, it can cause the batter not to cook properly.

If you are using frozen raspberries, make sure that you drain them and coat them in flour before putting them in the batter.

18. Quinoa was Always Going to Come Into it Somehow.

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To make this wonderfully delicious gluten-free apple quinoa Dutch apple pancake, first preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. You will need to mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Save the maple syrup and milk for last. When it is done, you can sprinkle the dish with powdered erythritol and more maple syrup.

19. One More Vegan Apple Pancake Dish.

German Apple Pancake with lemon jam and mint.

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This is a vegan apple pecan pancake dish that can be served for breakfast, brunch, or dinner dessert. Pecans complement apples perfectly. You can even add a bit of tofu if you want to enhance the protein and fiber in the dish. This dish is both vegetarian and vegan, which makes it egg-free and dairy-free.

One of the key parts of this recipe is the addition of pecans. You must gently fold them. Then drop them in by large spoonfuls onto a lightly oiled skillet and cook for a few minutes until bubbles appear. You should cook on both sides until they are lightly golden brown.

20. Pressed for Time? You Can Get This Done in 10 Minutes.

German Apple Pancake in a paper plate.

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If you are pressed for time, you will probably be using apple puree instead of fresh apples. You will need to stir the puree in with the maple syrup, and chia seeds. To get a smooth and thick batter, you should add more almond or oat milk than is called for in the recipe.

To enhance the taste of the dish, you serve it with baked apple slices—if you have the time to make them—and a pinch of cinnamon.