German Style Fluffy Apple Pancakes. Delicious, quick, and easy recipe and these are certainly fluffy! Serve warm with a sprinkling of sugar and a dash of cinnamon.

This popular breakfast pancake recipe requires very little skill, it's budget-friendly, and low in fat too!

German Style Fluffy Apple Pancakes. Delicious, quick and easy recipe and these are certainly fluffy! Serve warm with a sprinkling of sugar and a dash of cinnamon.

How is this low in fat?

I made this recipe without adding any fat (butter or oil) to the recipe, other than a little bit to cook the pancakes.

The method of adding egg whites to the batter ensures maximum fluffiness and lightness in every bite!

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I've also made this recipe using grated pears, and it's very delicious. Plus our sister site, Newbie In The Kitchen made lovely Tender Blueberry and Lemon Pancakes and they turned out so fluffy too!

We've also made this recipe using Rhubarb. Come and see our Fluffy Rhubarb Pancakes. They're absolutely delicious! 

So I would encourage you to experiment a little and try out different fruits and simply enjoy!

My inspiration came after visiting a German pancake stall in a Christmas snack food market in Dusseldorf, and the pancakes there looked so inviting!

I ordered one and the lady cooked it (in the deep fat fryer), sprinkled sugar and cinnamon then sliced it just like you see in the photo, then handed it to me on a paper plate. It was wonderful!

The pancake lady posing very proudly with my pancake order!
The pancake lady posing very proudly with my pancake order!

This was the finished pancake from the pancake stall. It had huge chunks of apple and then sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. Then sliced as you can see and served on the paper plate!

Fluffy Apple Pancakes, showing pancake made at Christmas stall in Dusseldorf

Whilst the pancake was absolutely delicious, I decided to make up a recipe based on the same idea, using apples, but without any deep frying. As you all know, deep frying isn't really the healthiest way to cook food, and especially not for breakfast! I wanted a pancake that would be light and as fluffy as a feather, and not sit heavy in your tummy.

And so I came up with this German-Style Fluffy Apple Pancakes recipe. I made it usually each weekend, either with apples or whatever fruit I have to hand. Enjoy the recipe and let us know in the comments below if you've tried this using other fruit!

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

5 minutes

Yield

4 pancakes

Ingredients

1 cup or 125 g All-Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
Pinch Salt
1 egg, separated
1 Apple, Cored and grated
2/3 cup or 150 ml Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Cinnamon to taste
1 Tablespoon Oil or spray for cooking

Please note, if you would like more texture and a stronger apple taste, you can add 1 extra apple. The recipe as it is gives you a little texture and a gentle taste of apple.

Instructions

1. Place Sieved flour, sugar, vanilla, salt, baking powder milk and egg YOLK in a bowl and whisk.

Fluffy Apple Pancakes, making batter
Step 1

2. In a separate bowl, whisk egg white until fluffy soft peaks

Fluffy Apple Pancakes, whisked egg whites
Step 2

3. Grate the apple using large holes in grater and lightly squeeze excess juice.

Fluffy Apple Pancakes, grated apples
Step 3

4. Add the grated apple to the batter.

5. Lightly fold in the egg white to the batter.

6. Heat a small pan with a drop of oil and place 2 tablespoons of batter in the pan on low heat. When golden, turn the pancake over and allow to cook until both sides are golden.

Fluffy Apple Pancakes, cooking in pan
Step 6

7. Serve warm with a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon to your taste.

It is customary in German 'pancake' stalls to slice across and pre-cut the pancakes before serving, as shown in the photos.

We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our German Style Fluffy Apple Pancakes recipe. Did you make any changes or add some other goodies? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

German Style Fluffy Apple Pancakes. Delicious, quick and easy recipe and these are certainly fluffy! Serve warm with a sprinkling of sugar and a dash of cinnamon.

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German Style Fluffy Apple Pancakes. Delicious, quick and easy recipe and these are certainly fluffy! Serve warm with a sprinkling of sugar and a dash of cinnamon.

