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Pfannkuchen Recipe - German Pancakes

A basic recipe on how to make Pfannkuchen or Eierkuchen. German pancakes.
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine German
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Marita


  • a coated non-stick frying pan


  • 8 eggs
  • 200 g flour 7 oz - Germany Type 405, UK plain flour, US pastry flour
  • 250 ml milk 8.4 fl oz
  • 60 ml carbonated water/ seltzers water 2 fl oz
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • butter for frying (about 100 gr, 3.5 oz)

Pancake Toppings

  • 100 ml apple sauce optional
  • sugar and cinnamon mix optional
  • jam optional
  • chocolate spread optional


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and the milk until you can no longer see any lumps.
  • Now add the eggs and continue to mix the dough.
  • Finally add the sugar, salt and carbonated water and mix again until you achieve an even pancake batter.
  • Leave the dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This allows the gluten to develop and will help the texture of the pancake.
  • Heat the butter in a coated frying pan on medium heat. Once the butter is melted and starts sizzling use a ladle to add the dough to the pan.
  • Cook the pancake until the bottom of the pancake is cooked, which should take approximately 2 minutes. Then turn the pancake and cook on the other side for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the pancake, check that there is enough butter in the pan, add another ladle of the mixture and repeat the process until the dough is used up.