German Oven Pancake

A hot and puffy golden pancake that only requires 5 minutes of prep!  This classic breakfast is always a huge hit at our house!


Breakfast is always a struggle at our house because mornings are always so busy!  I love to surprise the kiddos with a delicious and hot breakfast at least once a week before school.  That is why we love German Pancakes at our house.

5 minutes of prep with ingredients that you have on hand.  This breakfast is totally doable even for the busiest families!


My little girl loves to watch things baking in the oven.  She likes spending time with me in the kitchen and helping.  Or making a mess.  But we sure have fun together.   It is fun to watch this german pancake bake in the oven and get puffy and golden.

As soon as it comes out we all get to top it with our favorite toppings.  I like mine simple with fruit, powdered sugar, and syrup.  But you can go the more traditional German Pancake way of sprinkling with some lemon juice and powdered sugar.


If you haven’t tried this classic breakfast you need to make it.  We absolutely love it at our house and it is so fun and easy to make!  It is sure to be a huge hit with family or guests!


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A hot and puffy golden pancake that only requires 5 minutes of prep! This classic breakfast is always a huge hit at our house!
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium sized bowl whisk the eggs, milk, melted butter, salt and sugar. Add the flour and stir until incorporated being careful not to overmix.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon melted butter to the bottom of a 9 or 11 inch cast iron skillet. Pour the batter into a skillet and bake for 12-18 minutes or just until the edges start to brown. Top with desired toppings.



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  1. Um yeah, so this looks AMAZING!!!! And I NEED It!!!

  2. oh I would love this!

  3. Can I make this without a cast iron pan ?

  4. Alicia Nuszloch says:

    It looks so delicious ….. yum! how many can you feed with this? Thanks

  5. It says to divide the butter. how much goes in the actual pancake?

  6. I made this for Sunday morning brunch and topped it with cherries and homemade honey. My boyfriend was skeptical since he doesn’t typically like pancakes, but this was so delicious and ridiculously quick to make. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Quick, easy, delicious, and surprisingly, turned out great with first attempt. Forgot to add the melted butter until the mix was in the pan, quickly whisked it in, still turned out great. If it helps… For those using celsius I had the oven on 230 C. The pan I used was 26cm wide. My 2 and 4 year old girls were able to help make it and thought it was very yummy. We put chopped up banana, golden kiwi fruit and maple syrup on when cooked. They were most impressed. 😃 5 Stars (Can’t seem to get the star rating to work.)

  8. I was looking for the breakfast pancake recipe to make it this weekend to surprise my wife and kids and this is the one! Honestly, I’m not good at cooking but this pancake recipe seems easy. I’ll make it tomorrow morning!
    Thank you for sharing!! 🙂

  9. This was easy, elegant and fantastic. We topped ours with defrosted mixed berries and powdered sugar. The juice from the defrosted berries was scrumptious drizzled over the whole thing. My Swedish mother made something similar when I was little, but I hadn’t been able to recreate it. So glad I found this recipe. Will be a regular in our house.

  10. hi can i make this with coconut milk? i am lactose intolerant 🙁

  11. How many adult servings does this make? I would like to have it feed 6 adults. Can you suggest recipe adjustment to accommodate? God bless!

  12. Mahshid Hager says:

    Can I make this with pancake mix instead of flower….?

  13. i incorporated the berries in before baking and it was absolutely delicious all melted in the batter! Great recipe!

  14. Hi! This looks delicious! Could you add a bit more specifics about the order of mixing the ingredients together? I tried this recipe this morning and added the butter, then sugar, then milk, then salt, then eggs. The cold milk solidified the melted butter and the ingredients didn’t incorporate and the batter was ruined. Thanks so much!

  15. Hi again! I have a second question. Does this recipe use 3 or 4 tbsp of butter total? I wasn’t sure if all 3 tablespoons of melted butter go into the batter and then you add an extra tablespoon of butter to the skillet or if you save 1 tablespoon for the skillet. Step 1 says to mix the melted butter into the batter, but doesn’t specify the amount. Thanks so much!

    • I wasn’t sure either and ended up using all 3Tbsp in the batter and an extra one on the skillet. It turned out just fine! But after reading through the comments, next time I’ll just use 3 total. But either does work! 👍🏼

  16. Can I use coconut oil instead of butter? And can I store the batter overnight?

  17. Dian Howie says:

    I teach a cooling class and always serve breakfast. Do you think this could be made in muffin cups?

  18. Hi There! First off, this looks fantastic.
    Also, how many does this recipe serve? What size skillet did you use?

  19. I made these in Girl Scouts forever ago. They were and still are so good! In case anyone is wondering, they taste good with Krusteaz brand gluten free flour.

  20. Summer Wenzel says:

    I made thsee pancakes for guests this weekend and they were fabulous! I added fresh orange and lemon zest to the batter and I have to say, I would recommend trying this. I received oooha and ahhhs beginning with the smells from the oven. When the pancakes came out of the oven, my friends were impressd. As we all dug in, the rave reviews continued throughout the meal! Home run!

  21. Wow I’m speechless 😶 so delicious 😋 and warm. Super EZ I made it and im only 12

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