Recipe: German Apple Pancake

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Last week Ihad a lot of fun reading the many ways you use Carnation Evaporated Milk.  Some of you have found very many creative ways to use it and some of you learned new ways to use it.  Today I want to share a recipe that will serve a double purpose.  Not only will you be able to use in-season apples but also the Carnation Evaporated Milk you have on your cupboards.  I call this recipe for German Apple Pancake the “Endless House guest Pancake Recipe.”  Because if you make it for a guest at your home not only will they ask for you to make it again

but they also won’t want to leave!

My husband who’s from Chicago, loves having apple pancakes from “the Original Pancake House.” I know I have a lot of readers from Illinois so I know a lot of you know how good those pancakes are.  Getting an apple pancake there is a must on every trip we take to Chicago.  After trying lots and lots of recipes (including one published by the Chicago Tribune and supposedly used at the Original Pancake house), the recipe I am about to share is the best one.

German Apple Pancake (serves 4-5 people)

4 large eggs
1 can of Carnation Evaporated Milk
1.5 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
6-8 tablespoons unsalted butter (or butter substitute like Smart Balance)
4 medium tart apples peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup packed brown sugar
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
First, mix together the eggs, milk, flour and vanilla. Beat until there are no lumps and set aside.
In a 10″ or 12″ nonstick pan that’s oven safe, melt the butter over medium heat. Saute the apples slices for a few minutes until they start getting soft. Mix in the brown sugar and the cinnamon.
Remove pan from the heat and pour batter over the apple mixture in the pan. Place pan in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until pancake is puffy and golden. Remove from oven and let sit out for a couple of minutes. Then place a large plate over the pan and flip the pancake onto the plate.
I hope you would check out this recipe.  I can assure you will not be disappointed.  Enjoy!

It is that time of year when we’re all looking for a little more inspiration in the kitchen. You’ll find plenty of that in this Holiday Recipe Guide from Carnation Evaporated Milk, sponsor of this post.  You can have this FREE Holiday Recipe Guide mailed to you or you can choose to get  a free electronic copy when you download it. One delicious idea is to substitute Carnation Evaporated Milk for regular milk in your go to recipes. It makes all kinds of dishes richer and creamier.

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  • Donna

    I really want to try this recipe it looks so good. I don’t have an oven proof skillet. Can I sautee my apples in a skillet and then transfer to a baking pan. Will this work ?

    • Connie

      I would think that would work becasue I too do not have an oven proof skillet… I will try it when I make them.

    • Hi donna,

      Yes, that would work! that’s what I used to do before I got the over proof skillet.


  • Dani

    This recipe looks great! My husband is also a fan of the German pancake so you better believe I snagged this!

    I’d love a link to where you read about the many uses of evaporated milk! I’m curious myself!

  • Sharon

    Making this right now for the kids & myself…for dinner!…Hubby is gone deer hunting! There isn’t any rising agent (baking powder/soda)??

    • Mercedes

      Hi Sharon

      no there isn’t. The high temperature makes it puff up.

  • Donna

    I tried this recipe and it is delicious. Thank you so much for posting – my family loved it…

    • I am glad you liked it Donna. I was worried you may not have liked it because you hadn’t come back to comment, lol!

      I am glad it was a hit.


  • Sun

    Hi Mercedes,

    We had this over the Thanksgiving weekend. OH MY Goodness!! It was a huge hit. I think we’ll make this a Thanksgiving Tradition, and have it over the TG weekend.