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Taste the Trend German Apple Pancake

Every month, recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller, tackle a recipe that has gone viral on social media.  This month she’s testing “German Apple Pancake”.  She give this 3 out 5 wooden spoons and gives her suggestions on some variations!

German Apple Pancake 
Serves 2 to 4

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 Minutes

You’ll Need

– 3 large eggs, room temperature
– ¾ cup whole milk, room temperature
– ¾ cup all-purpose flour
– 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
– 4 tablespoons butter, divided
– ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
– 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, sliced ¼-inch thick
– 1 tablespoon brown sugar
– Confectioners’ sugar?

How To

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (218 degrees Celsius).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, flour and sugar until smooth.
  3. In a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the apple slices and sprinkle with the brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook for about 5 minutes, frequently tossing, until the apples are coated and have softened. Transfer to a dish.
  4. Wipe the skillet with a paper towel and place in the preheated oven for about 8 to 10 minutes, until very hot.
  5. Add the remaining butter to the skillet, swirling to coat the bottom and sides. Add the cooked apples to the center of the pan and pour the batter on top.
  6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the pancake has puffed and the edges are golden brown. The center should be set but custardy.
  7. Sprinkle with the confectioners’ sugar and serve immediately.

Note:  The pancake will lose its puff as it sits out, so be sure to prepare this one right before you want to eat it and enjoy as soon as it’d done!

Mary Jane Says:

  • In the ingredient deck it calls for 4 Tbsp. of butter divided, but when you get into the method, they don’t tell you how much butter to use in each step.
  • Beat the eggs with the milk first.  It’s easier to blend in the flour without making lumps.
  • Too much butter.
  • Apples are cooked for five minutes with sugar and cinnamon.  That’s too long.  They get very dark and the sugar gets hard.
  • Why wipe out the skillet?  I wiped out half of my cinnamon.
  • Does the pan really need to heat 8 minutes?  Then the butter added to the screaming hot pan got very brown before it all melted.
  • The bake time was too long.  It got really brown at 18 minutes.
  • There are only a few apple slices and they are kind of hard to eat.  I chopped the apple so you can get some in every bite.


Mary Jane’s Apple Dutch Baby
This puffy pancake deflates seconds after it comes out of the oven, settling into a popover crusted custardy treat.

Serves 4
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes

3 large eggs
3/4 cup whole milk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. granulated sugar
pinch of salt
3 Tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
Powdered sugar?

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.  Whisk in flour, sugar and salt until smooth.
  3. In a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.  Add the apples and cook, stirring until apples have softened, about 3 minutes.  Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over apple.  Stir to coat and cook a minute longer to melt the sugar.  Remove from heat.  Spread apples evenly over bottom of pan. 
  4. Immediately pour batter evenly over apples.
  5. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until the pancake has puffed and the edges are golden brown. The center should be set but custardy.
  6. Sprinkle with the confectioners’ sugar and cut into wedges to serve.

 

VARIATIONS:

Berry Topped Dutch Baby

Omit the apple, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Heat pan in oven 8 minutes, melt 2 Tbsp. butter in pan.  Pour in batter and bake 15 minutes.  Serve topped with powdered sugar and mixed berries.

 

Savory Herbed Dutch Baby

Omit the granulated sugar, apple, brown sugar and cinnamon.   Add 1/2 tsp. black pepper and 2 Tbsp. mixed chopped fresh herbs (try chives, basil, thyme, parsley) Heat pan in oven 8 minutes, melt 2 Tbsp. butter in pan.  Pour in batter and bake 15 minutes.  Serve topped crumbled goat cheese, bacon and prosciutto or what ever you like. Basically anything that tastes good in an omelet tasted great on this.

 

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