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German “Puffy” Pancake

Every day, she troops out to the barn to collect eggs. “Pick eggs? Pick eggs?” she pleads. She carries them back to the house so proud and, mostly, reverent in her task. Truly, she’s only broken one or two (like when she excitedly shows Daddy her find by knocking them together like rocks…).

“Make eggs? Make eggs?” she then asks.

Sure, we’ll make eggs.

Whipping eggs to make German "Puffy" Pancakes

Whipping eggs to make German "Puffy" Pancakes

On Monday nights, I do my best to focus on Fiona as we’re all transitioning from our weekend back into our weekday rhythms. She usually misses mama on Mondays, and evenings are when I pour into her. So one recent Monday night I agreed, we would make eggs. It was late, nearly bedtime, since we’d spent the lovely evening playing outside, but does that really matter? Bedtime is just a time, right?

We set out to make a “Puffy Pancake” (also called German or Dutch Pancakes). “Cake? Cake?” she asked excitedly. Sure, we’ll call it cake.

Fiona whipped the eggs herself. So proud.

We served these with fresh berries on top for a sweet breakfast-for-dinner meal, much needed on a tough Monday night.

German "Puffy" Pancakes

"A Dutch baby pancake, sometimes called a German pancake, a Bismarck, or a Dutch puff, is an American sweet popover that is normally served for breakfast." - Wikipedia
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people
Author: Barefoot Homestead


  • 3 eggs whisk with wire whip
  • smidgen of salt stir in
  • 1/2 cup flour add in 3 portions, whisking til smooth after each addition
  • 1/2 cup milk add in 2 portions, whisking til smooth after each addition
  • 2 tbsp melted butter stir into above batter
  • splash of vanilla
  • dash of cinnamon optional


  • HEAVILY butter 2 6-8 inch iron skillets, 1 larger iron skillet, pie plates, or some equivalent bakeware.
  • Preheat oven to 450.
  • Pour batter into bakeware (dividing evenly if you use 2 containers).
  • Bake at 450 for 10 minutes, turn down temp to 350 and bake an additional 5 minutes. Serve with fresh fruit, powdered sugar, whipped cream, cooked apples, etc.


My German Pancake recipe doesn't include sugar, so you can sweeten with toppings to your liking!
Making German Puffy Pancakes Recipe
By BarefootMama, May 3, 2018
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