German Apple Pancake Recipe | Air Fryer German Apple Pancakes

A German Apple Pancake will have your house smelling like a bakery. Apples, the batter with the vanilla, and warm spices like nutmeg, and cinnamon–how could anyone not love this combination?

German Apple Pancakes with Ice cream on top, Side view, served on a white platter

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German Apple Pancakes | Air Fryer Recipe

German Apple Pancake batter is light and fluffy and it all comes together with ease while still looking and tasting quite complex. Eat this for a decadent breakfast, a light lunch, or just because. 

This recipe is somewhat in between a traditional dutch baby, a pancake, and a cake. Which are three delicious things that you can make in any case. The final texture is a little thicker than a pancake but lighter than a cake.

What are German Apple Pancakes Made Of?

German Apple Pancakes are also referred to as Dutch Baby Pancakes. They are a large popover pancake batter that most people bake in a cast-iron skillet. The batter puffs up in the oven as it bakes, and then the cooked batter falls as it cools down. This happens when you take the German Apple Pancake out of the oven and the cool air from your kitchen hits it. Think of it somewhere between a crepe and french toast. 

And delicious. 

You will need flour, sugar, vanilla, milk, and of course, butter to get this batter started. Warming spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg make this German Apple Pancake comforting and leave your family counting down the days until you make it again.

Watch a Video on Making German Apple Pancakes

Benefits of Making Pancakes in the Air Fryer

Time and ease. Dutch baby pancakes usually take about 45 minutes to bake in the oven, and that doesn’t include the preparing of the apples. If I have the opportunity to make a delicious breakfast in half that time, then you know that I am going to do just that. And, I don’t have to preheat my oven, or heat the entire house as it cooks. 

It is important to note that you must let the batter rest for 30 minutes. This gives the flour a chance to absorb all the liquid in the batter and will allow your German Apple Pancake to cook properly.

German Apple Pancakes Served on a white platter that were made in the Air Fryer

How To Make A German Apple Pancake

STEP 1:  In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Whisk lightly.

Eggs, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a glass bowl.

STEP 2: Gradually add milk, whisking constantly. Then, add vanilla, butter, and nutmeg. Make sure there are no lumps. Let the batter stand for 30 minutes.

Milk being poured into a batter in a glass bowl.

STEP 3: For the apples: In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir until well combined; set aside. Peel and chop apples. 

Sugar, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg in a glass bowl.

STEP 4: Place the butter in a 6-inch round baking pan. Place the plan in the air fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 400°F for 2 minutes.When butter is melted and the pan is hot, brush some of the butter up the sides of the pan.

Brushing melted butter up the sides of a pan in the air fryer

STEP 5: Sprinkle the spiced sugar mixture over the butter. Arrange apple slices in the pan in a single layer. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over the apples. Set the air fryer to 2 minutes or until the mixture bubbles.

Sugar sprinkled on top of apples in a single layer in an air fryer.

STEP 6: Gently pour the batter mixture over the apples. Set the air fryer to 350°F and bake for 12 minutes or until batter is golden brown around the edges and center is cooked through.

Pouring Batter on top of apples in an air fryer in a single layer.

STEP 7: Serve immediately. Like, right now. Go make these! Take me on IG when you do! #TrustUrvashi.

Apples baked in an air fryer for German Apple Pancakes

Once you’ve mastered this Air Fryer Recipe, you can add whatever your favorite fruit is, or what is in season. You could add pears, peaches, or even pumpkin would accompany the recipe nicely. And bonus? You most likely already have everything you need on hand. 

Toppings for German Apple Pancakes

Ice Cream. Are there even any others?

Just kidding. There are so many delicious things that would be great on top of these German Apple Pancakes. Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

  • Plain whipped cream. With all of the flavor this has, ice cream often feels like gilding the lily–which is not a bad thing for a special occasion.
  • Your favorite fruits. Use whatever fruits are in season to lighten up this recipe.
  • Syrup. I know it sounds like it’ll be too much. And for some people, it just may be. But there’s nothing more decadent than a drizzle of maple syrup over the top of a pancake.

Tips And Tricks For Making A German Apple Pancake

  • Eat these right away, as they do not reheat well. Place the pancakes into the air fryer just as you sit down to dinner so that when you’re done eating, your German Apple Pancake is ready to eat.
  • Slice your apples thin. This way they cook into your batter for a creamy texture without too much of a bite.

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Air Fryer German Apple Pancakes Overhead Shot on a white platter with a fork on the side

So the next time you’re looking for an indulgent and deliciously filling breakfast, make a delightful German Apple Pancake! Make sure to share this recipe with your friends on Pinterest if you enjoyed it!

Air Fryer German Apple Pancakes Overhead Shot on a white platter with a fork on the side

German Apple Pancake Recipe | Air Fryer German Apple Pancakes

Apples, batter, and warm spices like nutmeg,cinnamon, and cardamom–how could anyone not love this combination? The batter is light and fluffy and it all comes together with ease while still looking and tasting quite complex. Eat this for a decadent breakfast or a light lunch.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

20 minutes

Total Time: 48 minutes

Course: Breakfast / Brunch, Desserts

Cuisine: American

Keyword: German Apple Pancake, German Apple Pancake Recipe, German Apple Pancakes

Servings: 3 people

Calories: 301kcal

Author: URVASHI PITRE

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Ingredients

For the Batter

For the Apples

Instructions

For the Batter

  • In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Whisk lightly. Gradually add milk, whisking constantly. Whisk in vanilla, butter, and nutmeg. Let batter stand for 30 minutes.

For the Apples

  • In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir until well combined; set aside.

  • Place the butter in a 6-inch round baking pan. Place the plan in the air fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 400°F for 2 minutes. When butter is melted and pan is hot, brush some of the butter up the sides of the pan.

  • Sprinkle the spiced sugar mixture over the butter. Arrange apple slices in the pan in a single layer. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over the apples.

  • Set the air fryer to 2 minutes or until the mixture bubbles.

  • Gently pour the batter mixture over the apples. Set the air fryer to 350°F and bake for 12 minutes, or until batter is golden brown around the edges and center is cooked through.

  • Serve immediately with ice cream, if desired.

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  • You can substitute apple pie spice, or pumpkin pie spice for a change of pace, although both those spice mixes have considerably less nutmeg than in this recipe.
  • These apple pancakes need to be eaten right away!

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Nutrition

Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g

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