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.
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
GERMAN PANCAKE INGREDIENTS
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
ORANGE SAUCE INGREDIENTS
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon 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!
- 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.