Traditional German apple pancakes, what’s not to love? Whether you are a fan of thick or thin pancakes, there is always a place for apples in them. These traditional thin pancakes are made just the way Oma made them…well almost. There’s a smidgen of whole wheat flour and just a little vanilla sugar. The rest remains the same — a simple pancake recipe with flour, milk, eggs and a pinch of salt. A foolproof combination for a delicious breakfast, brunch or anytime of day sort of treat.

But there’s more! This apple pancake recipe is packed with extra flavour and a little sweetness thanks to SPICED apple slices. Thinly sliced apple sliced are tossed in cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice for a flavorful fruit filled pancake recipe.Apple Pancakes with ELAG LeMax Tabletop Grill

Putting LeMax to the test — pancakes, crepes and co.

If you are lucky enough to already own a LeMax electric tabletop ceramic grill then you may have already put your pancake-making skills to the LeMax test. And I suspect with great success. The large LeMax cooking surface is perfect for making 1, 2 even 4 pancakes all in one go. Making pancake Sundays all the better!

Apple Pancakes with ELAG LeMax Tabletop Grill

Apple Pancakes with ELAG LeMax Tabletop Grill
Tips for making the perfect LeMax apple pancake

Cooking with a glass ceramic table grill? If you are making pancakes on it, then coat the surface lightly with a little ghee or butter, this not only helps get a crisp golden brown surface but also make the apple pancakes easier to flip without sticking. And, this makes for easier clean up too!

As for making the pancakes, cook the first side until it is golden brown, then flip the pancake and cook on the other side for 1-2 minutes. Voila, it’s that easy.

German Apple Pancakes with ELAG LeMax Tabletop Grill
How to keep pancakes warm

Pancakes can be kept warm in the oven by simply placing them in an oven preheated to 100°C. Either on a plate or baking tray. This temperature will keep the pancakes warm without continuing to cook them too much.

A perfect recipe for fans of classic thin apple pancakes

When it comes to the question of thin or thick pancakes, well, I am all for thin. This of course, could be a topic of much debate. There are all kinds of preferences. I have always been a fan of thin English or French pancakes, but if you are coming from team “fluffy pancakes please” then my classic Canadian pancakes are for you. They are great with the addition of blueberries, sliced banana and of course apples!

More pancake recipe ideas:

Apfel-Pfannkuchen Rezept mit Tischgrill von ELAG LeMax
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German Apple Pancakes

Tradition German apple pancakes made with warmly spiced apple slices. A perfect breakfast treat or snack for the whole family!

Course Breakfast
Category German
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10 pancakes
Calories 192 kcal
Autor Elle


For the pancakes:

  • 200 g all-purpose flour
  • 70 g whole wheat flour
  • 500 ml whole milk
  • 1 x 8g package organic vanilla sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Ghee, for greasing the cooking surface

For the apples:

  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced (ca. 500 g)
  • 2 tablespoons raw cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (ceylon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine both flours. Add the milk and whisk together until smooth. Let stand 30 minutes.
  2. Add the salt, vanilla sugar and eggs. Whisk together until well-combined and batter is smooth.
  3. To prepare the apples, in a small bowl, mix together the spices. Transfer the sliced apples to a mixing bowl, toss the apple slices with the spices until evenly coated. Set aside.
  4. Preheat a table grill (or a large, non-stick skillet) to medium-high heat (setting 8 on the LeMax grill) for 5 minutes. To test if it's hot enough, throw a few drops of cold water on the hot surface. The drops should sizzle immediately.
  5. Coat the surface with a small dab of ghee (1 teaspoon or so).
  6. Using a ladle, pour some of the batter onto the hot surface. Top with apple slices. Cook until golden brown and firm, then gently flip and cook on the other side for 1-2 more minutes. (see video). Repeat until batter is used up, add a little more ghee between rounds.
  7. wenden, sobald die Unterseite sich vom Boden goldbraun und lösen lässt.
  8. Serve with the apple side up and drizzle with maple syrup or top with powdered sugar. Enjoy!


  • These pancakes also taste great cold!

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