Pancakes Recipe With 10+ Variants and Cooking Video

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A pancakes recipe should leave no unanswered questions and give you as many ideas as possible.

We know the delicious and at best fluffy pancakes from American cuisine.

The direct relationship to our local pancakes cannot be denied. What’s the difference?

While pancakes or Palatschinken, as they are called in Austria, are rather flat companions, pancakes should definitely rise during baking and gain volume in the process.

Below you will find lots of ideas for variants. In the video you can watch me baking.

I wish you good luck!

1. Recipe Pancakes

Below are my instructions with video.

Feel free to leave me a message or cooking question at the bottom of the page using the comment function.


Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 1133
Total Time 38 Min.
Preparation Time 25 Min.
Cook Time 13 Min.

Simple instructions for preparing real pancakes.

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Pancakes recipe image
Pancakes recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


Basic recipe for pancakes

150-180 g flour (Wheat flour, gluten free flour or buckwheat flour)
2 Pieces eggs

Pancakes with crème fraîche

1 tsp vanilla sugar

Basic recipe for pancakes

2 Pinches primal salt
1-2 tbsp brown cane sugar (Powdered or powdered sugar, brown sugar or honey)
250 ml milk (Cow’s milk, soy milk or rice milk)
1-2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tbsp Sunflower oil

Pancakes with chocolate and marzipan

25 g
80 g dark chocolate

Pancakes with berries

80 g rasberries (or mixed berries)

Pancakes with orange fillets

1 Pieces Oranges (Cut out orange fillets)
20 g butter
1 tbsp brown can sugar
1 tsp Grand Marnier (Alternatively with cognac, also flambé possible!)

Pancakes with crème fraîche

1 tbsp lemon juice
4 tbsp Créme Fraîche

Pancakes decoration in general:

2 tbsp roasted almond sticks (or toasted flaked almonds)
10 g icing sugar
1 tbsp Pistachios chopped


to sift flour
flour on sieve. Sieved flour makes the preparation more successful!

Prepare flour

Sift the fresh flour into a bowl.

Add the baking powder to it.

Pancake ingredients bowl
Mix the pancake batter, first the eggs, then the milk.

Prepare dough

Put the beaten eggs in the bowl.

Add the vanilla sugar, salt and the sugar and mix well.

–> Gourmets add a little lemon zest to the dough, you won’t find this ingredient in the list of ingredients.

Mix the pancake batter
Mix the pancake batter.

Stir dough

Add the milk and keep stirring.

A thick dough should form.

Flow test pancake batter
Classic pancake batter is more runny than pancake batter.

Bake dough

–> Let the dough rest for about 10 minutes.

–> In the meantime, prepare the desired additions.

See the steps below.

-> Bake the pancakes individually in a large pan with a little oil or clarified butter and keep warm in the oven at 120°C.

Cut the marzipan into fine cubes, this works well with icing sugar.
With the help of icing sugar, marzipan is much easier to cut into small pieces or to shape well.

Variant marzipan

–> Cut the marzipan into cubes, sprinkled with powdered sugar.

–> Scatter the marzipan cubes with the chocolate pieces on the baked pancakes.


–> Roll out the marzipan thinly, cut out and prepare to fill the pancakes.

Cut the dark chocolate into small pieces
Small and finely cut dark couverture on a kitchen board.

Cut chocolate

–> Cut the chocolate into small pieces.

–> Prepare the chocolate in a bowl.

–> Optionally sprinkle on the baked pancakes later.

-> In this variant, the chocolate melts on the hot pancakes.

Melted chocolate
The melted chocolate in a porcelain bowl. The porcelain bowl water bath is better for chocolate. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer.

Melt chocolate

-> Alternatively, melt the chocolate over a water bath and prepare for serving.

–> Top three baked pancakes with the prepared marzipan leaves.

–> Stack the pancakes on top of each other and arrange on a plate.

-> Pour over the lukewarm chocolate and serve.

Raspberries in the pot
Frozen raspberries in a pot

Variant berries

Clean the fresh berries and prepare them for serving.

Variant frozen berries:

-> Boil the berries in a saucepan and later serve lukewarm with the pancakes.

-> Tip: Tastes great with maple syrup!

Orange fillets
Orange fillets on a plate.

Orange fillets

–> Peel the oranges with a knife.

–> Cut out orange fillets from the fruit.

–> Collect the orange juice.

–> The cooking school Prepare orange fillets shows this step with pictures and video.

–> Arrange the pancakes on hot plates after baking.

–> Caramelize sugar in a pan.

–> Flambé with cognac and deglaze with orange juice.

–> Arrange orange fillets in a fan shape on top of the pancakes.

–> Pour over the flambéed juice and serve.

Light dessert cream
Light dessert cream when stirred.

Crème fraîche

Mix the lemon juice and vanilla sugar with the crème fraîche.

Serve the baked pancakes with the cream as a topping.

pancakes in different variations. with raspberries, with oranges, with chocolate and marzipan
Pancakes prepared in different ways.

Easy pancakes

Different variants of the pancakes arranged on a plate.

Make pancakes yourself, here with berries, a recipe by Thomas Sixt
Pancakes with berries.

Serve pancakes

Variant of the pancakes served with berries.

Roasted almonds
Freshly roasted flaked almonds photographed in a bowl.

