This eierkuchen recipe will produce some extremely delicious German pancakes.
A Short History of this Eierkuchen Recipe
Pancakes are so beloved in Germany that different regions have different names for them. Residents of West Germany call them “Pfankuchen.” In Eastern Germany, the term “eierkuchen” prevails. Austria is evenly divided between the terms “Omelett” in Western Austria and “Palatschinken” in Eastern Austria. The term eierkuchen is particularly associated with Berlin, where it was incorporated into an early techno music festival “Friede Freude Eierkuchen,” which roughly translates to “Peace, Love, and Pancakes.”
The German word “eierkuchen” roughly translates to “egg cake,” and indeed the German equivalent of American pancakes are much eggier. They are more like French crêpes, but just a little thicker. We appreciate a language with so many different words for one of our favorite foods. Despite the variations in terms, there is relatively limited variation in German pancake recipe ingredients. The basic recipe consists of eggs, flour, and milk. Baking powder is occasionally included.
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Useful Tools for Making this Eierkuchen Recipe
- immersion blender
- 12 inch skillet
- pancake flipper
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4 eggs
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and use an immersion blender to fully blend. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can simply put all the ingredients together in a blender.
- Let stand for 10 minutes.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan or well-seasoned cast iron frying pan over medium heat. If you’re clutzy, stick with a small pan and small pancakes. If you’re feeling more confident in your pancake-flipping skills, scale up.
- Melt 1 tsp butter into the pan and swirl the melted butter to fully coat the bottom of the pan. Pour roughly 1/2 cup batter into the pan and swirl the pancake batter to create a thin layer. Let the pancake cook until little bubbles appear throughout, then use a large spatula to flip the pancake. Let the second side cook another minute, until both sides are golden brown, then remove from the pan. Repeat with remaining pancake batter.
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