Breakfast for Dinner – Lemony German Pancakes & Blueberry Maple Syrup


Too tired to cook!  The plight of the working mom.  People ask me all the time if I get too tired to cook for my family after working all day cooking for someone else.  “Ahhh… YES, of course I do, are you crazy?”  The biggest problem with being out “working” usually is that I am with other people just like me – chefs who love to eat!  I  eat way too much,  so by the time I get home the last thing I want to do is eat, let alone cook.  The words that my kids hate to hear are , “You are on your own”.  My husband tries not to pout, but the look of disappointment on his face when there is no dinner is pretty guilt provoking, so I try my best to have something on the table for dinner.  The operative word here is try
Breakfast for dinner is more often than not my #1 “go to” solution for a quick meal when I’m feeling burnt out at  the end of the day.  Knowing that these kinds of days are inevitable, I keep a well stocked baking pantry, frozen fruit, always a few pounds of bacon in the freezer,  and of course a giant bottle of maple syrup.  When the luring smell of smoky bacon starts to make it’s way down the hallway, the kids get happy – they know instantly, it’s breakfast for dinner. 

German pancakes are also known as Dutch Baby, or Puffannkuchen.   They are so simple, no turning or flipping like regular pancakes – mix and bake, they are done in no more than 20 minutes.  German pancakes are a little more “eggy” than traditional pancakes, kinda like, if a crepe and an omelette got married and had a little Dutch Baby pancake.  Not ready to give up your regular pancakes?  Let me convince you, once you dust this little baby’s golden top with powdered sugar and soak it with a little syrup, you will be sold. The light and spongy texture drinks up the sweetness of the syrup so each bite is a little explosion of lemony maple goodness. I included  the lemon juice and zest in the recipe to add some brightness to the mix and what goes better with lemon than blueberry? Lemony, blueberry, sweet little maple kissed bites of pancakes with salty bacon on the side…I’m super mom, until tomorrow when they expect to eat yet AGAIN!    

Lemony German Pancakes
Serves 4

Preheat your convection oven to 425 or a standard oven to 450- adjust rack to the middle of the oven.

3 large eggs (room temperature)
1/2 cup of milk (whole, 1%, or 2%, not fat free- room temperature)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
zest of 1 lemon
1 Tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 Tablespoons of powdered sugar

1/2 cup all purpose flour (sifted)
3 Tablespoons of unsalted butter- melted and cooled slightly
Cooking spray

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, zest, juice, salt, and powdered sugar. 
Sift the flour in slowly, whisking to combine –  be careful not to over mix or the pancakes will come out to heavy and dense.
Once the flour is completely combined, quickly whisk in the melted butter
Lightly spray a 8-9 inch nonstick, oven safe saute pan or a seasoned cast iron skillet.  You can use any size pan you wish, the larger the pan the thinner the pancake.
Pour the pancake batter evenly into the pan and place into a preheated oven for approximately 12-15 minutes, checking after 10 minutes.  The pancake will cook quickly, rise,  and brown slightly when done.

Serve warm with powdered sugar and blueberry maple syrup.

Blueberry Maple Syrup
Serves 4

2 cups of frozen blueberries
1 Tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup Maple syrup
tiny pinch of salt

In a small saucepan warm the blueberries to low simmer (small bubbles).
Add in the juice, Maple syrup,  and a tiny pinch of salt.
Remove the sauce from the heat and serve warm

12 comments… add one
  • Renee Fontes April 13, 2011, 12:28 am

    The pancakes look delicious, they would be a great dessert too! Hummm…I love those little skillets!

  • Sippity Sup April 13, 2011, 1:35 am

    Bizarre I planned omlettes (sp) for dinner tonight! GREG

  • Steve April 13, 2011, 10:52 am

    I'm with you on this. Haven't made Dutch Babies for quite some time. Hmmmm, Easter breakfast, I think. Thanks for the reminder. Great little cast iron skillets.

  • The Cafe Sucre Farine April 14, 2011, 9:11 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks out of this world. I love lemon and blueberries together and your pictures are extremely enticing. I am going to make this for a birthday breakfast this coming weekend! Thanks!

  • Lana April 15, 2011, 6:23 am

    It's too funny to me that my family considers Dutch Babies a fancy meal, compared to regular pancakes, even crepes! I'll try to keep them dissuaded, as they are so easy to make.
    I usually serve mine with lemon and sugar, but blueberries would be just wonderful.
    Lovely pictures, as usual:)

  • highplainsdrifters April 15, 2011, 8:44 pm

    I'm all for legalizing marriage for crepes and omelettes.

    And even though my spellcheck prefers "omelet," I'm sticking with the two T version.

  • Kitchen Runway April 16, 2011, 5:49 am

    I love breakfast for dinner!! =) These look beautiful… no need for The Original Pancake House when you have this recipe!!

  • Diane {Created by Diane} April 23, 2011, 6:07 am

    oh so delicious.
    Looking forward to seeing you again at camp next week!

  • Nicole@ The Dirty Oven April 23, 2011, 10:05 pm

    Just WOW!!! These looks so tasty. Just lovely!

  • Kim April 27, 2011, 7:22 pm

    Looks delightful, Louise!

    I'm a big fan of the Dutch Baby, myself.

    With everything you're juggling, I'm amazed you can manage to keep writing! I might have taken a "sobbatical" this Spring. It's tough.

    Keep doin' what you do – hope to see you soon!


  • Diana May 1, 2011, 7:16 pm

    Very tasty!

    We poured all the batter into a single pan, but we later realized that you meant it for 4 separate pancakes, correct? It was still great as one thicker pancake though!


  • Steve O September 8, 2013, 7:08 pm

    Misses me some German breakfast. Coffee that is simultaneously weak and strong. Brown bread that looks like it’s 90% muesli. And pancakes that fill both belly and soul.

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