Dutch Baby German Pancakes

by Erin

Dutch Baby German Pancakes look fancy but are very simple to make! Grab you cast iron and get ready to impress and serve with your favorite toppings.

Dutch Baby German Pancakes topped with Berries.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas yesterday! I am always sad for it to be over, but thankfully New Years is only a week away so the excuse to eat excessively isn’t quite over. I prefer to not be judged when I had three full-sized slices of pie for dessert.

But today is Secret Recipe Club posting day. This month I got to pick a recipe from many delicious options by Kirstin at Loving Life. I actually really wanted to make her banana cream cheesecake, but with all the other desserts flying around I convinced myself to make something sweet for breakfast instead O:-). But definitely need to make that cheesecake soon!

Cast Iron Dutch Baby German Pancakes.

This was my first experience with German Pancakes (aka Dutch Baby) and they are super fun to make and present to guests. Seriously gorgeous straight out of the oven before you even but anything on top.

They kind of remind me of French toast, and I LOVE French toast! You can really top them with whatever you normally would for pancakes/French toast/waffles, but I was craving berries this time. But I will have to repeat these and test out different toppings.

How to make a Dutch Baby German Pancakes in a Cast Iron.

The first time I made this German Pancake, I used a 9×13-inch baking pan. But now that I own a whole set of cast iron pans I decided to update this recipe using a 10-inch cast iron skillet and boy it is ever pretty! However, if you don’t have a cast iron, the directions to make them are the same.

First, you put butter in a cast iron and melt it in a preheated oven. While the butter melts, whisk together all the pancake ingredients, then pour it into the buttery pant and return to the oven to bake for about 20 minutes. To ensure the bottom cooks without burning the top, I reduce the oven to 300F and let it cook another 5 minutes. Top and eat!

Dutch Baby German Pancakes with Syrup and Berries.

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Dutch Baby German Pancakes topped with Berries.


Yield: 2-4 Servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt
  • Pancake toppings (fruit, powdered sugar, syrup)


  1. Preheat oven to 425F with the rack on the bottom.
  2. Drop about butter into a 10-inch cast iron skillet*. Place in oven to melt**.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk all ingredients together. Pour into pan with melted butter and return to oven to bake for 18-20 minutes, turning halfway through, until puffed and golden. Reduce to 300F and bake another 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and immediately serve with your favorite toppings.


*I have seen recipes using a 12-inch cast iron with double the recipe, if needed. **Watch to make sure it doesn't burn.

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Source: Adapted from Loving Life, Breakfast with Nick and New York Times.

Post updated 3/31/2024, photo above is the original.

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Vanderbilt Wife January 20, 2012 - 7:42 pm

I’ve seen recipes for these often and I think I might have to try it for breakfast in the morning! So much easier than flipping pancakes.

Kita January 15, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Id never seen German pancakes before (that I know of) but these look so cute (all rectangular and stuffs). I was thinking I need to mix up my breakfast rotation soon for the BF.

spiffycookie January 15, 2012 - 9:50 pm

I was actually thinking of cooking these in individual pans next time so that I don’t have to cut them up from the bigger pan. But definitely a good change in the breakfast plan!

Danielle January 6, 2012 - 4:24 pm

Looks yummy! I’m going to have to send along David’s family recipe to try….straight from Germany and only 3 ingredients….not including the applesauce and cinnamon sugar that goes on top :)

spiffycookie January 6, 2012 - 7:11 pm

Sounds lovely.

Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy January 6, 2012 - 9:02 am

Mmmm I love German pancakes!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 4, 2012 - 10:05 am

What a great recipe! I love that you baked the pancake rather then cooking it in a griddle. This is one pancake recipe, I will have to try!!! Thanks for trying it out and sharing it with us.

Shirley December 28, 2011 - 4:20 am

Love the idea of a baked pancake!
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Kelley @ The Culinary Enthusiast December 27, 2011 - 10:12 pm

Ooooh, I have some blueberries in my freezer still from the summer. Sounds like a good topping choice to me. I actually used some to top your gingerbread pancakes too!

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels December 27, 2011 - 2:37 pm

I love love love German pancakes but it’s before forever since I’ve had them. Yours look so tasty and now I REALLY want them! :)

Jenni December 27, 2011 - 11:39 am

Oh, these look good! I’ve never heard of German Pancakes before, but they sound (and look) delicious!!

Rituparna December 27, 2011 - 6:17 am

I have never heard of German Pancakes. This looks so different. It’s baked like a cake, yummy.
Will have to try this one.

Melissa December 26, 2011 - 5:44 pm

I’ve seen German pancakes on menus at restaurants before, but never tried one or even seen one for that matter. This sounds super easy and super delicious! I may just have to make them this week. Thanks for sharing :)

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray December 26, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Ooh, I’ve never heard of German pancakes either–they do look yummy, though! I like the idea of baking them rather than doing them on a griddle. Yum!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. :)

Kirstin December 26, 2011 - 9:47 am

Glad you liked them. My girls ask for them often! You NEED to try the Banana cream cheesecake….it is sooooo good! I just made it a few weeks ago for a christmas party.

nicole @ I am a Honey Bee December 26, 2011 - 8:21 am

never heard of German pancakes before. They look so good though, much different than the ones we make


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