German Pancake with Pears and Cardamom

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Author Notes: For many years, our family spent Christmas with my cousin Barbara Smith and her family in Milwaukee. The morning-after-Christmas breakfast was as sumptuous as the dinner the night before. Barbara often served these light and puffy oven-baked pancakes. This recipe is a tweak on our family favorite.ChefJune

Food52 Review: This was tasty and a cinch to make. Next time, I'll double the fruit and cardamom to pump up the flavor even more.thehappycook

Serves 4 to 6

  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 6 extra-large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup organic all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
  • 4 ounces peeled and chopped pears
  • 3 ounces coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 500° F. Have all your ingredients at the ready.
  2. Melt the butter in a 12-inch iron skillet in the oven. Add the chopped pears and cook in the oven for 7 minutes.
  3. Mix the eggs, milk, flour, sugar and cardamom in a food processor fitted with the metal blade. (Alternately, you can use a blender.) Pour batter into the hot butter and pears in the skillet and add nuts if you're using them.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve at once.
  5. Note: Apples, blueberries, and/or chocolate chips all make nice fillings for a German pancake, as well.
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Atthemarket1

16 days ago Dineindiva

I made it and it was drowning in butter. And not much cardamom flavor with 1/8 teaspoon.

Junechamp

15 days ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

It's buttery, but it's never been overdone. I grind cardamom pods fresh, so 1/8 teaspoon is plenty. If you're using the stuff that comes in a can or jar, you'd possibly need more.

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26 days ago urban cook

mmm... I am puzzled by the amount of butter (1 stick) to cook 4oz of pears. They're going to be drowning in butter! I've made german pancakes before with much less butter. Just wondering...

Bike2

about 4 years ago Sagegreen

Love baked pancakes!