Apple Dutch Baby: German Pancakes

This Apple Dutch Baby, or German pancakes, is an oven-baked puffed pancake, deliciously perfect in the fall apple season, and always a popular breakfast treat.

Apple Dutch Baby Oven Pancake in a Cast Iron Skillet

Mush like our Blueberry Dutch Baby recipe, it’s an easy fall weekend breakfast. Or whenever you’re craving pancakes… and apples.

For me, this is a nostalgic breakfast that reminds me of childhood days where the family gathered for my mom’s Dutch Baby. Often it would be topped with peaches or other seasonal fruit.

But always, always, always, the family came running. Because you knew the drama happened when the Dutch Baby was first retrieved from the oven, puffed, and tall… and gorgeously delicious looking.

Today, my family still comes running on those mornings when breakfast is all about a Dutch Baby oven pancake. 

Top view of Apple Dutch Baby in a cast iron skillet

Tips for Making a German Pancakes

These beautiful, German pancakes are very simple to make, and only require a couple of steps.

First, you need an oven-safe 10-inch skillet. A cast-iron skillet is absolutely perfect.

Secondly, while the ingredients are simple and the recipe is very easy to whip up, the pancake batter must be poured into a hot skillet in order to puff correctly.

And finally, I like to slice the apples very thinly, but that’s a personal preference. Use your favorite baking apple, or whatever you have on hand.

Dusting with confectioners’ sugar is a bonus, but is our traditional way to serve it.

Apple Dutch Baby ingredients with sliced apples

Apple Dutch Baby Ingredients

These simple ingredients are likely already on hand. Specific measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Butter
  • Apple, thinly sliced
  • MIlk
  • Large eggs
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Granulated sugar
  • confectioners’ sugar

How To Make an Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet in the oven as it’s heating. In the last couple of seconds, add the butter and let it melt. Remove the skillet from the oven before the butter browns.

Raw apples layered in a cast iron skillet before baking

Step 1: Make the Batter

Meanwhile, make the batter and thinly slice the apples. In a bowl whisk together the milk, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add the flour, cinnamon, sugar, and salt; whisk until very smooth with no dry flour remaining.

Apple Dutch Baby batter in a cast iron skillet before baking

Step 2: Pour the Batter into the Hot Skillet

Remove the skillet from the oven and brush the melted butter to grease the sides of the skillet. Very carefully lay thin slices of apple in a pretty pattern.

Quickly but carefully pour the batter over the apples in the hot skillet.

Apple Dutch Baby in the oven and puffed

Step 3: Bake the Apple Dutch Baby

Return the skillet to the oven and bake until browned and nicely puffed; 20 to 25 minutes.

Call the family so they’re standing near the oven as the Apple Dutch Baby comes out of the oven!

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Wedge of Apple Dutch Baby on a white plate
Apple Dutch Baby Oven Pancake in a Cast Iron Skillet

Apple Dutch Baby: German Pancakes

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Apple Dutch Baby, or German pancakes, is an oven-baked puffed pancake, deliciously perfect in the fall apple season, and always a popular breakfast treat.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet in the oven as its preheating. In the last couple of seconds, add the butter and let it melt. Remove the skillet from the oven.
  2. Meanwhile, make the batter and thinly slice the apples. In a bowl whisk together the milk, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add the flour, cinnamon, sugar, and salt; whisk until very smooth with no dry flour remaining.
  3. Remove the skillet from the oven and brush the melted butter to grease the sides of the skillet. Very carefully lay thin slices of apple in a pretty pattern.
  4. Quickly but carefully pour the batter over the apples in the hot skillet.
  5. Return the skillet to the oven and bake until browned and nicely puffed; 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Notes

  • Make ahead: Make the batter the night before and refrigerate until ready to bake. Let the batter come to room temperature before pouring into the hot skillet.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 157mgSodium: 263mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 1gSugar: 38gProtein: 8g

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