German Caramelised Apple Pancake

Hello! It’s Pancake Day – Yay! I was so excited and had been thinking a lot about which recipe to post. I had contemplated various scenarios and recipe variations until I decided to stick to what I know, and that’s German Food.

Pancake Day does not really exist in Germany. Instead we have a week-long celebration of “Fasching” our version of a Carnival. From what I can remember it is fun; you get dressed up; you go out drinking and there are various parades where people throw candy at you. To be honest it been a long time since I was in Germany during this period. Writing this I am determined to try to make an effort to be there next year and take Dave with me so he can experience it as well.

German Apple Pancake Large

I have to apologise  to you about the quality of this photo! Determined to improve my food photography I spent hours trying to take a picture in manual mode and by the time I realised that the picture looked nothing like I wanted it to, Dave had eaten the pancake!

I hope you enjoy this Apple Pancake recipe. For me apple and pancakes go hand in hand. My mother would often serve us pancakes with homemade apple sauce and I sometimes chop in fresh apples into my pancake mixture with some cinnamon.

Caramelising apples

The German Apple Pancake is thicker than other pancakes and is meant to feed 2-4. (You cut it like a cake) I have to admit that turning the apple pancake at first was a bit of a challenge. The caramelized apples make the dough heavier, but if you place a plate on top of the pan before turning it you should have no problems.

German Caramelised Apple Pancake
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Cuisine: German
Serves: 4
  • 250ml milk
  • 160gr flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 sour apples (Braeburn work well)
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  1. Peel the apples, core them and cut into thin slices
  2. Heat the butter in the frying pan and add the sugar and cinnamon
  3. Add the apples and fry them in the mixture until the sugar has caramelised
  4. In the meantime whisk the milk, flour and egg to a pancake though. My tip to get rid of the lumps add a little sparking water- and they will disappear.
  5. Pour enough mixture into the pan to cover the apples.
  6. Place a lid (or a plate if you do not have one) over the frying pan and cook the pancake at a low heat for 3-4 minutes.)
  7. You will know its ready when you can see the pancake move in the pan when you shake it.
  8. To turn the pancake place a plate over the pan and turn it round and then slide the pancake back into the pan.
  9. To serve slice into four pieces


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