If your family loves pancakes (and of course they do), then they will certainly get excited about one that puffs up in the oven and tastes like apple pie. This custardy and flavorful German Apple Pancake is made from a simple batter poured over caramelized apples, then baked until golden brown- all within the convenience of your cast iron. The final result is puffy and airy, capturing all the flavors of an apple pie. I have no qualms about enjoying this for breakfast instead of dessert. It is, after all, a pancake. Use a Granny Smith apple in this recipe (yep, it only takes 1). They provide just the right amount of tartness to balance out the brown sugar and cinnamon. Happy brunching!
Lightly top it off with some powdered sugar.
In a 10 inch cast iron skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the apple slices, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir to coat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until apples are softened and coated. Transfer to a small bowl. Wipe the skillet down with a paper towel (carefully, it’s hot), and place in the preheated oven for about 8 minutes. Having a piping hot skillet to pour the batter into will help the pancake to puff up nice and tall.
Meanwhile, whisk the flour and sugar together in a medium sized mixing bowl. Notice there’s no salt in this recipe!
Add in the room temperature eggs and milk. If you want something even more custard-like, use whole milk. To quickly bring eggs to room temp- let them sit in some warm water for 10 minutes before cracking. For the milk- zap in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.
Whisk until smooth and combined.
Remove the hot skillet from the oven and melt in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Swirl to coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Add the apples back in and spread into an even, flat layer.
Pour the batter on top.
Bake at 425 for 18-20 minutes, or until the pancake has puffed up and the edges are golden. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately. The longer you wait, the flatter the pancake will become so enjoy it right away!
Pour some maple syrup on there and YUM.