Apple Pancake

This thick, custardy baked apple pancake takes me straight back to my childhood. Dust it with powdered sugar for a sweet finishing touch & dig in!

apple pancake

My sister and I used to beg my mom for things like Fruity Pebbles and Frosted Flakes. She didn’t cave often, but I remember the few times she did… she’d sigh and say, “If I buy this, are you really going to eat it this time?” We’d smile and nod, excited to be taking home the same colorful boxes our friends had.

We’d each eat maybe one bowl full. Then up in the pantry it would go… to collect dust and then ultimately get tossed in the next pantry clean-out. The smiling kids on Saturday morning commercials would convince us to beg again… and we’d try SO hard to like the stuff. But sugary soggy flakes and blue milk were not for us.

Especially when homemade muffins, pancakes, eggs, doughnuts, and this German(ish) apple pancake were all part of our regular breakfast rotation.

apple pancake

This was a staple of our childhood, and my mom still makes it every time she visits.

Apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon get softened in a pan with butter, and an egg mixture gets poured on top. The thin egg layer and pillowy apples create more of a custard-like texture than a traditional doughy pancake.

Bake until it puffs up and serve hot slices right out of the pan.

For more brunch ideas, try these vegan banana pancakes, this shakshuka, or this frittata!

(The photo above is of a 5-inch mini skillet, but the recipe makes enough to fill approx a 12 or 13-inch skillet. Use either a seasoned cast iron skillet, or a non-stick pan).

Apple Pancake
 
This heavenly apple pancake is perfect for a weekend brunch. Unlike a typical pancake, it has a rich, custardy texture that's delicious with powdered sugar on top.
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Recipe type: Breakfast, brunch
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or vegan earth balance)
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 2 tablespoons flour (any kind: white, wheat, spelt*, or a gluten-free blend)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Whisk together eggs and milk.
  4. Mix together flour and baking powder and stir it into the egg/milk mixture.
  5. In a skillet, heat butter, add the apple slices and 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar mixture and cook, stirring, until soft. About 5 minutes.
  6. Pour the batter over the apples and sprinkle the remaining brown sugar on top.
  7. Bake until it puffs up, about 18-20 minutes.
  8. Dust with a little powdered sugar.
Notes
*note: Spelt flour is not gluten-free.

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  1. You had me at pancake. I’m a sucker for all things breakfast. Adding this to the “to-make” list.

  2. This is like an excerpt straight out of my upbringing! My mom would also refuse the sugary, colorful cereals but would cave once a year. Love making these on the weekends for my kids. There’s something about the puff and immediate deflate that captivates them. πŸ™‚

  3. Ana from ourhouseinthevalley.cm
    03.04.2013

    Looks delicious!! Can’t wait to try it.

  4. Kathryn from londonbakes.com
    03.04.2013

    This sounds perfect – I love the combination of fluffy pancake and sweet apples.

  5. Vicki from itssooofluffy.com
    03.04.2013

    Ohmygoshhhh that looks good!

  6. Ashley from edibleperspective.com
    03.04.2013

    Definitely will be giving this a try with buckwheat flour and probably devouring the entire thing by myself. πŸ™‚

  7. This looks delightful! Do you have any tips for those of us who don’t own a cast iron skillet?

    Many Thanks,
    Ashley

    • jeanine
      03.04.2013

      The cast iron skillet isn’t necessary, a non-stick pan works too.

    • Kelley
      11.09.2014

      I used a non-stick dutch oven pan.It worked great!

  8. Yum! My husband loved those sugary cereals. I was never allowed to have them, we were strictly a Cheerios and Chex family. I never really craved them but I definitley felt like I missed out on the phenomenon. My dad was the expert pancake maker in our house. Blueberry was his specialty. I love making pancakes on the weekend. I cannot wait to try this big guy!

    • jeanine
      03.04.2013

      Same here, the only ones we had were Cheerios and Raisin Bran πŸ™‚

  9. Lindsey from dollyandoatmeal.com
    03.04.2013

    i have been working on a vegan and gluten free skillet cake. however, your pancake recipe sounds amazing as well!

  10. You were lucky kids having those sort of breakfasts in rotation!!! Love making baked pancakes sans the eggs though as I’m vegan. Yours looks gorgeous as always!

    • jeanine
      03.05.2013

      this one is very much about the eggs πŸ™‚ I’ll have to go check out your recipe for a vegan variation…

  11. I am going to make this Sunday morning. I can’t wait! Once again, I love how simple yet elegant your recipes are. And of course, I love that they use whole natural foods and whole meal flours. So awesome! I look forward to each new post you have every week. Thanks!

