Pop Up Muffins

Breakfast and Brunch, Frugal Recipes, Kid Friendly Recipes, Muffins | 24 comments

This was such a fun and easy breakfast to make for my family. I will go back to this one again and again because of the ease and which it comes together. These Pop Up Muffins, as we called them, also known as German Pancakes are so great for a busy morning when you don’t have time for something more labor intensive, or maybe don’t have a lot of groceries on hand. I know that 95% off the time I will always have the ingredients to make this one. And honestly, I get tired of cereal every morning. Thanks, Marie, for sharing this one. I love the idea of German Pancakes in muffin tins. They are super cute that way!

Pop Up Muffins
adapted from Make and Takes
makes 24 muffins

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • dash salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • assorted condiments for serving

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Blend milk through orange zest in a blender. Grease muffin tins and distribute batter evenly between 24 muffin. Bake for 15 minutes, or until puffy and golden on top. I served these topped with maple syrup and slice strawberries with a little sprinkle of powdered sugar.

Katie Goodman

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  • 1
    Melody - August 03, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

    What a cute idea! Mmmm…the strawberries and powdered sugar really tops it off well!


  • 2
    Joan - August 03, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

    Those look incredibly yummy! Thank you for posting the recipe.


  • 3
    The Queen of Clearance - August 03, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

    sounds yummy!


  • 4
    The Apple Hill Adventurer - August 03, 2009 @ 2:44 pm

    those look delish! like pancake cups almost hehe :) i get tired of cereal too, and its just to dang hot to fully enjoy oatmealthe fall cannot come soon enoughhave a great day, seems as though its off to a good start


  • 5
    Kelsey B. - August 03, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

    These are adorable, perfect for summer fruit!


  • 6
    Tania - August 03, 2009 @ 3:43 pm

    I cannot wait to make these tomorrow morning! Thanks for the recipe! Yum!


  • 7
    Jennifer - August 03, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

    I love this idea!!!! German pancake muffins!! brilliant!


  • 8
    Jackie - August 03, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

    Great idea, and beautiful photo! It sounds perfect for brunch and entertaining.


  • 9
    Patsyk - August 03, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

    they look more involved than they are… gotta love that! I'll be adding this to my pile of recipes to try!


  • 10
    Katie - August 03, 2009 @ 7:18 pm

    So cute!


  • 11
    Amy - August 03, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

    Yummy! I bet my children would love those. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!


  • 12
    Pili - August 03, 2009 @ 7:34 pm

    Ooooh, sounds so yummy!


  • 13
    Lyndsey - August 03, 2009 @ 10:37 pm

    Oh yum! I am for sure going to try these!


  • 14
    {kiss my spatula} - August 03, 2009 @ 11:16 pm

    brilliant idea – this is a must try for me! looks amazing for breakfast or…maybe even my dinner tonight! :)


  • 15
    Abby - August 03, 2009 @ 11:26 pm

    What a beautiful photo – and idea. We're leaving for vacation this week, and I think everyone (including my 1-year-old) would enjoy this. I'll break the no-computer rule to look up this recipe on the laptop!


  • 16
    Anonymous - August 04, 2009 @ 11:12 am

    They look like Yorkshire puddings to me. :S


  • 17
    Deb - August 04, 2009 @ 5:18 pm

    That looks so good! Thanks for sharing :)


  • 18
    delightfullysweet - August 05, 2009 @ 3:55 am

    I have made the larger german pancakes, but never smaller muffin sized ones! Great idea. Maybe I will cook them up tomorrow for breakfast!Great blog =)


  • 19
    LaDonna - August 10, 2009 @ 1:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! We enjoyed them on Saturday. I replaced the orange zest with lemon to go with the blueberries we had. Yum! We will definitely being having these more often, so quick & easy.


  • 20
    zested - August 22, 2009 @ 1:33 am

    This is one of the first recipes that I ever learned how to make, but it never occurred to me to do them in muffin tins. Great idea, thanks.


  • 21
    Leah Rosenbaum - October 31, 2010 @ 11:23 am

    was I supposed to mix the butter into the batter or grease the pan with it?


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — October 31st, 2010 @ 12:52 PM

      Mix it in. It says to blend the milk through zest – that’s everything but your condiments.

  • 22
    Diana - November 02, 2014 @ 10:42 am

    These didn’t puff up like a dutch baby at all. So disappointing.


  • 23
    Diana - November 02, 2014 @ 10:58 am

    oops. I hit enter too soon and can’t figure out how to edit or delete it. They puffed up like a ball and didn’t settle. I poked a hole in them with a knife and they settled.


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