What is it?

German style apple pancakes.

How is it called in German?


“Apfel” is the German word for “Apple”.

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German Apple Pancakes

“Apfelküchle” is a traditional German sweet dish that originated from the Baden and Württemberg regions.

This kind of pancake is particularly popular in Southern Germany, but they have made their way through Europe and the USA. Traditionally this dish is served as a dessert but is also sometimes served as a main meal and is especially popular with kids.


Step-by-Step Video


German Apple Pancakes

Angela Schofield
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine German
Servings 15 - 20 pancakes


  • 4 large apples
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice

For the batter:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup beer or sparkling apple cider soda
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 pinch of salt

For frying:

  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter

For the topping:

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1-2 tsp. cinnamon optional


  • Mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Peel and core apples.
  • Cut apples into half-inch thick rings.
  • To prevent apples from turning brown, add lemon juice to the apples and toss lightly.
  • Separate eggs whites and yolks into two bowls.
  • Beat egg whites with salt, until firm peaks form.
  • Add egg yolks, vanilla and sugar to the egg yolks and beat until light and creamy.
  • Add the melted butter and mix.
  • Then add the flour, the beer or apple cider and the milk to the batter and mix until well combined.
  • Now you are ready to fold in the egg whites.
  • Add oil and butter to a large pan and heat on medium heat.
  • Dip the apple rings into the batter, shake off excess batter and fry on both sides until they are nicely golden brown.
  • Remove the ”Apfelküchle” from the pan and let them drain on a kitchen towel.
  • Then toss in the sugar-cinnamon mixture.
  • Serve while warm and enjoy.

Serving Tip:

Sprinkle with powdered sugar or a cinnamon-sugar mix.

You can serve them also with vanilla sauce or vanilla ice-cream.