Before we got married my husband used to make what his family called a German Pancake which we now call a Pancake Puff. He would mix a bunch of eggs and flour and milk and pour it into a giant pan and throw the whole thing in the oven. Then proceed to eat the entire thing himself. It’s the only thing he has ever cooked or knows how to cook. I got tired of making two German Pancakes all the time so I decided to change up the recipe.
Over the past 18 years this recipe has been tweaked almost every time we made it trying to get it just perfect. I wanted it fluffy and he wanted it to be huge. We finally got the recipe to a point where we are both happy with it a few years ago. We decided to rename it Pancake Puff because it really was a different concoction than it used to be years ago.
I have been wanting to get this on the blog but photographing it is quite the challenge. See, when you pull this out of the oven it’s massive but it quickly deflates. My husband always wants to eat it right away while it’s still poofy. So rarely do I get a chance to catch a picture of it in all its glory. Just recently I got up super early and made it before he got out of bed so I could get the perfect picture for my cookbook.
We make this every couple of weeks in our house. It’s a family favorite. We even have friends that specifically request that I make it when they visit. It’s great because I can double the recipe to a 12 x 9 baking dish without any alterations to cook time and it will feed more people. For us, an 8 x 8 baking dish is just right. Of course my husband wishes I would make it bigger but he’s just gluttonous.
I hope your family enjoys this Pancake Puff as much as ours does. Ohhh and a little tip…don’t use expired flour cause it won’t rise and you’ll be bummed. I didn’t know that when we were first married and could never understand what I was doing wrong until I realized, flour expires hahahahaha! Make sure you catch a picture of it cause no one will believe you when you tell them how big it gets. Enjoy!