Apple Pancake Brunch Casserole

The Holidays often come with pot lucks, or other get-togethers where you are asked to bring a side dish. This Brunch-Style German Apple Pancake Casserole fits the bill beautifully! You can mix the filling & batter of this Apple Pancake Casserole separately, and combine them just before being put into the oven. It also works well if you want something tasty on Christmas morning after the presents have been opened. It reheats beautifully, and is lovely with a large dollop of fresh whipped cream or even a scoop of ice cream!
Based on a German Apple Pancake recipe, it is the perfect dish for brunch or for any special occasion. If you have an apple slicer/peeler/corer. by all means use it for this dish! We often freeze a bushel of sliced apples in the fall to use all year long for this and other recipes.
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Brunch-Style German Apple Pancake

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a 9×12 baking dish randomly place 4 Tbsp butter. Put the dish in the oven until the butter is melted.

Filling

  • 3 apples – peeled & thinly sliced or chopped
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tsp. apple pie spice OR cinnamon
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
Combine all ingredients and set aside.

Batter:

  • 5 eggs – at room temperature*
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour**
  • 1 cup milk – at room temperature
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until frothy, then let stand until pan is ready
When the butter is melted, run the blender again to make the batter frothy. Remove the pan from the oven and quickly add the filling and batter. Bake at 400°F for 45-60 minutes, or until browned. The pancake will puff up and create its own caramel sauce. Serve hot out of the oven. Enjoy!

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*To quickly get eggs to room temp, put them in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes.

**This can be made with your favorite gluten-free flour or spelt flour, you just need to let the batter sit for 15  minutes to let the flour fully absorb the moisture before baking it.

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This Brunch-Style German Apple Pancake recipe is part of the Holiday Treats Series from December 2018. For more holiday recipes, visit our recipe page!

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