Decoration tip

As a decoration on the plate you can…

–> Roasted flaked almonds

–> Pistachio slivers

–> powdered sugar


Bon appetit!


Tip for the preparation:

Note the heat of the pan, medium heat is very good so that the pancakes cook through.

The addition of baking powder and baking soda is not absolutely necessary, baking powder is sufficient.

Use 50% buckwheat flour or swap normal flour completely for buckwheat flour.

2. Nutrition Facts and Calories

3. Prepare Pancakes American Style

Does the real American recipe even exist?

Opinions differ here:

The ingredients flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk and oil can be found in many international recipes.

Here I address the Bohemian Liwanzen or Livanzen, I know this Lenten food from my grandmother.

The Bohemian variant was originally prepared with yeast, later also with baking powder.

The pancake is related to Blini & Liwanzen!

Chef Thomas Sixt on the pancake thing

In my opinion, yeast is still the better alternative to baking powder.

The air bubbles in the dough are distributed better, and the dough also has a fine aroma.

If you want to try it out, omit the baking powder in the recipe below and add about 1 tablespoon of dry yeast.

For this variant, heat the milk to lukewarm and dissolve the yeast in it, then add to the flour and mix with the eggs and the remaining ingredients.

If the dough is prepared with yeast, it must rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.

What’s American about the pancake? The little pancakes have caught on as breakfast in the US.

The salty-sweet combination is well known, very often sweet pancakes (dough) are combined with bacon and fried eggs.

The classic is pancake with maple syrup, sour cream topping – sour cream mixed with nutmeg, cinnamon or with honey and jam according to your own taste – is also served with the pancakes.

The original pancake is simple in its recipe, without lemon zest and vanilla sugar!

Baking tip from chef Thomas Sixt
Flow test pancake batter
Classic pancake batter is more runny than pancake batter.

4. Prepare Simple Pancakes

Here is the overview:

Make pancakes yourself, here with berries, a recipe by Thomas Sixt
Pancakes with berries.

5. Healthy Pancake Variants Without Gluten And Cow’s Milk

Can the little pancakes also be healthy?

Many people cannot tolerate wheat, so it makes sense to prepare with a substitute flour.

Nevertheless, the little pancake remains a calorie bomb , even if you use refined white sugar or brown cane sugar or honey .

pancakes in different variations. with raspberries, with oranges, with chocolate and marzipan
Pancakes prepared in different ways.

6. Pancakes Ideas For +11 Variants

Below are some ideas and an overview of variants.

This is sure to bring a lot of variety to your kitchen.


with sour cream topping

Stir in a cup of sour cream with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, cinnamon or a pinch of nutmeg to taste and serve.

…with crème fraîche

Season two cups of créme fraîche with 2 tbsp lemon juice, fold in 1 tbsp vanilla sugar and serve with it.

… with jam

Spread the baked pancakes with orange marmalade, rose hip marmalade or other varieties according to taste.

… with marzipan and chocolate

Cover the pancakes thinly with marzipan and pour melted chocolate over them.

… with Nutella

Spread freshly baked with Nutella and decorate with a knob of butter on top.

Mhh that tastes particularly delicious when butter is mixed with Nutella.

… with berries

Boil the frozen berries in foamed butter and 1 tablespoon of sugar and place on the pancakes.

Also tastes great in combination with sour cream and crème fraîche.

… with caramelized banana

Dip banana slices or halved mini bananas in sugar and caramelize briefly in a hot pan.

Serve with sour cream and crème fraîche.

… with glazed apple wedges

Briefly glaze the apple slices in a little hot butter and sugar, deglaze with lemon juice.

Arrange the glazed apple slices on the pancakes and serve with sour cream and créme fraîche.

… with orange fillets

Prepare orange fillets from two pieces of orange and provide them separately.

Reduce the orange juice by 1/3 with a tablespoon of sugar and 4 cl of Grand Marnier.

Briefly dip the freshly prepared pancakes in the orange juice and place on the plates.

Put the orange fillets in the juice, then serve with the sour cream and créme fraîche.

… with maple syrup

Put a thin knob of butter on the freshly baked pancakes and then pour maple syrup over them.

… with bacon and fried egg

First, fry 4-6 slices of bacon until crispy and keep warm.

Prepare a fresh hollandaise or use a good ready-made product and keep it warm.

Prepare the pancakes, then slowly fry the fried eggs. Arrange the pancakes in the middle of a warm plate.

Put a tablespoon of hollandaise on top, put the bacon slices on top, add another tablespoon of hollandaise on top,
Cut out fried eggs with a round cutter and place on top of the topped pancakes.

Serve sprinkled with chives.

7. More baking ideas

Comments, Cooking Questions and Answers

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  • Hello Chef Thomas!

    I just tried your Pan-Cakes and they turned out perfectly.

    I like such simple recipes and will try next the Palatschinken found in the article.

    We always make the pancakes small and tall here, I would like to try the thin version.

    Looking forward to more sharing.

    Kind regards



    • Thank you Haylie for the nice feedback.

      I look forward to you reporting back on the Palatschinken.

      I am curious if you like them!

      Best regards Thomas


  • Hello Thomas

    this is a great tutorial and I have bookmarked the ideas for the variations.

    The pancake with berries is very tasty.

    Love greetings April


    • Hello April,

      Thanks for your message, I hope you try the other variations.

      Feel free to contact me with any cooking questions!

      Good luck and greetings Thomas