German Apple Pancake Zells

"A light and puffy apple custard-like creation serving two and baked in a skillet. Great for breakfast, dessert and snacks."
photo by Lynne the Pirate Queen photo by Lynne the Pirate Queen
photo by Lynne the Pirate Queen
Ready In:
1 10inch pancake




  • Combine the 1/3 cup sugar and the cinnamon; set aside.
  • Whisk together the flour, remaining 1 tsp sugar, salt and half and half until smooth; thoroughly whisk in eggs.
  • In a heavy, 10" oven-proof skillet cook the apples in the butter over moderate heat, stirring, for 2 minutes; sprinkle with the sugar mixture and stir, cooking, until sugar is melted.
  • Pour the batter over the apple mixture; bake in a preheated 400° oven 12-15 minutes, or until it is puffed and golden; invert onto a heated platter.

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  1. Nado2003
    My pancake puffed up beautifully, but of course, it also falls after being removed from the oven. I followed the recipe except I used 2 apples (love apples). My family loved it. They thought it was a great dessert but my 10 yr daughter said "The Germans are lucky they get to eat this for breakfast." Perfect for 4 desserts. Thank you.
  2. NOOBchef
    Hi! So my making of this didn't turn out too well: it didn't rise and as a result it was too eggy. I don't know why because none of the other recipes say this, but looking at the recipe, there's no 'raising agent' so I don't see how it would be puffy. I don't have the best oven, so my result might be its fault, which is why I'm not reating. But if you could get back to me about this, as it really does seem a good recipe, I'd be grateful. Thanks! <3, the NOOBchef.
  3. LARavenscroft
    Made for I Recommend Tag. Sugarpea ~ just wanted you to know that the "no star" rating has nothing to do with anything other than the fact that I tried to convert this to gluten free and it didn't work, but it was my fault. I used the wrong flour mix and will be making this again with a different flour mix and will re-post my review then. The apples tasted fantastic, but the pancake did not puff up at all for me. Gluten free flours can be tricky!
  4. Lynne the Pirate Queen
    Out of nowhere I suddenly developed a craving for a German apple pancake. Oh WOW, did this ever hit the spot! My fiance, our roommate and I had this for dinner tonight, and it was sooo wonderful. Decadent and sweet, but in just the right way, and perfect with the pork sausages I served alongside. Since I was serving 4 people, I made a double recipe and used a 12" skillet. I think that if I had two 10" skillets, it would have been better -- I think it would have puffed up better in the smaller skillet -- but using the 12" worked very well. My only real problem came from not having a platter large enough to fit such a large pancake! :)
  5. carrie sheridan
    quick, easy, gourmet scrumptious! this is the recipe Walker Brothers Pancake House uses in north shore Chicago - the place is always packed! i looked for this for 34 years... sugarpea, Thank You So Much... i drizzle melted butter with cinnamon sugar in it over the top, after inverted... this is a treat - fancy - to gobble up... a Dutch Baby pancake is the other popular Walker Brothers food...


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