Dutch Baby German Pancake (Refined Sugar Free)

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This Dutch Baby German Pancake recipe is not only one of the simplest breakfast recipes you’ll find, but it’s also naturally sweetened and free of refined sugar, making it both delectable and healthier. Its puffed and golden appearance will also make it a stunning centerpiece on your breakfast table.

Top view of German Pancake in a cast iron skillet with fresh berries for serving

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This classic German pancake recipe is versatile and serves as the foundation for several other German pancake recipes available on the site. You can easily customize it to your liking by adding your favorite toppings, such as fruit, berries, or yogurt, and drizzling it with maple syrup or honey.

Personally, I find it perfectly delicious as is, especially when paired with fresh seasonal fruit and a good cup of coffee or tea, while enjoying lively conversation around the breakfast table.

Just like my Make Ahead Easy Vegetable Egg Bake Breakfast Casserole, this recipe serves as a blueprint that I adapt throughout the year to create seasonal Dutch Baby pancakes.

Links to more German pancake recipes are below!

Top view of German Pancake as it emerges from the oven with berries on the side for serving

Reasons to love German pancakes

  • Emerges from the oven spectacularly puffed and gorgeous.
  • Ready in 25 minutes or less.
  • Delicious and naturally sweetened.
  • It bring people together.
Side view of German pancake in a black cast iron skillet in the oven.

This final point, about how it brings people together, is particularly true in my household. Whenever I prepare this stunning, puffed, and golden dish, it draws everyone to the kitchen to to watch this puffed beauty. Although its impressive height only lasts for a few moments, it’s certainly enough to gather a crowd and create a memorable experience.

How is a German Pancake Different than Griddle Pancakes?

Pancakes are a weekend stable in our household. I recently shared my husband’s Fluffy Pancake recipe on the site, which has become a fan favorite among our family, friends, and readers. It also is definitely a recipe that brings people together.

However, oven pancakes are a simpler alternative because you can pour the batter into a hot skillet and bake in the oven without needing to flip or wait for individual pancakes to cook.

Top view of German pancake ingredients on a round wood board

German Pancake Pantry Ingredients

Gather these simple pantry ingredients the next time you’re inspired to make this oh-so-simple oven pancake!

Specific ingredient measurements are in the recipe card below.

  • Butter, salted or unsalted
  • Large eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Milk
  • Maple syrup or honey (which makes this recipe refined sugar free)
  • Salt as needed
  • Vanilla extract for additional flavor
Side view of oven pancake in a cast iron skillet with fresh berries ready for serving

Tips on How to Make a German Pancake

Step-by-step instructions are in the recipe card below.

A German Pancake is one of the simplest breakfast recipes you can make. Although it’s stunningly pretty, appearances can be deceiving as this recipe looks decidedly more difficult to make than it is!

That being said, here are a few tips to ensure your German Pancake is puffed and pretty, and utterly effortless.

German Pancake Tips

  • Whisk the eggs vigorously and thoroughly. I like to use a hand whisk but you could also use a blender if you prefer.
  • Be sure the skillet is hot before adding the batter. A hot skillet helps ensure the pancake will puff and rise.
  • Have your people ready when it comes out of the oven. After all, it’s part of an oven pancakes charm 😍.
Top view of a slice of German Pancake on a blue and white breakfast plate with fresh peaches, blueberries, and raspberries


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Top view of German Pancake in a cast iron skillet with fresh berries for serving

Dutch Baby German Pancake

Dutch Baby German Pancake is a simple breakfast recipe you'll love. Naturally sweetened, it's healthier, stunningly pretty, and delicious!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Heat a 10-inch cast iron skillet (affiliate link) (or oven safe skillet) until hot. Add butter and let melt in the skillet, watch carefully so that it doesn't burn or become too brown.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs, flour, milk maple syrup, salt, and vanilla until completely smooth. You could also use a blender for this process too.
  • Once the butter has melted and the skillet is hot, immediately pour the pancake batter into the hot skillet and transfer to the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 18 to 24 minutes until the oven pancake is puffed and nicely golden.
  • Remove from the oven and top with butter, additional maple syrup, fruit and berries, or whatever if your favorite. Cut into wedges and serve immediately.



Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 503IU | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: German
Keyword: dutch baby, german pancake

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