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"Vintage Dessert" Series:

German Pfannkuchen dessert

In our Silver and Gold Winter 2019/20 issue, we shared a series of recipes under the title of "Vintage Desserts" which deserve a comeback.  

This one is for the very old-fashioned, very easy to make and often forgotten German "Pfannkuchen" dessert (which literally translates to "cake in a pan").

This traditional German pancake became popular during the Depression, and once you try it, you’ll probably never make pancakes from a pre-mixed box again!

Give it a try and let us know what you think!


SG german pfannkuchen dessert

To make this German Pfannkuchen dessert, you will need:

  • 10" cast-iron skillet 

  • 2 Tbsp. of butter

  • 3 eggs

  • 3/4 cups of milk

  • 3/4 cups of flour

  • 2 tsp. sugar

  • 1 tsp. of nutmeg (optional)

Here's what you do next:

  • Start by combining all ingredients except for the butter, in a large bowl. Mix well until thoroughly combined and lump-free.

  • Melt the butter in the cast-iron skillet in a 425°F heated oven, for 2-3 minutes (careful not to burn the butter, although it will smoke slightly)

  • Then quickly remove skillet from the oven (using an oven mitt, of course), and add the well-blended dough 

  • Bake for about 15-minutes until puffed and browned. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve with lemon juice, apples or berries and maple syrup if desired. Everyone gets to dress their own!

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