German Apple Pancake #BloggerCLUE

Cinnamon spiced apples topped with a simple batter transform into a delectable German Apple Pancake after a short stint in the oven.

German Apple Pancake | Baked in a skillet with cinnamon apples and drizzled with apple-cinnamon syrup

Blogger CLUE Celebrates Autumn

This month, I’m joining my Blogger CLUE friends to cook up some tasty dishes that are perfect for the crisp days of autumn. Whether featuring pumpkin, apples or just plain comfort food, you’ll want to check out all the contributors this month for some menu inspiration. My assignment this month was a familiar blog, A Palatable Pastime, written by my friend, Sue Lau. She’s also a home cook and has tons of terrific recipes you can easily make at home. I’m still drooling over her Sauerkraut and Meatball Pizza from  a recent #SundaySupper post. Sue’s Easy Fried Apples tempted me, too, though I probably would have eaten half of them before getting them into a bowl! I was delighted to find her recipe for a German Apple Pancake with a fabulous apple cinnamon syrup.

German Apple Pancake | Baked in a skillet with cinnamon apples and drizzled with apple-cinnamon syrup

A Breakfast Treat

I sliced a couple Fuji apples, then sauteed them in butter with a bit of cinnamon. The apples were arranged over some melted butter in a hot skillet, then an eggy pancake batter was poured over the top before popping the whole shebang into a hot oven. I’d also recommend making Sue’s fabulous cinnamon syrup created by reducing apple cider and sugar with some cinnamon till thick and syrupy. The perfectly spiced syrup gave an added sweetness and more warm cinnamon spice to complete the dish deliciously. I served this to the family before they headed up to Lambeau Field to watch the Packers play the Rams this past weekend. Nick was home from college for fall break and he was delighted to have a breakfast other than his typical grab and go meal. This German Apple Pancake was certainly a treat for all of us. Thanks, Sue!

The Blogger CLUE Crew and their terrific autumn recipes for October

German Apple Pancake #BloggerCLUE

Serves 4-6 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr

A tasty apple breakfast treat with a cinnamon-apple cider syrup


Cinnamon Syrup

  • 1 cup fresh apple cider
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (Sue used Saigon cinnamon)


  • 2 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Pancake batter

  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter


  1. To make the syrup, whisk together the ingredients in a small saucepan.Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a full boil and thickens slightly.reduces and thickens or reaches 212F/100C on a thermometer. Remove from heat and allow to cool until it is warm.
  2. Preheat oven and a 10-inch cast iron skillet to 450º.
  3. Melt butter for apples in a medium sized nonstick skillet. Add apples and cinnamon and cook over medium heat, flipping as needed, until soft. Stir in the brown sugar and set aside while making the pancake batter.
  4. Beat eggs until frothy. Stir in the milk, flour, salt, and baking powder. Whisk until smooth
  5. When the skillet is preheated, remove it from the oven, add butter and let it melt
  6. Carefully arrange the cooked apples over the bottom of the skillet.
  7. Pour the pancake batter over all.
  8. Place skillet back in the oven and bake for 18-25 minutes, until the top of the pancake is golden brown.
  9. Allow skillet to sit for a minute, then run a knife around the edge to loosen the pancake.
  10. Carefully invert the pancake onto a serving platter. Serve with warm cinnamon syrup and sprinkle with some extra cinnamon if desired.


Recipe Notes

Syrup can be made ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator and warm up before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 596kcal Calories from fat 199
% Daily Value
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 416mg 17%
Carbohydrate 94g 31%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 72g
Protein 8g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. We love German apple pancake! Haven’t made one in a while…yours looks utterly delicious, Liz.

  2. I haven’t had a german pancake in ages, and this is making me crave it in the worst way. It sounds fantastic!

  3. Mmmmmm, German Apple Pancakes sounds so delish, Liz. I can imagine the awesome taste of cinnamon spiced apples.

  4. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    My kind of breakfast:@)

  5. Looks like my kind of apple treat 😀 and cinnamon syrup sounds just great 🙂

  6. That pancake looks like it came from a professional bakery. Man I bet it’s good. And with cinnamon syrup? What a fabulous treat.

  7. Wow Liz, this pancake is truly loaded with fruity deliciousness! It’s so impressive and am sure anyone who tries this would be thoroughly pleased!

  8. This looks delicious. Another great way to enjoy apples. I’ll have to give this a try.

  9. Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines says:

    Oh heavens, yes! I don’t even have to eat that pancake (though I’d love to). Just let me sit in a corner and breathe in the aromas for a while and I’ll be happy. It looks amazing.

  10. I haven’t had this dish in ages and ages. And can’t remember ever making it myself. I gotta try this! Such a nice dish, and yours looks perfect. Thanks!

  11. This looks delish, but I am drooling too over that mention of the sauerkraut and meatball pizza.

  12. Now this is a breakfast I would get up extra early for…

  13. Oh my, isn’t this the perfect way to start a leisurely Sunday morning?

  14. Awesome pancake, I though it was a pie at first but even better because it is great for breakfast. Great choice on Fuji apples, in my top 3 apples.

  15. Gah, this pancake looks so good, I thought it was a cake at first (and my love for cake knows no bounds)! I had a thin (but not crepe thin) pancake recently and wasn’t a fan but this one looks like the perfect thickness!

  16. I’d love to be a little mouse under your breakfast table. I know the kitchen must have smelled incredible as this beauty baked!

  17. I’ve never had a German pancake but I’m thinking I need to change that immediately because this looks AWESOME. Love the apples!

  18. German Apple Pancakes have been a favorite of my girls for years. Yours is absolutely beautiful! I have never tried serving it with the Cinnamon Syrup but must do so.

  19. Looks like my kind of pancake. Surely all that apple makes it a healthy breakfast treat. haha! 🙂

  20. This is utter perfection Liz! It’s almost too beautiful to cut into…almost. 🙂

  21. What a PERFECT selection for this month’s theme! It was such fun to have your blog this month – it was hard to choose from all the great recipes. I need to make this dish!!!

  22. What a stunning fall dessert!

  23. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    This is so lovely, Lizzy! I’m craving apple desserts after seeing yours and someone else’s post today with apples. So perfect for autumn theme this month!

  24. Lizzy,
    I’ve never had german apple pancakes. Your looks so pretty with the apple slices arranged so nicely. It’s perfect for fall.

  25. What a breakfast treat, I need to try this pancake over the weekend!

  26. Liz I love this recipe. I’ve never tried this before. I think I’ll make it this weekend. Anything made with sautéed apples I’m a sucker for. Love this!

  27. That looks like a beautiful cake! How unusual.

  28. This is so great! I love your blogger clue series–they’re always such fun to follow along with. Saving this pancake recipe for our apple brunch!!

  29. This looks incredible, Liz! I’ve never had german apple pancakes before so I can’t wait to try this. Those cinnamon spiced apples are gorgeous!

  30. Fantastic recipe Liz! Mirella and I both love Fuji apples, and your recipe is another amazing way to have some:)
    Thank you for sharing it!
    Panos and Mirella

  31. I thought I had commented on this already but I guess it was FB or something. I’ve been a little under the weather this week so lost track. Anyway, you did a fab job with this recipe! I am glad you enjoyed, and Go Pack Go!

  32. It looks like dessert for breakfast. My kind of dish!

  33. Do you think this can be made without a cast-iron skillet?

    • Do you have another skillet that can be safely preheated in the oven? The recipe was designed to be baked in a hot pan so I’m not sure how it will react if you use a cake pan, etc. Hope you can find a way to make it work!!! Thanks for the great question, Carrie.


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