March 20, 2022

German egg pancakes

Top view of a plate of German egg pancakes.

German egg pancakes are an egg-based pancake that make for a filling and delicious breakfast. These pancakes are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or breakfast for dinner.

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German egg pancakes are crepe-like in flavor due to the higher ratio of eggs to flour than in regular pancakes. This also makes them higher in protein than regular pancakes. They have a different texture than flour based pancakes as well - slightly more dense.

These German egg pancakes are great topped with butter, fresh berries, and/or real maple syrup. Jam would also be a nice topping on these pancakes with a touch of butter. I prefer berries, but apples, peach, etc. would also be good.

German egg pancakes on a serving plate with a fork.

There is not sugar in this recipe. So, German egg pancakes are not sweet in flavor and this really makes them a great base for a sweet topping. 

I love when a pat of butter melts on some warm pancakes straight off the griddle. The addition of maple syrup and fresh berries makes a delightful combination. I like fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries a lot with these pancakes.

For these pancakes, you separate the eggs and beat the whites of the eggs until they form still peaks. Then you mix the remaining ingredients and fold in the whites. Doing this allows the pancakes to be light and fluffy.

Serve the pancakes with a side of breakfast sausage or bacon if you desire. I always like to have a savory meat with my pancake breakfast.

German egg pancakes topped with fresh strawberries.

I use a cast iron griddle pan to make my pancakes. This gives a lot of cooking space to maneuver a spatula and to cook several pancakes at one time. 

Give these pancakes a try one weekend! They are a tasty change-up from your usual pancakes. 

Yield: 3-4 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
German Egg Pancakes

German Egg Pancakes

German egg pancakes are an egg-based pancake that make for a filling and delicious breakfast. These pancakes are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or breakfast for dinner.


  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • butter, for cooking


  1. Carefully crack and separate the eggs placing the yolks in one medium bowl and the whites in another medium bowl.
  2. Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks (use a hand mixer, if desired). Set aside.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks until they lighten. Whisk in the flour, milk, and salt until well-combined. Then fold in the egg whites.
  4. Heat a griddle until hot and grease with some butter. Add the batter 1/4 cup at a time and cook until the pancakes are golden and begin to bubble. Flip and continue to cook until golden. Repeat until all the batter is used.
  5. Serve hot with your preferred toppings.
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Recipe found in Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking

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Finished plate of German egg pancakes.

This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated in 2022 with a recipe card, new text, and more to improve reader experience.

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  1. Hi Amy,
    Your pancakes looks lovely. And serving it with fresh strawberries looks really good!

  2. I love pancakes too. These look yummy! I like the recipes for pancakes when you beat the whites, the pancakes get nice and fluffy.

  3. Hi Amy, we love to hike too, one of my favorite things is to get up early, hike and then come home and have a nice relaxing breakfast. These sound delicious, great recipe!

  4. I love Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. I think, I am going to check out those cookbooks from the area and hopefully make the pancakes.

  5. These pancakes look so fluffy and soft. I love them without additions of leavening agents.

  6. OK now I want pancakes and it's 2 a.m!! These look perfect!

  7. Ooh, these look wonderful! It's breakfast time here right now, wish I had a few of these pancakes to eat!

  8. My perfect weekend would include pancakes, a hike, and wildflowers. I think I'll try to do all three this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  9. I have a pancakes obsession too! I don't think any weekend would be complete without pancakes! I've never made a batter with so many eggs. Must try it. Can always use the extra protein!

  10. Gosh, I'll bet these are nice and light! I'll never turn down a pancake -- never! You've got me in the mood now -- I need to make these! Thanks!

  11. i LOVE pancakes. i feel like i don't have them nearly enough. i've never had any quite like this--those germans don't get enough credit for their cuisine. :)

  12. Whoa! THat is a lot of eggs for pancakes! I feel like that might make them almost custardy!

  13. Pancakes any which way are a good thing! And this is like pancakes and eggs!

  14. I probably fall into the pancake obsessed crowd too. I am pretty fond of different French toast recipes also. I agree Holy Moly this is a lot of eggs in ratio to flour. Yet they look thicker than I would imagine they would me. So that tells me they have to be fluffy airy babies. Yum!

  15. Yum! These sound delicious! And I could definitely go for some right now.

  16. I love pancakes for a weekend breakfast! These look fantastic with the strawberries on top.

  17. These do look so tempting - I love eggy pancakes the best. Thanks for a great recipe!

  18. Mmmm. Pancakes!! You can't ever go wrong with pancakes! Xoxo

  19. I bet these are fluffy pancakes. The recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing over on Foodie Friday!

  20. Such a great looking pancake! It's really chilly and rainy here today -- pancake weather. :-) Thanks!

  21. Well I just learned something new. I didn't know what a German pancakes was. So it's between a regular pancake and a crepe, both of which I love. We eat a lot of pancakes in this house, so I'm going to have to give these a try for sure. Thanks!

  22. Mmmm! My uncle loves eggy pancakes like these. I'll have to make some for him.

  23. I made these! They turned out great. Very simple and a great basic pancake with extra egg, I always love more protein for breakfast.


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