German Pancakes with Homemade Syrup

Have you ever had German Pancakes? They’re delicious puffy pancakes baked in a jelly roll pan instead of cooked flapjack style. They’re buttery, fluffy and delicious. Pour some homemade syrup over a slice and you have the perfect breakfast, brunch or my fave – breakfast for dinner!

German Pancakes with Homemade Syrup
So by marriage I guess I’m part German. My husband’s family came over from Germany only a few short generations ago and lucky me because obviously I wouldn’t have met my husband otherwise!

I have no clue why these are called German Pancakes but I do know that my family can eat an entire batch of them in a matter of minutes. I guess that’s what happens when you have a bunch of boys, eh? My mom used to make these when I was growing up but they were cooked with lots more butter and she called them Popeye Pancakes (was Popeye German?!)

This recipe is cooked in a jelly roll pan with less butter than other German Pancake recipes. It puffs up and gets all yummy golden brown. After pulling it out of the oven, just cut it into squares and serve with this amazing syrup for all to enjoy!

German Pancakes
German Pancakes with Homemade Syrup
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Delicious puffy pancakes baked in a jelly roll pan instead of cooked flapjack style. They're buttery, fluffy and delicious.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6-8
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • SYRUP:
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • ½ tsp. coconut extract
  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Place 2 Tbsp. butter in a jelly roll pan and set in preheating oven to melt.
  2. Mix eggs, flour, milk, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Pour into melted butter in jelly roll pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until puffy.
  3. Cut into squares and serve with homemade syrup (is also good with jelly or fresh fruit!)
  4. Homemade Syrup: Combine all syrup ingredients together in saucepan. Boil until thick. Pour over German Pancakes and serve.
German Pancakes with Homemade Syrup
Ready for more breakfast? Check these out:
Skinny Oatmeal Pancakes
Easy French Crepes


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    Scarlett Wonder says

    I need to pin this for when my mom visits! She has loved these pancakes since she had them in a restaurant. She will be so surprised!

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    Miz Helen says

    Jen, I just love German Pancakes and your syrup looks very tasty. Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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    maria a cotter says

    The coconut creme pie, blueberry pancakes …oh,my …I want make these right now….must go shopping first! Love these recipes!


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