This German pancake recipe couldn’t be easier – mix the ingredients in the blender and pour right in the pan. The pineapple syrup is the finishing touch!
You know how recipes at home are like trends? They’re huge for a while – you make them daily or weekly – and then suddenly you never make them again for a couple of years?
Our lunch salads were like that a couple of years ago. Bart and I ate them every single day for months when he worked from home in Arizona and now I haven’t had one in almost two years.
This German pancake recipe was another one where I made it a few years ago and then hadn’t made it in ages.
Then about six weeks ago, on a Sunday morning, it suddenly seemed like a fun idea (I had it on my list of 2019 recipes to make) and I whipped one up.
My girls, who didn’t really remember it all, went bananas (pun intended, obviously) and I’ve made one every week since. Sometimes twice a week.
If you’re looking for a fun breakfast, it’s hard to beat this German pancake recipe – it’s so simple!
Sometimes I use fresh bananas (like I did in the photos here) and sometimes I caramelize them if I’m feeling extra fancy – there are instructions for how to do that in the recipe below and they really add something special to German pancakes.
Or, let’s be honest, to anything.
The main trick with German pancakes is to make sure that when you take them out of the oven you remember that the handle of the pan is approximately one million degrees and you don’t absent-mindedly grab it with your bare hand. Ask me how I know. . .
I usually slip an oven mitt over the handle to protect me from myself.
Cinnamon German Pancake Recipe
Cinnamon German Pancake Recipe with Caramelized Bananas and Pineapple Syrup
This German pancake recipe couldn't be easier - mix all the ingredients in the blender and pour right into the pan. The pineapple syrup and caramelized bananas really take it over the top!
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
Cinnamon German Pancake
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup milk
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp salt (if your butter is salted, leave this out)
- 1 cup pineapple juice (I buy a can of it in the juice aisle)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 bananas sliced
- 1/2 Tbsp butter
- 2 tsp brown sugar
Turn the oven on to 400 degrees. Spread the coconut on a baking sheet and let it toast for about 5-8 minutes while the oven heats up (watch it carefully so it doesn't burn). Remove from oven and let cool.
While the oven is preheating and the coconut is toasting, put the butter in an oven-safe skillet and place it in the oven to heat the pan and melt the butter.
In a blender, blend the eggs and sugar together for about 30 seconds. Add the milk and blend again for a few seconds.
Add the flour, cinnamon and salt, if you're using it. Blend until it is all combined.
Remove the skillet from the oven, swirl the butter around to cover the whole pan and pour the batter right in. Place it immediately back in the oven and cook for 17-20 minutes, until the pancake is golden brow around the edges.
Remove from oven and serve immediately, topped with bananas, toasted coconut and pineapple sauce.
In a small saucepan, heat the pineapple juice over medium heat. Whisk the cornstarch with 1 Tablespoon of water or extra pineapple juice then pour into the warm pineapple juice and let come to a boil, stirring frequently, until thickened.
In a small skillet, combine the sliced bananas with the butter and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat until the butter and sugar are melted together and the bananas are soft and golden-brown.
Adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbook
If you liked this German pancake recipe, you might also like these recipes:
- Raspberry Custard Puff Pancake
- Baked Croissant French Toast with Lemon Cream Cheese
- Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes
Photos by Heather Mildenstein
Hi Janssen, nice to meet you here- I’m actually a long term reader- five years, I think! I love how you teach your girls reading, and have tried some of your tips at our house. I wanted to say thank you for sharing!
Professionally, I’m a bookseller and am a real book lover too.
Also, I’m native German and have never ever seen a pancake like yours above my whole life 🙂 looks delicious, absolutely!
(Original German Pancakes are a lot more like french Crepes, real thin and without Butter, also there’s no sugar in the dough. They are baked only in the pan, and don’t go into the oven. Just for information, in case you’d like to know :-))
So thanks again, I’ll be sure to to out your recipe!!
Sending a booklover’s hug all the way over!
Best, M. 🙂
We’ve been doing smitten kitchen’s dutch baby, but I want to give this one a try since I love these flavors. Yum!
Hi! Do you know if it’s possible to switch out the flour for almond flour or a gluten free alternative? It look divine .. would love to try if so ..
Janssen Bradshaw says
I’ve never tried it, but if you do, let me know how it turns out!
Analese Bell says
Love this recipe! We use it for breakfast and sometimes for dinner dessert. Everyone in our house loves it!