Sweet German Pancakes With Sugar and Lemon

European style pancakes on a plate

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 2 to 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
244 Calories
11g Fat
27g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 244
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 459mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 10g
Calcium 231mg 18%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These crepes can be filled with the toppings suggested below or Nutella, butter and sugar, cinnamon and sugar, fruit compote, or sauteed apples. Germans often serve food like this as a kleine Mahlzeit, a little meal, or for Abendessen, the light, evening meal.

At the "Jahresmarkt" or "Weihnachtsmarkt" (outdoor holiday markets), these are made on large crepe griddles, filled, and then folded into quarters and then eighths.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Garnish: 1 lemon, juiced
  • Garnish: granulated sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Stir together flour, sugar, ​and salt in a mixing bowl.

  3. Break eggs into a large cup, add milk and vanilla and whisk together until smooth (or use an immersion blender).

  4. Add the milk to the flour and stir until no lumps remain. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes. This lets the flour granules swell and bind.

  5. Heat the butter in a frying pan or crepe pan, preferably non-stick. Make a test pancake with 1 tablespoon batter. Add milk to thin, if necessary.

  6. Use a quarter cup measuring cup, cook pancakes until set, but not brown.

  7. Flip over for a few seconds and remove to serving tray or plate. Add butter to the pan and repeat.

  8. These are best eaten right away, by sprinkling with sugar and lemon juice and rolling up. Serve and enjoy!