My mother made Eierkuchen for us quite often when we were children. Usually we had them with Jam or Nutella. AND on SPECIAL days she would make this extra delicious Apfelpfannekuchen or German Apple Pancake Recipe .
Ok, basically, it’s the same recipe as Eierkuchen (German Pancakes) BUT there are slices of apple cooked into the pancake. So good. Top with a bit of sugar, or cinnamon sugar, and it’s a magical breakfast (or dinner) for kids of all ages. It does take an extra step, but it’s not complicated or difficult. Just peel and slice a few apples while the batter is resting. The rest falls into place very easily.
German Apple Pancake Recipe- Apfelpfannekuchen
Keep in mind, I only use an 8 inch pan. My mom uses a bigger one… but she has the flip down to a science! Topping the pancake with a plate while it’s in the pan, and using the plate as an assist helps. It also helps the pancake set a bit… but it does get HOT if you leave it to long. A lid might be more practical.
(The Very Observant among you will notice that this is just my recipe for Iierkuchen Goldgelb (German Pancakes) with the addition of apples. You can find that recipe here–> Authentic German Pancake Recipe)
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Mistakes were made… (and the cook got to have an extra pancake)
Now the trick with Apfelpfannekuchen is the added degree of difficulty with the flip. I have lost a few along the way. And frankly, the world doesn’t end… you just keep the broken one on a plate in the kitchen to nibble on (all in the interest of quality control).
Like with regular German Pancakes, the first one is often lost. Don’t get frustrated. The next one will be fine. And even broken pancakes taste delicious.
Serving German Apple Pancakes
Serve German Apple Pancakes with sugar or cinnamon sugar… or whatever topping you like-
Nutella might be interesting….
Step by Step instructions for the German Apple Pancake Recipe
Peel the apples… core and slice… then slice even thinner for better cooking. (You CAN leave them thick, it just takes longer to cook, and makes the pancake lumpier)
Melt butter into the pan… arrange apples in the pan. (They won’t stay neat, but you can try)
Sprinkle with Cinnamon Sugar if you like
Flip the apples over and let cook until a bit soft… just a few minutes
Pour 1/2 cup batter over the apples. More if you have a bigger pan. Don’t worry if apple sticks out
If you put a plate over the pancake, it might be easier to get the flip right.
It might not though….
Sprinkle with Cinnamon Sugar and enjoy HOT!