I would guess most people have eaten German pancakes, whether they be called "puffy pancakes," "dutch babies," "surprise pancakes" or "oven pancakes." The recipe is SUPER easy and almost the same everywhere. The toppings vary, though. My mom sprinkles sugar AND syrup on them. I remember my friend, Whitney, tops hers with cinnamon and sugar before baking. Fruit is a popular topping as well. Personally, we like ours with cinnamon and sugar, AND syrup (not totally soaked though).
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 425º. Melt 3–6 (I always use as little as possible) tablespoons of butter (not oil spreads, make sure you use REAL butter) in a 9x13 pan in the oven as it preheats.
Mix all ingredients together well (although, I've found that a few lump don't hurt!). Pour pancake batter into pan with melted butter. Bake for 20–25 minutes until golden brown and puffy. Don't peek in the oven for at least 20 minutes or it won't puff!
*I usually half or 2/3 this recipe when I'm making it for just us two. Use a 9x9" pan or a pie pan and cook for less time, 15–20 minutes.
Hope you enjoy!