Original Pancake House German Pancake (Copycat)

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"These pancakes are widely reviewed as being some of the best pancakes around. According to The Original Pancake House’s website they have been around in Portland OR since 1953 & there are now over 100 restaurants in 25 states. An authentic ethnic recipe that cannot be found elsewhere, even @ IHOP. Although a cast-iron skillet works best for this recipe, but you can use a non-stick skillet if it's deep enough to allow the pancake to "fluff" w/o causing overflow. While the recipe says it makes "1 large pancake", IMO this large pancake will be 2 servings, esp if served w/other breakfast items. (Time does not include the batter resting time) Enjoy!""

Original recipe yields 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (496.7 g)
  • Calories 838.1
  • Total Fat - 49.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 20.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 1401.8 mg
  • Sodium - 918.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 42.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.8 g
  • Sugars - 16 g
  • Protein - 51.4 g
  • Calcium - 295.4 mg
  • Iron - 6.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 475°F.

Step 2

Crack eggs into a bowl and scramble with a whisk or beater.

Step 3

Pour the sugar, vanilla extract, milk, cream and salt into the bowl and mix together really well.

Step 4

When mixed, add the flour and stir. When the mixture is blended well let sit for approximately 5-10 minutes.

Step 5

With a cooking brush spread the melted butter onto the pan and get hot, but do not let the butter burn, then add the batter into the pan.

Step 6

Put into oven for about 15 minutes. This is why an iron skillet works best!

Step 7

Put on a plate, serve, and top with your favorite pancake toppings. Like syrup, butter, powedered sugar, strawberries, whatever!

Tips & Variations

  • Large cast-iron skillet .. or .. Large DEEP non-stick skillet.

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dienia b

Made for twissis cookathon these were great ,do not however cook them in a toaster oven they light up like a candle ,mr picky liked the nonburnt parts with strawberries

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(13 Mar 2020)

Cristi Montgomery Fitzgerald

I grew up very near the first Original House of Pancakes in Portland. My junior high was just blocks away from that restaurant, and our home ec teacher was given the recipe for the Dutch babies. We made them in home ec class, and I remember that we started with a very high temperature on the oven, we poured the batter in the cast-iron skillet, then cooked them on the stovetop a few minutes first, then slid them in the very hot oven, and then turned it down after a period of time. I have never seen a recipe like that, I didn’t have the presence of mind back in my younger days, to keep hold of something like that. I have wondered all these years exactly what that recipe is. Mine are good but they do not hold the shape the way they do at the restaurant!

(1 Sep 2019)

Cliff Henderson

I have made this many times now. Looks great coming out of oven, however it "deflated" quickly. At original pancake house they keep their shape somehow. Wonder what ingredient is missing ? Very good despite this. Thanks for posting recipe.

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(27 Mar 2017)

Lynn (diner524)

I just love German/Dutch pancakes, I think even more then our normal American pancake. I think they are easier to make and less carbs/flour. I made 1/3 of the recipe and did use the half and half as I didn't have the heavy whippping cream and it worked out perfect. I used my small fry cast iron pan and then I topped it with some sugar free chocolate chips and fresh strawberries (Florida's strawberry season is now)and a bit of whipped cream. This was so good, I ate the whole thing and I have been sick for a week, so that tells you how good this was for me to eat the whole pancake. Thanks for sharing the recipe, which I will make again, and congrats on winning the Super Bowl Football Pool 2017!!

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(10 Feb 2017)


Twisted this is without a doubt the best German pancake recipe that I have ever tried and I have tried quite a few. The pancake was tender, light, fluffy and very flavorful. I dusted it with powdered sugar and filled it with stewed strawberries. It was awesome. Thanks so much for sharing a new favorite. Kudos on making it into my Best of for 2016. Made FYC Tag Game.

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(10 Jul 2016)