Fluffy Apple Pancakes

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

German Style Fluffy Apple Pancakes. Delicious, quick and easy recipe and these are certainly fluffy! Serve warm with a sprinkling of sugar and a dash of cinnamon.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup or 125 g All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Pinch Salt
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 Apple, Cored and grated
  • 2/3 cup or 150 ml Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil or spray for cooking

Instructions

  1. Place Sieved flour, sugar, vanilla, salt, baking powder milk and egg YOLK in a bowl and whisk.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk egg white until fluffy soft peaks
  3. Grate the apple using large holes in grater and lightly squeeze excess juice.
  4. Add the grated apple to the batter.
  5. Lightly fold in the egg white to the batter.
  6. Heat a small pan with a drop of oil and place 2 tablespoons of batter in the pan on low heat. When golden, turn the pancake over and allow to cook until both sides are golden.
  7. Serve warm with a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon to your taste. It is customary in German 'pancake' stalls to slice across and pre cut the pancakes before serving, as shown in the photos.

Notes

**** Please note, if you would like more texture and a stronger apple taste, you can add 1 extra apple. The recipe as it is gives you a little texture and a gentle taste of apple.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 133mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 6g

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  1. hi just wondering is it meant to be 1 cup or 125 g of flour because they arent the same measurement and maybe thats why people are having such thick batters?

    1. Hi Sanna, thanks for your feedback,the measures are for both metric and imperial so you have them both because our audience is from all over the world. There’s a comma or the word ‘or’ when you see too different measures and you just need to use the measures you’re familiar with.
      Hope that helps!

  2. Mine turned out chewy and plastic like.. I though I had squeezed the apples too hard because my batter was very thick so I added back some of the juice. I also used two smaller apples. Did adding the juice ruin it? How thick should the batter be?

    1. Hi Aida, sorry they didn’t turn out well for you. It does sound like your batter was too thick, so adding juice would have helped. I’m wondering, from what you describe being chewy and plastic like, maybe you over cooked them? they don’t take long to cook, and if you leave them on the heat too long, they do tend to get a bit rubbery?
      I would try again, but just keep them on a medium heat and flip them over once they just start to turn golden.

  3. Tried thy apple pan cakes and they were great. Topped them with confection sugar. My dad used to make what he called a corn fritter. Could I use corn instead of apples

  4. 5 stars
    What a winner! So delish!
    Added more cinnamon and apple to the batter for more flavour.
    I actually used self raising flour. It seemed to work. Perhaps my batter was thicker but the egg whites lightened it beautifully. Thanks for the lovely German inspired recipe.

  5. Thank you for sharing what looks like a wonderful recipe, however there must be something wrong with the directions. How could just two tablespoons possibly produced a pancake that looks like the one in the photo? It seems like an impossibly small amount of batter.

    1. Hi Eric, it is definitely 2 tablespoons of batter! Once you put the batter in the pan it will spread and the heat will cause it to fluff up so it will rise. Hope that helps explain!

    1. Hi Heidi, It sounds like your batter was probably too thick. It needs to be like a pouring yogurt consistency, and after you dip the apple in the batter, let any excess drip off the apple before frying. The fritters should have a light, crispy batter, so I am guessing that is the cause. For future, I would suggest adding extra milk, until you get that pouring consistency. You will find, even from different brands of flour, the measure will not be exact because all flour tends to have a different absorption. But that will be the trick, to add more milk.
      Hope that helps, and that you can try them again soon!

    1. Hi Sam,
      Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I must have missed it out by mistake when I was typing the recipe up. Both ingredients are added in Step 1.
      I’ve amended the recipe so it is showing this now.

      Thanks once again, and I hope you will try it soon. It’s really very delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    OMG, fantastic with a little more apple. The only problem now is the kids want it everyday before school. .lol so thanks a lot. If I hear Nana! ! Are you going to make us pan cakes again? I might add at 0630 I barely have my peepers open!

    1. Haha!! You are funny Bea! I have to say, the thing that takes the longest is grating the apples, however, when I say ‘the longest time’, I am talking 1 – 2 minutes… maybe it is the prepping when your eyes are still half closed which is the hardest part! These are really yummy, I am not sure if they would work if you cooked them the night before, refrigerated then reheated in the microwave the next morning. I think they would be ok like that, at least for ease and speed it would be ok!!