Best Ever German Oven Pancake

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

We love a good classic breakfast at our house. Try this Breakfast Casserole,  Belgian Waffles, or these Mini Puffed Oven Pancakes for a breakfast the family won’t be able to get enough of!

German pancake in a pan with fresh berries over top with syrup.

German Pancakes Recipe

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!

What are German Pancakes made of?

German Pancakes or Dutch Baby Pancakes are made with eggs, milk, flour, and butter. They are made in a metal or cast iron pan. They will puff up. in the oven and fall as they cool.


German pancakes with fresh berries over top with powdered sugar.

How do you make German Pancakes?

  • 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.
  • 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.

The process of making German pancakes in each photo. First whisk together eggs, add flour and other ingredients then butter a pan and pour the batter into the pan.

Are German Pancakes really from Germany?

German Pancakes or Dutch Baby Pancakes are not German Pancakes the way they are prepared in Germany. The American “German Pancakes” are more like a popover, either entirely baked in the oven or started in a pan and finished in the oven.

German oven pancake unclose photo with berries and powdered sugar.

Looking for more delicious breakfast ideas? Look no further!

German pancakes with fresh berries and sprinkled powdered sugar.

German Oven Pancake

4.9 from 47 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 4
A hot and puffy golden pancake that only requires 5 minutes of prep! This classic breakfast is always a huge hit at our house!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine German
Keyword german oven pancake, german pancake


  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter divided
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 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.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
German Oven Pancake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 149mg50%
Sodium 138mg6%
Potassium 103mg3%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 490IU10%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


German pancake in a pan with fresh berries and powdered sugar.

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.)

  3. 5 stars
    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!! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

    1. 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! ??

  8. 5 stars
    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.

  9. 5 stars
    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!

  10. 5 stars
    Love this pancake! Making it for the second morning in a row. My family requested it again and its so easy!

    1. This German pancake is AMAZING and SO DELICIOUS!! My kids and I love to watch it rise in the oven!! It is perfect for a family breakfast everyone can eat at once!! So happy you all loved it!!

  11. Hi I totally love this I made it on Mother’s Day and I’m only 11 it super easy and delicious. Me and my little brother love watching it rise in the oven. I’m gonna make it again on Father’s Day have any extra suggestions?

    1. That is INCREDIBLE!! Way to go SUMMER!! I am so proud of you! Plus, you are super sweet to make that for Mothers Day! For Father’s Day you could always try warming up frozen berries (I like strawberries) and putting some whip cream on top! We like maple syrup too!! It is a great and fun breakfast!! I know your dad will LOVE his Father’s Day breakfast made by you!! Xo

  12. I loved this recipe, mine came out exactly like the picture. I used too much butter in the pan so they were a little oily, next time I will measure! They are eggier than traditional pancakes, my 2 year old says they are eggs. I might try upping the flour next time as an experiment. I’m also going to try adding the fruit wile baking as someone suggested. Maybe some sweetened ricotta too? Yum! My son didn’t want fruit this time but next time it’s my choice!

    1. These German Pancakes are one of our favorite breakfast meals! I am so glad your son loved it too!! I LOVE all your experimenting thoughts!! Sounds like you have a lot of plans!! Enjoy and good luck! Let me know how it turns out!! Xo

  13. 4 stars
    I made it with a French toast crust and let me tell you that was the best thing ever!! For the crust just make french toast like normal but instead of heating it up on my pan I put it on the skillet and then form of crust and let me tell you that was delicious!!! Or you just make the French toast on the side they go great together.

  14. I just finished making and eating was so easy to make and fun to watch it bake in my counter top oven. We loved it can’t wait to try putting a Spanish spin on it. Thanks so much for posting.

  15. 5 stars
    I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the cranberry sauce recipe! It was a hit at my Thanksgiving table, at least for those of us who don’t care for cran sauce (most of us). Thank you for sharing!

  16. 5 stars
    This pancake has become a family favorite! My husband requests it like every morning!!! I just stopped by to say thank you for this delicious and satisfying recipe.

