German Dutch Baby Pancake with Apples

When I first got married, I hadn’t cooked very much, mostly I watched my mom cook growing up. She made everything we ate from scratch.

I started looking up recipes in the newspaper and magazines for easy recipes to make, and came across the German Dutch Baby with Apples recipe. I had to try it and it has been a favorite ever since. It’s so easy to make, perfect for Christmas morning when the kids are busy playing with their new toys. The aroma of the apples and warm spices are sure to bring them to the table. Add in a side of bacon or sausages, some scrambled eggs, and it’s sure to be a hit with your family too!

This is basically just a popover with apples, can’t be easier! I suppose you could call this an apple upside down pancake. This recipe calls for allspice. A few years ago I discovered how yummy this spice is with apples. I don’t ever make an apple pie without putting allspice in the mixture.

German Dutch Baby Pancake with Apples

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, German
Servings 4



  • 2 Apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Ground allspice


  • 6 Large eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp White sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt

To Serve:

  • Berries
  • Cinnamon/Sugar


  • Heat the oven to 350 F. Mix apple slices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice together; set aside. Put butter in a deep oven proof skillet or other oven proof dish. Any 8x8" dish will work.
  • Put the skillet or baking dish in the oven for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the butter has melted. Don't let it brown. Take the pan out of the oven; sprinkle brown sugar over the melted butter. Place apple mixture evenly over brown sugar.
  • Whisk eggs, add milk and vanilla. Add in flour, white sugar, and salt. Whisk until incorporated. A few lumps are okay.
  • Pour the batter over the apples into the hot pan. Bake for 18-25 minutes, or until set and lightly brown around the edges. Don't be alarmed, the pancake will start to sink once it is removed from the oven. Serve right away.


Serve the pancake right in the pan. Mix up 1/4 cup white sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle over the top of the pancake if desired. Serve with maple syrup if desired. You can add a few raisins to the apple mixture, or use a different fruit like pears, peaches, or even blueberries! Use your imagination! How about a tropical Dutch Baby with pineapple and coconut, or mango? See, the possibilities are endless!
If you want to make it without the fruit, just grease a skillet or baking dish and add the batter. Bake about 20 minutes or until set and browned. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar and fruit on top. Serve with syrup.
Please let me know about any Dutch Baby creations you come up with! I'd love to try them.
Keyword apple pancake, Dutch baby, German pancake, Pancakes and Waffles

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