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German Apple Pancakes

by Laura

My family absolutely loves German pancakes, otherwise known as hootenannies at our house. So when I saw Sharlene Hawkes on KSL’s Studio 5 sharing a recipe for German Apple Pancakes, I had to give them a try. It does require a little more effort than regular German Pancakes with the addition of apples, but is well worth it.

I thought it was a nice change from the regular German pancakes and would be great to serve to guests. This one is now in my tried and true file. It’s definitely a must to make in the fall time.

The main difference with this recipe is once the butter is melted, you add in the sliced apple to the pan and sprinkle cinnamon. Then you place it in the oven and let the apples cook while you mix up the batter. Once the batter is ready then you pour it in the pan with the apples. Then it all gets a sprinkling of brown sugar and bakes. The apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar are a welcome addition to this family favorite.

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Here is what you need to make the

German Apple Pancakes

  • EGGS
  • MILK
  • SALT
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German Apple Pancakes


  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3 medium apples – cored, peeled, and thinly sliced
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup brown sugar


  1. Turn oven on to 400 degrees. Place butter in 9×13 pan and place in oven until melted.
  2. Remove pan from oven and place apples in warm melted butter, spread them out and sprinkle cinnamon over them. Place back in the oven.
  3. Place eggs, flour, milk and salt in blender and blend for about 45 seconds until smooth.
  4. Remove pan from oven and pour batter over apples. Sprinkle brown sugar over the entire top, and place in oven for about 20-25 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Cut into squares and serve. Serves 8-12.
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Jen January 22, 2022 - 2:21 pm

This is a family favorite. My grandmother used to make me something similar and it brings back great childhood memories! I make this all the time thank you.

k January 11, 2014 - 9:20 pm

We had this for dinner last night. Two recipes from your site in a row and they’ve both been new favorites! I used Granny Smith apples (someone asked on the flashback Friday link).

kay September 28, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Does this end up having the texture of bread pudding?

kat October 10, 2011 - 5:52 am

Could you tell me if it is supposed to be 1/2 CUP brown sugar or 1/2 TBSP of brown sugar or what? It wasn’t clear either here or in the original recipe…

sydsmama98 March 6, 2011 - 8:59 pm

We loved this! I halved the recipe and used a deep dish pie plate, turned out great, thank-you!

Large Shoes February 20, 2010 - 7:21 am

great to see your site is back up today, when your post didn’t work yesterday I was worried something unfortunate might have happenend.

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Jenn October 18, 2009 - 8:44 am

We are not really German Pancake fans but the apples made all the difference. We loved these!

Elizabeth May 31, 2008 - 11:45 am

We had this for breakfast this morning and is was great! It was nice to have something a little different from our normal breakfst routine. I can’t wait to make this again. Thanks for the yummy recipe!


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