  17. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe first with just confectioners sugar and freshly squeezed lemon and we all loved it. I tried another similar recipe that included cooked down apple slices and cinnamon and nutmeg. We all agreed it wasn’t as good. We went back to this recipe for the batter and incorporated the apples from the other recipe.

    1. 5 stars
      I actually found that my 10″ stainless steel pans work really well.
      The pancakes puff up high but they don’t spill over.
      I actually use them more than my cast iron for this recipe.

  18. 5 stars
    I made this last week exactly as it’s written and served with sliced strawberries and blue berries. It was fantastic and it looked beautiful in my cast iron skillet. Will be making again tomorrow morning. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  19. 5 stars
    This was great and the family loved it. Next time though I will use room temperature eggs and warm the milk a bit to keep the butter from solidifying, and add the flour a bit slower (it clumped on me this time :/)

  20. 4 stars
    Made for a special mother’s day meal for my wife. I did it in cast iron. The only thing I added. (Because I can’t leave things alone). Cinnamon to the butter before pouring in the mixture. Not to much, could barely tast it. I will be making this for my adult kids and there kids

    Thank you and it was easy to make

    I tried to give you 5 stars , it wouldn’t let me

    1. That is great to hear! I am so glad that you made it for your wife! It is a family favorite in our home! Thank you for sharing and letting me know about the stars. I appreciate each one of them;)!! XOXO

  21. Alyssa, Thank you so much for sharing your Dutch Baby Recipe. My husband and I like to try different recipes but yours is the best we have ever had. YUM!!! Thank you again for the wonderful Dutch Baby we had this morning.

  22. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for the BEST Dutch Baby we have ever tasted. My husband and I like trying new ones but we will forever make this one. It is so tasty. The best we have ever had. Yours is even better then the one we get at the German Resturant. All we can say is YUM AND WOW!! Thanks again.

  23. 5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! I have made it 3 times, and the only change I make is to add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
    I bake it in a stoneware pie plate, and it turns out perfectly after 15 minutes.
    We serve it with lots of maple syrup, and it serves 2-my husband and me!
    Thanks so much for a new family favorite!

  24. 5 stars
    This Dutch Baby is the best tasting, easiest pancake ever. We love it with the powder sugar and lemon topped with fresh berries. Thank you for sharing the best recipe ever.

  25. 5 stars
    GREAT recipe … very light, fluffy and delicate flavor. I unless you were serving other items, making a single recipe would be more realistic to serve 2-3 adults.. Slid right out of my cast iron pan and super easy clean-up. Easy to whip-up for either something different or for a special occasion – definitely worthy to serve on Christmas morning. I will certainly make this again and again

  26. Is this supposed to be really eggy? Or did I not mix in the flour enough? My new cast iron pan (that I seasoned last night) must need a few more runs because it also stuck so bad.

  27. 3 stars
    This was really interesting. Not what I was expecting for sure. It was good- but came out very thin, and tasted very eggy and reminiscent of french toast. I did use a 9×13 since I did not have a cast iron on hand. Maybe that played a part?

    1. A 9×13 should have worked. A tip would be to beat the eggs for a long period of time in order to get more of a fluffiness texture. You will also either want to add 3 more eggs for the 9×13 pan. That is probably why it was flat. Hope you will try them again. They are a quick and easy breakfast that fills you up and is very delicious! One of our family favorites! XOXO

  28. 5 stars
    This recipe is so yummy and so simple to make!! I substituted the flour and milk with gluten-free flour and almond milk. The cold milk and eggs did make the melted butter solidify, but I just mixed it a little longer and it still worked. I put my 10inch cast iron skillet into the oven as it was warming up, then added the tbsp of butter to the heated skillet before pouring in the batter. It turned out great!

  29. 5 stars
    This is a new favourite at our house. Topped with icing sugar, raspberries, blackberries and maple syrup, and feeds 2 adults and a child using a 10″ cast iron pan. Absolutely divine!

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