German Apple Pancake Recipe

Looking for German recipes for Oktoberfest? Or just need apple recipes the whole family will love? Serve this easy apple pancake for a healthy breakfast! Baked in cast iron, fresh apples are sauted in butter and covered in homemade pancake batter. Then, the whole thing is baked in the oven til golden. Once of my favorite breakfast recipes for fall! Similar to a Dutch Baby and also called a Apfelpfannkuchen in German.

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collage of chopped apples and apple pancake on plate

Choose the best apples!

Fall is finally here and with it comes my favorite food: APPLES! Having grown up in New England, I am very picky about my apples.  I don’t want them mealy or overly sweet. I want a nice, juicy McIntosh that is crisp and just a tad bit sweet.

Since we are heading into peak apple season I have been browsing through apple recipes on the Internet. I am starting to see locally grown apples in my grocery store and while they aren’t organic I figure only traveling an hour to get to my grocery store makes them low on the carbon footprint scale, right?

If you are looking for apple recipes don’t just stick with pies! You can make all sorts of things with apples from salads to breads to stuffed squash and just about everything in between.

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Tips for making this baked German pancake

During my research into possible ways to use up my apples I came across some great apple recipes on The recipe for German Apple Pancakes looked delicious, although I made a few modifications based on what I had and my own personal preference.

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I used whole milk that I got from Promised Land Dairy and along with the local apples and organic eggs this made a great meatless Monday dinner idea. I threw in some walnuts for a little added protein and the resulting pancake was filling and sweet.

Like this breakfast recipe?  Try these, too:

  • Twice Baked Sweet Potato Recipe Perfect for Breakfast! This twice baked sweet potato recipe is topped with an egg and loaded with bacon and scallions. An easy and healthy breakfast recipe that fills you up and satisfies your taste buds! 
  • Chocolate Raspberry Kaiserschmarrn A delicious German breakfast recipe similar to homemade crepes.
  • Easy Kolache Recipe for a Sweet OR Savory Breakfast Bread. Loaded with savory fillings or topped with sweet jam, they are similar to a homemade hot pocket. 

I found that the texture reminded me more of a french toast (slightly eggy and a little more dense than a pancake) but it was easy to make and delicious. Hope you enjoy! Leave me a comment and let me know a few of your own favorite apple recipes!

Apfelpfannkuchen on a yellow plate

Easy Apple Pancake Recipe

German Apple Pancakes are also called Apfelpfannkuchen.  They are light and eggy  and the perfect breakfast recipe, full of caramelized apples.  Baked apple pancakes like this are a delicious way to start the day!

Yield: 8

German Apple Pancake

Apfelpfannkuchen on a yellow plate

If you are looking for apple recipes that are easy to make this is perfect! Great breakfast idea or filling meatless dinner idea. A German recipe perfect for Octoberfest.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 TBSP flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 McIntosh apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 3/4cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. In a large bow combine the flour, baking powder, brown sugar and salt.
  2. Add in the milk, eggs,vanilla, melted butter and mix with whisk briskly until batter is smooth.
  3. Set the batter aside
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F
  5. In a large cast iron skillet (10 to 12 inches), melt the butter over medium heat, brushing butter up on the sides of the pan.
  6. Add in the 1/2 cup brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir to combine.
  7. Line the pan with apple slices and chopped walnuts.
  8. Gently pour the batter mixture over the apples.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  10. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F and bake another 15 minutes.
  11. Let cool 15 minutes and slice to serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 449Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 219mgSodium: 238mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 3gSugar: 22gProtein: 13g

Nutrition information not always accurate.



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