A German Pancake is one of my families favorite breakfast choices. Actually they like almost all the breakfasts I make, except some don’t like oatmeal. Oh well, sometimes it has to be oatmeal. A German pancake is not only very tasty it is fun to bake. It is so cool to open up the oven when the timer goes off and see how big it has puffed!
You really need to try this recipe. If you have kids they will love seeing the puff but they will also love to eat it. It is light, a little crunchy on top, mildly sweet, and although it has lots of eggs it doesn’t taste as eggy as a custard, not that there is anything wrong with that!
We serve a German Puff Pancake with a variety of toppings. You really could do anything you want. We usually have powdered sugar, maple sugar, lemon juice, applesauce and sometimes a fruit sauce. I don’t really like the powdered sugar idea but my husband and children do. Of course you pick and choose. You wouldn’t want sugar and maple syrup. That may be a bit too sweet. I prefer the lemon juice and applesauce on mine.
The recipe is very easy. You just put everything in a bowl, mix it up and pour into a buttered hot cast iron fry pan. Here is the recipe:
German Puff Pancake
1 1/2 cups of whole milk
1 1/2 cups of BREAD flour. It has to be bread flour for the PUFF!
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
Toppings of your choice such as the ones I mentioned.
Place a 12 inch cast iron fry pan in an oven. Set the oven on 450 degrees. After it preheats add stick of butter. Mix up all ingredients in a bowl. Use a bowl with a pour spout if you have one. When butter has melted quickly pour mixture into the pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. It will be very puffy on the sides but the middle will look like it hasn’t cooked all the way. Don’t worry, usually it has. Place on a hot pad on your kitchen table, cut into slices and dig in!
Let me know how your family liked the PUFF!