An easy recipe for German pancakes on RealSimple.com involves a pancake batter consisting of eggs, flour, milk, vanilla extract and salt. Easy German pancake recipes are also available at BettyCrocker.com and Epicurious.com.
Follow the Real Simple recipe by whisking 3 large eggs in a bowl. Incorporate 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, and continue to whisk the mixture until it is smooth. Mix in 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Drop 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter in an ovenproof cast-iron skillet, and place the skillet in an oven set at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
When the skillet is hot and the butter melts, retrieve the skillet, and swiftly pour in the pancake batter. Put the skillet back into the oven, and bake the batter for approximately 15 minutes or until a puffy golden pancake forms in the skillet. Serve the German pancake with dressings such as fresh lemon juice, fruit jam and confectioners' sugar.
The Betty Crocker recipe is similar. It includes melted butter and sugar in the pancake batter, and omits the vanilla extract. The recipe suggests serving the German pancake with fresh fruit and whipped cream.
The Epicurious recipe uses a blender to make the batter, and it produces two pancakes. It includes a higher ratio of eggs and butter, and it contains half-and-half instead of milk. The recipe suggests serving the German pancakes with a topping of melted butter, confectioners' sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice.