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Our Most Popular Recipe from 2023 (By Far) — Everyone Cooked It!

published Dec 27, 2023
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fluffy light german pancake in cast iron skillet with browned edges and curly ends
Credit: Kelli Foster

For many, including myself, pancakes are a weekend ritual. I’ve been whipping up a batch at my kids’ request every weekend for what feels like forever. And just like everyone else, I have my go-to recipe: It’s unfussy, one-bowl, and delivers the fluffiest pancakes without fail. While my kids will happily go to town on those pancakes each and every time, I sometimes like to mix it up by trying out another recipe. 

That’s where Kelli Foster’s brilliant and super-delicious German apple pancake comes in. It was our most popular recipe of 2023. After reading all the rave reviews, I just had to make it myself — and the result was incredible. The pancake calls for basic pantry staples, comes together in about 30 minutes, and bakes in the oven — no flipped required! I’ll be making this on repeat and I’m absolutely positive that you will be too. 

What Makes This Recipe So Amazing

For starters, the recipe calls for ingredients you likely have on hand: eggs, milk, butter, sugar, and an apple, just to name a few. Most of the hands-on time revolves around caramelizing apple slices with some spices in a cast iron skillet. The batter, which comes together quickly in a high-speed blender, gets poured over the apples, and then the whole thing is slid into a hot oven. That’s it! Your kitchen will also smell amazing — trust me. 

I’m not the only one who raved about this pancake as soon as I tasted it. Our cross-tester said it was “super easy and delicious.” Many of you wrote reviews, mentioning how “truly delicious,” “so delicious,” and “really good” it was. You even took photos and shared them with us! And, several commented on how easy it was to make and that they’ll definitely be making it again. With so many great reviews, this recipe is truly a keeper. 

Credit: Kelli Foster

Ways to Riff on German Apple Pancake

  • Play around with toppings. Kelli recommends topping the pancake with a dusting of powdered sugar or maple syrup, but that’s just the start. Try a drizzle of sweetened yogurt, some whipped cream, or even a scoop of ice cream.  
  • Swap in another fruit. Depending on what you have and what’s available, this pancake would also be delightful with sliced strawberries, bananas, and pears, and pitted stone fruit like cherries, nectarines, apricots, and peaches.