German Pancakes with Orange Sauce

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German Pancakes with Orange Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
I remember my grandmother waking early in the morning to start breakfast before anyone else was awake. We’d come downstairs and she’d already be working in the kitchen.

I’d peek through the oven door as the German pancakes rose so beautifully in the oven. German pancakes are a cross between a souffle and an omelet.

These are light airy pancakes and a unique taste. Often called Dutch baby pancakes, these are a real treat and a fun morning breakfast for a lazy weekend.

Have you made these? German pancakes rise amazingly high and then fall once they are removed from the oven. As a child, it was always exciting to watch the process. I waited years to attempt making them myself.

Once I discovered just how simple they are to make, I had to restrain myself from making them far too often. We love them with powdered sugar, or maple syrup, but my grandmother’s Orange Sauce is our favorite topping of all.

German Pancakes with Orange Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

The sides of the pancake will rise high over the rim of the pie plate, as pictured below. (Forgive the picture quality. The steam from the oven messed with my picture.)

For my family, I triple this recipe and we polish off all of it! Three pie plates fit on my oven rack and bake at the same time.

German Pancakes with Orange Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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German Pancakes with Orange Sauce

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Servings: 2 servings



  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk together milk, flour and salt until smooth. Add slightly beaten eggs and beat well. Melt the butter in a pie plate in the hot oven. When it is bubbling hot, using hot pads, tilt to cover the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Quickly pour in egg mixture and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. The sides of the pancake will rise high over the rim of the pie plate, as pictured below. (Forgive the picture quality. The steam from the oven messed with my picture.) Serve hot from the oven with Orange Sauce. Enjoy!

Sauce Directions

  • Whisk together sugar, cornstarch and salt and set aside. Combine water and orange juice concentrate in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add dry ingredients to the saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce is clear and thickened. I am not the most patient of cooks, so I often raise the heat and just watch it closely. It turns out great every time.
  • As written, the Orange Sauce recipe will make enough sauce for a tripled German Pancake recipe.
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Paula says

    I LOVE German pancakes, and I've also recently started following your blog and am LOVING all your fresh, yummy recipes too! Thanks! Oh, and to change things up a bit we often make the pancakes in muffin tins for cute personal pancakes. The kids love it 🙂

  2. Taylor says

    I've never made or even eaten German pancakes…but I'm thinking it's about time I did! I love making recipes that remind me of my grandma. There's something special about carrying on a kitchen tradition 🙂

  3. Serenity says

    Sooooo not nice Mary!! Lol now I want this and it is way to hot here to even try 🙁 not to mention my dear husband would kill me for having it without him.

    We also do grandmothers waffle sauce with this or my blueberry syrup.

  4. clevermuffin says

    What a lovely story, and lovely recipe. reminded me of the breakfast my gran used to make for me (soft boiled eggs and toast soliders). Grandma food is such comfort food!

  5. Lisa says

    I like pancakes for breakfast or any time of the day now making German pancakes is going to be a good thing cuz the pancakes are not going to be the same ole pancakes I’ve been making and eating I believe I am going to like German pancakes they will be my new pancakes for when I want them for breakfast or when ever I want pancakes I am glad I saw this recipe I am going to make them tomorrow morning!!1

  6. glasslass says

    In our family these are called Flaffle. Found in a German cookbook at a farm sale. So wonderful but actually came for the orange sauce. Lost my recipe in our move and yours sound so good. Saturday’s breakfast.5 stars