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Hootenannies (otherwise known as German Pancakes)

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Before I was married, I had never eaten a German pancake. After getting married, my husband told me how he loves a recipe for Hootenannies that his mom makes. I had never heard of Hootenannies (otherwise known as German pancakes). Come to find out that is what his family called German Pancakes.

After making them, it has become a staple in our house. It’s quick, easy and the whole family loves them. So if you haven’t given Hootenannies a try before, here’s your chance.
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Hootenannies (aka German Pancakes) | realmomkitchen.com

Hootenannies (otherwise known as German Pancakes)

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  • ½ cup butter I only use 1/4 cup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt


  • Melt butter in a 9x13 pan while oven preheats. Heat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a blender, mix eggs and milk; add flour and salt and blend again.
  • Pour mixture into pan with melted butter. Bake 15 to 20 minutes at 425 degrees. (This will rise, but will not run over pan.)
  • Cut in squares and serve as French toast with syrup, jelly, fruit, powdered sugar. Be creative! Serves 8.
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  1. I grew up on these. I only add a half stick of butter. They are so delicious! I love them with apple butter on them;) oh and I use gluten free flour. Turns out great!

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  7. I grew up eating these and they are SO delicious! I now like to make these with a drizzle of olive oil into muffin pans (heated to smoking point then add the batter). They come out as perfect little cups for whatever you want to put inside.

  8. We call them “Hearst Castle” since they look like a castle when they come out of the oven and we lived in California near the Hearst Castle. Add another name to the list!!

  9. We had these this morning. So easy and very yummy. Next time we make these I want to try it with fruit and whip cream. Thanks!! I love your website!

  10. So i used to make these all the time, exact same recipe and about the past 10 times I have made them, I cant get them to puff up anymore at all! I am not doing anything different or different ingredients…what do you think is wrong?

    1. Julie pour the hoot and nannie mixture while dish of melted butter is in oven do not remove dish with melted butter from oven and then pour hoot and nannie mixture in okay.

  11. Awesome website. Thanks.
    I make something very similar to this only with peaches in the recipe. My recipe also has 1/3 cup sugar and 1 tsp of almond extract in the dough. The peaches are added to the sizzling butter, returned to the oven for a couple of minutes and then the dough is added. I had no idea it was just a variation on German pancakes.

  12. Just to add another name for these…we grew up calling them "Dutch Babies". Weird, huh? And we eat them with lemon juice and powdered sugar. So good.

  13. We had these often as children. Our favorite toppings were yogurt or cherry pie filling and whipped cream.

  14. It's fun to see the different names people have for them. Growing up my neighbors called them Elephant Ears, so that is what I've renamed them for my kids. 🙂 I love them and could eat the whole pan!

  15. I’ve never heard them called that before! We called them monsters growing up since they grew so big in the oven, never knew they were german pancakes until I was older. 🙂 I found your blog through my sisters cucina and love your recipes!

  16. Thank you for this delish recipe! I came back to print this up again, because I gave my hardcopy to my sister. This is about the sixth time we’ve made these – we have them for dinner in the middle of the week! I love your blog and great “real” meals! Thank you!

  17. I Love Hootenanny!!! My mom made it all the time when we were growing up. Maybe the name is a Utah thing? That’s where I grew up so it makes sense to me. I just need to get my daughter to try them. She insists that she doesn’t like it even though she’s never tried it!

  18. Guess what I’m trying this weekend. Gonna have a Hoot! Never heard of these but this will be perfect because if they don’t come out good = my son doesn’t like them then that’s ok because it was simple and didn’t take too long. Awesome, thanks!!!!!! I’ll let you know.