Pannekoeken (Apple Pie Pancake/German)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

I was watching Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and this was made and looked too good. Luckily it was submitted for publishing on the site and wasn't on This is a recipe courtesy of Maria Bayer, Magnolia Pancake Haus. People eat it for breakfast at the restaurant but could also be served as a dessert.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg and apples to a pan. Saute the apples over medium-low heat until slightly soft, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the batter. Mix the milk, vanilla and eggs in a bowl. Add the flour, granulated sugar and salt and whisk lightly (some lumps are ok but not too many).
  4. Increase the heat under the apples to medium and add the brown sugar and butter. Cook until a syrup forms, about 3 minutes, then add the batter all at once to the center of the pan. Swirl the apple syrup mix through the batter, using a heatproof spatula, to form ribbons (you do not want to fully combine the apple-sugar syrup into the batter). Cook until small bubbles form around the edge.
  5. Finish cooking the pannekoeken in the oven, 12 minutes. To serve, invert a 12-inch plate over the pan and flip the pan to turn out the pannekoeken. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, top with whipped cream and enjoy!


Most Helpful

This was super easy and delicious. Next time I will cut down the sugar though. It's just not necessary to use quite so much in the apples, although I did use a different type of apple. I cooked this in a 10" cast iron skillet. Need to be careful not to wait too long to put it in the oven and burn the bottom due to the sugar. I pulled it out of the oven 2 minutes early. Came out nice. A real treat.

LKC_NYC December 07, 2013

This was very easy, but I thought it was just ok. I did forget that German "pancakes" are way more eggy than American versions, so maybe that's why I didn't enjoy it as much as others. I did cook this in a cast iron like LKC_NYC. I used two Gala apples that would be equivelant to a large Granny Smith. I added just a dash of clove because I think it goes great with apples. I did everything else exact, but the batter was just too eggy for us. I also think there is too much sugar. I think this could be cut in half, unless we use a regular pancake batter. If I do make this again, that's what I would do - is switch out the batter. Thanks for posting.

Smilyn March 23, 2014

I wish I could give this 10 stars!!! It's very easy to make - even on those hectic school mornings. I try to get everything together the night before and it's quick to throw together. I also let it in the oven just about 2-3 minutes longer then this recipe calls for. Everyone in my family loves this for breakfast!

skopit January 03, 2013

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