Easy German Pancakes/Dutch Babies Recipe




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In this instructable, I will show you how to make German Pancakes, also referred to as Dutch Babies, and is similar to a crepe, batter wise, but cooked differently. This easy german pancake recipe is a great addition to your breakfast repertoire. Let's get baking!

If you have any questions or comments put them down below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Follow the easy steps below or watch the very short video tutorial, or do both!

Step 1: Ingredients


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk (1%, 2%, Whole) (240ml)
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour (120g)
  • 2 Tbsp. of butter (28g)
  • 1 tsp. of salt (5g)
  • 1 Tbsp. of granulated sugar (optional) (12.5g)
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extra (optional) (5ml)


  • Whisk or blender or hand mixer
  • 9x13" baking pan
  • Large Bowl

Step 2: Eggs, Milk, and Whisking

First let's preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. (204 C). Now lets take our eggs and put them in a bowl, then add our milk, and whisk them together really well. Alternatively you could do this with a hand mixer or a blender.

Step 3: Flour and Salt

Now let's just add our flour and our salt. If you would like these to be extra sweet, add about 1 Tbsp of sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Then whisk away until the batter is nice and runny. It will resemble a crepe batter.

Step 4: Melt That Butter

Now we add our butter to a 13x9 baking dish and put it in the oven for about 1 minute until the butter is nice and melted, you may need to tilt the pan to make sure the butter coats everywhere.

***Where oven mitts when handling the pan, it will be hot!!

***You could also use an iron skillet to do this, which I believe is the classic authentic dish for baking dutch babies.

Step 5: Pour, Bake, Enjoy!

Now we pour all of the batter into the hot pan, then place it in the oven and let it bake for 20 to 22 minutes. The pancake will climb up the sides and the edges will get a nice golden brown. Top them off with your favorite pancake toppings! Enjoy!

Step 6: Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action by watching this very short video tutorial!



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    6 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Quite interesting. I definitely will give it a try.

    But the whole procedure left me a little confused.

    Being quite familiar with german culture and cuisine I remember the german pancakes more as "thick crepes" (1egg, 100g flour, 150ml milk, salt, sugar; whisked and fried in a pan) and never heard about any oven versions.

    May I ask where in particular in Germany you came about this recipe of an ofen version of a pancake?

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    Reply 2 years ago

    well, I am german and I never heard of this version as well...but hey, this one sounds yum and I will give it a try...

    and yes, german pancakes are slightly thicker crepes, the dough is almost the same (sometimes it's more eggs, sometimes you add sparkling water to the dough to make it more fluffy, but that is just depending on the region in germany and doesn't make a huge difference) as crepes dough

    haha I had to totally look these up on Wikipedia. Growing up that is what we always called them here in the states. This is what I found about them! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_baby_pancake haha totally originated here in the States. The same way French Fries are not French. lol Anyways, they are super yummy give them a try and let me know how they turn out!!! :)


    Great question! This is just what we call them here in the states. I have been making this since 8th grade Elementary school. haha not sure where it came from. :)

    Cheese Queen

    2 years ago

    A classic Dutch baby topping is a squeeze or 3 of lemon juice and a generous powdered sugar; if you've stuck to maple syrup heretofore, try it! Surprising and delicious!

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    mmmmm that sounds yummy!!! I have done powdered sugar many many times, never thought of doing the lemon juice with it...gotta try it! :) Thank you for sharing!