Oma’s German Pancakes With Apples and Cinnamon

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These light, tender, and fluffy German Pancakes are incredibly easy to make. We go back to the basics in typical German fashion: eggs, milk, flour, plus apples and cinnamon.

Then we add a secret ingredient: club soda. Yes, club soda. This helps to make these pancakes extra light and airy.

A forkful of freshly cooked German Apple Pancakes

About German Apple Pancakes

If you’re looking to dress up your typical pancake meal, these German pancakes with their apple and cinnamon flavors might be just what you’re looking for.

In only 25 minutes, you can serve pancakes made to order, made to please.

This recipe has some similarities to the Belgian Waffle recipe, adding sparkling water to the mix makes it extra light and airy. Adding fresh apples gives added flavor and texture.

This was one of the staple meals in my house. And it was typically served for lunch, not breakfast.

Unlike in the United States, in Germany lunch is the main meal of the day. Lunch is the time when most Germans (at least when I was growing up) would eat their warm meal of the day. Dinner used to be a mostly cold-cuts sandwich-style meal.

what You’ll Need To Make German Pancakes

Ingredients for the German Apple Pancakes

How To Make German Pancakes On The Stove

Making authentic German Pancakes from scratch is surprisingly easy.

PREP

  1. Combine 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon in a small bowl. You’ll use this mixture later to drizzle over the cooked pancakes.
  2. Peel, core, and slice one apple.
  3. Separate egg yolks from egg whites. Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks
Step 1: add sliced apples | Step 2: add egg whites

Making The Dough

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, granulated sugar, egg yolks, and milk in a large mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer and beat at medium speed until well combined.
  2. Add club soda and beat on low speed. Be sure not to overbeat, because you want to keep the carbonation in the batter.
  3. Gently fold egg whites into the batter.
  4. Add apple slices to batter.
Left: Folding in the egg whites - Right: Cooking the pancakes in vegetable oil

Cooking The Pancakes

  1. Use a large skillet or a griddle and heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Once the oil is hot add approximately 1 cup of the batter to the skillet and cook pancakes for 3-4 minutes until each side is golden brown.
  3. Plate the pancake onto a plate and drizzle with cinnamon sugar.

Recommended Kitchen Tools For This Recipe

  • Use a hand mixer and a mixing bowl to make the batter. If you have a stand mixer use the whisk attachment to make the stiff egg whites and the paddle attachment to make the batter.
  • I recommend using a 10 or 12-inch non-stick skillet for cooking the pancakes on the stove.

Recipe Notes

You may notice that German apple pancakes are slightly larger than their American cousins. And you’ll also find the German version is more filling due to the fact that the batter includes eggs.

Why do I mention this? Because in America we are used to ‘stacks of pancakes’. But when you make this recipe, you’ll find that one or two pancakes per person will be sufficient.

Are German Apple Pancakes breakfast food?

Traditionally speaking – no.

Don’t get me wrong, pancakes are just as delicious for breakfast as they are at any other time of the day. But if you want to know when they were traditionally served in Germany, you might be surprised to learn that we’d most often have them for lunch.

Did you know that traditionally Germans eat their hot meal midday? This means lunch was considered the main meal of the day. Whereas dinner consisted of some type of sandwich-style meal.

Today most of our lives aren’t set up to having dinner at lunchtime. And while this is an easy recipe, it’s a bit too involved for everyday breakfast.

This is why I love to make German apple pancakes for brunch.

What To Do With Leftovers

Apple Pancakes keep well in the fridge for a day or two. Simply reheat the leftover pancakes with a little bit of oil.

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A forkful of freshly cooked German Apple Pancakes

German Apples Pancakes with Cinnamon Sugar

German-style pancakes filled with tender sliced apples and drizzled with cinnamon sugar.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: German
Keyword: German recipes
AUTHOR: Maike
SERVINGS: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
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Ingredients

German Pancake Batter

Frying The Pancakes

Cinnamon Sugar

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar divided
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Peel, core, and slice the apple. Set aside.

Making the Dough

  • Separate the egg yolk from the egg whites and put the egg whites into a large mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks and set aside.
  • Use a separate mixing bowl to combine flour, baking powder, salt, granulated sugar, and milk. Beat with an electric mixer until all the ingredients are well combined. Slowly mix the soda into the dough.
  • Use a spatula to gently fold the stiff egg whites into the batter.
  • Fold the sliced apples into the batter.

Making Cinnamon Sugar

  • Combine cinnamon and ¼ cup of granulated sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.

Making the Pancakes

  • Heat ½ teaspoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pour about 1 cup of the pancake batter into the skillet.
  • Cook the pancake until bubbles form (about 3-4 minutes). Flip the pancake and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Add more vegetable oil for the next pancake and repeat the process until all pancakes have been cooked.
  • Serve on a plate and drizzle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Notes

*Nutrition calculation does not include the cinnamon sugar since the amount will vary from person to person. 

Nutrition

Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 214mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 2mg
German Apple Pancakes
Updated: May 26, 2020

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