  12. ileana from alittlesaffron.com
    03.04.2013

    This sounds so delicious! A friend is having us over soon to teach us how to make Dutch babies. I think I need to return the favor by serving up this apple pancake next time. πŸ™‚

    • jeanine
      03.05.2013

      ooh sounds like a fun friend πŸ™‚

  13. Yvonne from dailydeliberations.com
    03.04.2013

    Since going wheat and dairy free, I have been looking for a recipe for an apple pancake to replace the one we used to love. This is it! I’m so excited to try this – my husband will be so excited!

    • jeanine
      03.05.2013

      Hi Yvonne, I hear you… I’m always looking for ways to replace dairy, hope you like it!

  14. Yum. This looks so perfect. I have a couple of Bosc pears peaking out of my fruit bowl that would be lovely paired up with apples in this. Saturday is sounding better and better the more I think about this pancake!

    • jeanine
      03.05.2013

      thanks Sara! Sounds delicious with pears… hope you like!

  15. sandra from meadowscooks.blogspot.com
    03.04.2013

    I love the addition of apples to this German pancake recipe. I also love that it is made in the skillet in the oven.

  16. such a cute memory, what a testament to your mom! This looks so pretty. We are into waffles lately, but this looks like something that could feed a few more in a larger skillet. Looks great, my dear!

  17. I certainly wouldn’t be eating crazy cereal, when I can be having pancakes like this one! Looks fabulous.

  18. Maria from twopeasandtheirpod.com
    03.05.2013

    I am coming over for breakfast!

  19. We don’t have quite as many colourful breakfast cereals over here but anything that turns your milk an unnatural colour can’t be good for you! This pancake looks amazing, I can’t wait to try πŸ™‚

  20. Erika from thepancakeprincess.com
    03.05.2013

    Wow! If this had been in my breakfast routine growing up, life would have been MUCH different. I.e. my breakfast fixation probably would have begun long before age 19! I’m really curious to see if someone will somehow come up with an egg-less version of this someday (not sure how that would work), but in the meantime, this looks absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try it out.

    • jeanine
      03.05.2013

      thanks πŸ™‚ Yep, this is totally more egg than “pancake” (especially this recipe – sometimes we don’t even use the flour).

  21. Isabelle from headredandblondi.blogspot.com
    03.05.2013

    Wow, this sounds really good :-). I have made a lot of these before and I LOVE the apple idea… mmm, mmm, mmm!! πŸ˜‰

  22. julia from beautyandsomebeef.com
    03.05.2013

    Hello!?! This is not normal, it looks INCREDIBLE! YUM!
    Can’t wait to try it out, your suchoke and brussels are on my menu tonight! x

    • jeanine
      03.05.2013

      oh I hope you like both!

  23. Beth from blog.lulalouise.com
    03.05.2013

    My family had a tradition of making these except without the apples. We ate ours with blueberries cooked on the stove until they were runny and syrupy. My favorite thing to eat ever.

  24. Sian Therese
    03.05.2013

    My brothers and I were also never allowed the colourful sugary cereals, they were a very occasional treat. I’m in Australia so Weet Bix was our regular cereal! Mum and dad had a great rotation of pancakes, french toast, eggs many ways on Sundays for us.

    This looks delicious. I pin so many of your recipes and am slowly making my way through them. Next on my list is the chocolate cupcakes with avocado – the combination intrigues me and I simply must try it. Your photos are delightful!

  25. What a delicious looking pancake! I’m going to try it out his weekend! Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Love your blog πŸ™‚

  26. Abigail
    03.06.2013

    Is there a way to heat up this properly for later?

    • jeanine
      03.06.2013

      Hi Abigail,

      I don’t think this one would be as good later as it is straight out of the oven. I imagine it would get pretty flat and soggy.

  27. michelle from lovely-little-things.blogspot.com
    03.06.2013

    Can’t go wrong with apples & pancakes, yum!!

  28. Kasey from turntablekitchen.com
    03.08.2013

    Oy, I dread the days when my daughter will beg me to buy sugary breakfast cereals – I hope she’ll appreciate my baking as much as you clearly appreciated your mom’s πŸ™‚

  29. Awe, this reminds of a recipe my mom always used to make for us kid. So delicious. Apples and cinnamon are really the best combination ever. Gorgeous photos! I love how all of your photos are always so bright and cheerful.

  30. Rita from qbnsalsa.com
    03.09.2013

    Beautiful pictures! And, this particular recipe looks divine! I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for the inspiration.

  31. shannon
    03.10.2013

    just made this for sunday morning, so easy and wham! it was gone. i’m always looking for healthful egg dishes as our chicken girls are busy busy, and i got to thinking you could do this in a savory way too. love your blog and ideas, thanks so much

    • jeanine
      03.11.2013

      thanks Shannon, glad you liked it! It disappears quickly in our house too πŸ™‚

  32. I have made this twice already from your recipe – and it is so very delicious and lovely – made it for dessert after supper πŸ™‚
    lovely!!! delicious!!! well done!!!

