Insanely delicious + easy German pancakes

A few weeks ago I wandered into the kitchen to make breakfast for the short people in my life, as one does, only to discover we were low on groceries.  But I gots some skillz you guys.  I sniffed around the kitchen for a bit and what, WHAT? I found just enough ingredients to whip up some insanely delicious + easy German pancakes.

Insanely delicious + easy German pancakes

When was the last time you had German pancakes?  Last night for dinner?  I hope so, I really do.  These things are ridiculously easy to make and only need a few ingredients, a blender (or child slave labor) and a hot oven.  Anyone can make German pancakes and they pop out of the oven bubbly and beautiful and ready to snarf.

That’s totally a word, yo.

insanely delicious and easy German pancakes

German pancakes are a modern day miracle, a product of perfect German engineering and years of discipline.  Maybe.  Probably.

Here’s what you need to make your own Insanely delicious + easy German pancakes:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

And if you want to eat the pancakes with buttermilk syrup:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar
easy German breakfast pancakes

Whip it up:

  1. Toss your eggs and milk into a blender (I use my Blendtec, but a child with a whisk and a bowl is totally legal), add flour and salt and blend until you have no chunks.  Chunks are gross.
  2. Pour melted butter into an un-greased 9×13 dish, pour the batter on top, and bake uncovered at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.
  3. If you’re making buttermilk syrup, now’s the time to get on that business.  In a saucepan mix together the sugar, buttermilk, butter, corn syrup and baking soda until it comes to a boil, stirring the whole time.  After about 5-7 minutes remove the syrup from heat and add the vanilla.

Top the pancakes with whatever you like.  We eat ours with syrup, strawberries and bananas, or preserves.  Whatever fits your fancy.  Once the pancakes come out of the oven and cool for a few minutes, dust with powdered sugar and drizzle buttermilk syrup on top and serve.  OH MY, WHAT?  I just died a little.

Go make some pancakes already.

pancakes recipe via: Renae Moncur via

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Kristen :

    Whoa – love this recipe and can’t wait to try it!

  2. Kelleyn :

    Actually, German pancakes aren’t German. They were a Seattle creation also known as Dutch babies. Real German pancakes are very similar to American ones except they have quark in them which is similar to Greek yogurt and instead of maple syrup they use apple sauce or some berry mixture though not made often and you might never see them on the menu. The Dutch are known for pancakes and the a crazy big served with all kinds of yummy toppings that are sweet and savory. I agree with you though German pancakes are a gift from heaven and perfect for a budget. I add a little cinnamon or vanilla to the mixture to take away some of the egg taste because my kids aren’t too thrilled with that.

  3. Emily :

    Yum. I need to make these again. How do you like your Blendtec?

  4. Sarah :

    We devour german pancake at our house. seriously there are 4 of us and I always need to make 2 pans. We have topped them with all of the usual things, jam, syrup, applesauce is a favorite, but I have never made the buttermilk syrup. I will, this weekend.

    ooh another good addition is fresh plumbs placed in the dish before you bake, seriously so good!

  5. Jenny :

    Those are the best breakfast for dinner item! We like to saute a bunch of apples in cinnamon and sugar and toss them into the pan before pouring in the batter and baking. It’s heavenly.

  6. Rik :

    Buttermilk syrup is my liiiiiife. That’s why my butt is so big. :)

  7. Laura :

    Awww, your writing in this post sounds like my mom’s writing! I can’t wait to get home from college for the summer and ask her to make these for me. I’m still the small person in her life. :) Thanks for sharing. They look delicious!

  8. Qui :

    oh yummm!! thank you for sharing; I wasn’t aware of German pancakes. Can’t wait to try them. I love easy recipes :)

  9. karin :

    Hi, I am German and the recipe sounds delicious. Just never made the German pancakes that way. The pancakes I grew up with in Germany are similar to the ones in the States: eggs, flour, milk/buttermilk, salt, sugar, vanilla, if you want to. Fry them in the pan for few minutes, flip them over. Similar to the French crepes. We eat them with applesauce, cherries, etc. We omit the baking powder. But I will try this recipe as it sounds DELICIOUS!