World Cup Recipes – German Pancakes aka Dutch Babies with Sweet Apple Filling

With the big Soccer tournament now under way I thought I would help celebrate by posting some recipes with an around the world theme.

First up is a family favourite that I get asked for at least once a week, German Pancakes with a Sweet Apple Filling.

I have also seen these called Dutch Babies so this is a tribute to both the Germany and Netherlands Soccer Nations.

I get asked almost every week-end to whip up two of these for breakfast.  Light eaters will eat a quarter sized slice, but  more often than not I have eaten one half of a pancake.

How to make the filling


5 Granny Smith or Honeycrisp Apples       1/4 cup of Melted butter
3/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
1 1/2 Tbs Cornstarch
1/2 cup of Milk

Start by peeling and core 5 Apples, I use Granny Smith but Honeycrisp works well too, you can even use a combination of the two. Dice up the apples.

In a skillet melt a half stick of butter and add the brown sugar, milk and cornstarch, stir until thickened which should be about 2 or 3 minutes.

When thickened add the diced apple and over medium heat cook for 5-10 minutes untill the apples are soft, stirring frequently.

For those that really like cinnamon you can sprinkle some on the apple filling as well, but not a necessity.

When cooked set aside.

Next we will make the Pancakes

Making German Pancakes


5 Large eggs (at room temperature)
1 cup of Milk (at room temperature)
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cup of Flour
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt

Lemon Juice and Icing Sugar for garnish

Because the recipe works better with the eggs and milk at room temperature I crack the eggs and have the milk sitting on the counter while I make the filling.

It is very important to pre-heat your pans in the oven set at 450 F, 10 or 12 inch Cast-Iron Skillets work best but if you do not have ceramic or glass pie Plates will work in a pinch.

While the pans are heating let’s make the batter.

Whisk up the 5 eggs and add to them the cup of milk and the vanilla and whisk together.

In a separate bowl we will mix the dry ingredients together.

Combine the flour (all-purpose works well), cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

combine and whisk the wet & dry together, I just do this by hand as you want it mixed well but a few lumps is ok, no need to over mix.

Take the heated pans out of the oven and put at least a 1/4 stick to 1/2 stick of butter in each pan, and as it is melting coat the bottom and sides of the pans.

Split the batter into the two pans over the melted butter. (do not stir, just leave it as is), and put them back into the 450 F oven. The pancakes are baked in the oven not on the stove-top!

As they bake you will see the pancake rise up huge and into some wild shapes, this is normal the center will fall after they come out of the oven.

Baking should take about 12 minutes, You want the outer edges to darken the center may not look cooked but it will be, it is the butter that maybe sitting on the top of the pancake.

If you have kids in the house they will be fascinated by the wierd shapes that the pancakes will rise to, no two will ever be the same.

When they come out of the oven you can sprinkle some Lemon Juice around the pancakes while they are still in the hot skillets

If your pans are well seasoned they should lift out of the skillets very easily with a spatula, and you can then plate them.

At this point you can add the apple filling to the pancakes (you can reheat the filling for a couple of minutes just before taking the pancakes out of the oven)

You can use other fruits for this recipe, sometimes I will slice up strawberries and coated them with sugar to get the strawberries juicy  and use that instead of the apple filling, or as a treat put a couple of scoops of ice cream on top.

What are you waiting for?  Make some of these today, a great breakfast or make it as a dessert….. Enjoy!

Edit, I had made a youtube video making these once before you can see it here …


About Wilfred Reinke
Married with 3 kids and 2 grandkids, Owner of Oshawa Laser Supply Computers-Printers-Paper Sales, Loves to BBQ and learning more about it.

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