    I actually enjoy eating the leftovers cold for breakfast from the fridge – the flavours as just as good if not better!!!

    thank you for this recipe
    B

    • jeanine
      03.12.2013

      I’m so glad you like it as much as we do!

  33. Diane
    04.09.2013

    I am vegan what would you use in this recipe for the three eggs, please?

    Diane

    • jeanine
      04.09.2013

      Hi Diane,

      This one is really all about the eggs, I don’t think I can offer a direct substitution… the whole recipe would really have to be re-thought. But stay tuned, I have some great vegan pancake and french toast recipes coming up!

  34. Ashley W
    06.11.2013

    This looks delicious. What kind of apples do you recommend using?

    • jeanine
      06.11.2013

      hmm… my mom usually gets whatever is on sale so I’m sure I’ve eaten this with many types :). I think it’s pretty flexible, I personally would choose ones that are more sweet than tart.

  35. Ruth
    06.14.2013

    My mom would make this for breakfast all the time when I was growing up. The only thing we would do different was squeeze fresh lemon juice on the top right before eating.
    Thanks for sharing! I have been looking for a recipe to make apple pancakes for years since my mom can’t remember how she made hers.
    As for eating it cold; it tastes almost as good just a little squishy.

    • jeanine
      06.17.2013

      you’re welcome, hope our version brings back the same memories πŸ™‚

  36. Brittany
    06.30.2013

    How do you know whether your skillet is able to be put in oven ?

    • jeanine
      06.30.2013

      Most skillets can be put in the oven (especially cast iron).

  37. Chris
    10.19.2013

    This was amazing!!! Slicing the apples on my mandolin make that one step easy, but I did have an “oops.” I neglected to peel the apples. Nonetheless, it turned out delicious! Thanks for sharing. It was quick, easy, and amazing.

    • Chris
      10.19.2013

      And we never had the “sugary” cereals growing up either. My son begs and begs for them, but even though “eating healthy” has never been one of my strengths, I just can’t see starting the morning with sugar and food coloring!

  38. Aurelia from modernwomans.blogspot.com
    10.26.2013

    Oh wow this looks so good! I’m pinning it now and will definitely be trying it out, thanks for sharing the recipe πŸ™‚

  39. Tammy
    06.02.2014

    Not sure what I did as I followed the recipe and ended up with something more like an apple omelette than a pancake….. πŸ™

    • jeanine
      06.04.2014

      Hi Tammy, it’s not really supposed to be like traditional pancakes – it’s more of an eggy crepe…

    • Kelley
      11.09.2014

      Yeah, same here. I think I may have had too much apple and not enough puff.

  40. Joy
    09.06.2014

    This recipe looks so beautiful. Just a question, not sure if I’m just overlooking it, but where does the other one tbl of butter go?

    • jeanine
      09.06.2014

      thanks! The butter isn’t divided – it cooks with the apples. It’s the brown sugar is divided between steps 5 & 6. Does that help?

  41. Karishma from tangandspice.com
    10.04.2014

    I just tried out this recipe and it was delicious! I loved the egginess of it – was not expecting that haha. I wanted to let you know I featured the link to your recipe on my website.

    Thanks!

  42. Samantha
    10.14.2014

    Hi! I have a quick question. Could I make this without eggs? Or do you know of any kind of substitute? Thanks!

    • jeanine
      10.16.2014

      Hi Samantha – this one is really all about the eggs so I wouldn’t recommend substituting them (it’s more custard-y than it is a traditional fluffy pancake). I’m working on some vegan pancake recipes though – stay tuned!

  43. Diane
    05.18.2015

    Hi! I just recently came across your recipe and it is FABULOUS! I’ve made something similar several times before but it didn’t include the apple/brown sugar/cinnamon you used. Yours is by far the best! The only thing I had to do different for me was to use the Splenda brown sugar because I’m a diabetic. I’m going to make this for my future mother-in-law this weekend. Oh, perhaps I shouldn’t because I’ll have to make it for her every weekend! I’m kidding, really I am! Lol

  44. Jessica
    10.22.2015

    What size is the skillet?

  45. jaclyn
    09.17.2017

    I made this today with disappointing results. Followed the recipe to a T, but mine came out like scrambled eggs with apple slices. It was so bad we had to throw the whole thing out. I’m wondering if the 2 TBS of flour could possibly be a typo? I’ve looked into other recipes, and they call for at least 1/2 cup of flour, so I’m wondering if that could be the issue. Would love to know because I would love to make this again – it looked so good!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.18.2017

      Hi Jaclyn, I’m sorry you didn’t like this one. It is definitely more eggy like a German apple pancake (not like regular pancakes at all). It’s a bit different but once the powdered sugar goes on, we really love it this way. We have a dutch baby recipe in the cookbook that is less eggy and more doughy – I think it uses 1/2 cup of flour – I don’t have it handy right now but I can send it to you later if you like.

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