{family traditions} puff pancake recipe

{family traditions} puff pancake recipe

{family traditions} puff pancake recipe

{family traditions} puff pancake recipe

{family traditions} puff pancake recipe

{family traditions} puff pancake recipe

{family traditions} puff pancake recipe

{family traditions} puff pancake recipe

{family traditions} puff pancake recipe

{family traditions} puff pancake recipe

{family traditions} puff pancake recipe

We have a family tradition, both around the holidays and all year round.

We love making brunch, specifically we love to make what we call Puff Pancakes.

Some people call them Dutch Babies, some call them German Pancakes.

We just call them “puffs” for short.

I like to bake them  in the oven in a round heavy cast iron or stoneware pan.

{family traditions} puff pancake recipe
{family traditions} puff pancake recipe

Do you have family traditions revolving around a special recipe?

Puff Pancake Recipe

Butter: 1/3 cup
Eggs: 4
Milk & Flour: 1 cup each
Vanilla: 1 tsp

Put butter in 3-4 qt. pan and set in 425 degree oven.
Mix batter as quickly as butter melts.
Put eggs in a blender and blend at high speed for 1 minute.
While motor is running, gradually pour in milk, the slowly add the flour; continue blending for about 30 seconds. Add a teaspoon or more (I love more!) of vanilla.

Remove pan from oven and pour batter into hot melted butter.

Bake until puffed, about 20 minutes.

Garnish with fresh squeezed lemon and powdered sugar.


  1. Those sound delicious! I have never made them, but may have to try after seeing your recipe. The family food tradition that first comes to mind is my husband’s family has had grilled steaks – prepared simply with garlic salt and pepper every single Saturday night for as long as I have know them…that is every Saturday night for at least the last 37 years!

  2. Kim - Princess Of Camelot says

    Our family loves these! We’ve always known them as German Pancakes. Great with raspberry jam!

  3. These are delicious! Thanks for the reminder of this recipe…I think we will have to pull it out soon!

  4. Our tradition is to have Chocolate Mousse Pie. I make an Oreo cookie crust. Then I make chocolate pudding and mix it with whipped cream to make a chocolate mousse for the filling. Then I top the pie with more whip cream and tiny chocolate chips and a cherry on top.

    We eat this every Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  5. We have several food traditions at our house. I made homemade pizza many a Friday night and breakfast for Christmas is ALWAYS Chocolate Chip Muffins that are decadent. That’s just a couple of them.

  6. Wow, what a great recipes these are…thanks for sharing…I will try it for sure!!

  7. What beautiful photographs! Looks like the perfect breakfast to share with family.

  8. Beth Sheldon says

    Wow! How lovelyluscious they look! It always gives my heart great joy to beautify a simple table through the creative gifts God so freely gives us! Thanks for sharing!
    I had six of our grandchildren over on Saturday to spend the night as a grand finale celebration of our Thanksgiving family weekend. We made soft cinnamon sugar pretzels together and delighted in the fun creations of each uniquely gifted grandchild. My heart overflows with gratitude in these moments of sharing these joys together.

  9. YUM! This looks so delicious! I love pancakes, but a puffy pancake? I will simply have to try that! ;-) My mom makes Monkey Bread every Christmas morning, and she has ever since I was a little kid! I love it and look forward to it every year.

  10. I am so going to try this, sounds like our English pancakes we have on Pancake day.(Shrove tuesday)

  11. I have wanted a Willow Tree Nativity for SO LONG!!

  12. Carol Howard says

    I would love to win the beautiful Nativity Scene by DaySpring!!!! I was not only born on Christmas Day but also was married on Christmas Day, so Christmas is an extremely wonderful time for myself and my family. I have never had a Nativity Scene but have ALWAYS wanted one and this one would absolutely complete my Christmas decorations for many years to come.

  13. Looks Delicious! My daughter, Onna, loves pancakes and eats them every morning. We call her the Pancake Queen. I am sure she would love these!

    In the ingredients it is 1 cup of flour for each. How many does each puff typically feed?

  14. Kristal Gunn says

    The Nativity would look great on our christams morning breakfast table

  15. YUM! My family would love this!!

  16. Linda Darling says

    Dear Melissa:
    I am much older than you, a grandmother now, but I love decorating and you have given me many great ideas and references to use even though I am getting ready to retire. In fact, I am looking forward to the time at home now because I see so many fun things to try on this website.
    I would love to have the Nativity Scene as I am trying to bring my young grandchildren’s focus more into the real spirit of Christmas and giving. I think this would be a wonderful visual message, along with the biblical story, to help them see the wonderful gift of the Baby Jesus. Thank you so much for considering me.

  17. My mouth is watering, I’ll have to make these for breakfast this weekend!

  18. we love our traditions, too, and at our house that includes a brunch for holidays, b’days, and any other excuse we can find to celebrate. we get out the cheapo china that I got from my aunt’s house, a table cloth that is too short for our 9″ table and actually put our food in serving dishes. we, too, appreciate a pretty table.

    I like the sound of your recipe. I’ll be trying to convert it to gluten free (I’m not really much of a baker, so if anyone else does the conversion, PLEASE share).

    question: does the puff slide out of the pan pretty easily? I noticed in other comments that you prepare more than one; I have hopes of there being no need to clean the pan between each puff. I think I night need 3 for my family……one whole puff for the son who eats like a farm worker!

  19. Would this work with gluten free flour?

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