November means that the leaves start to change colors and we start to get a nice crisp bite to the air. Unfortunately, it also means the beginning of the end of apple season.
Armed with a few mutsu apples from Thursday’s farmers’ market–and with Dan begging me to make him breakfast–I decided to search the web for an apple pancake recipe.
The first recipe I came across was from a California bed and breakfast. With those two pluses going for it, I didn’t even need to read the recipe before deciding on it.
While a traditional apple pancake with some cinnamon tossed in the batter is great, I was thrilled to stumble on this baked/puffed pancake recipe. Given my love for cakes and anything sweet, this pancake variation was a perfect find for a lazy fall morning.
The original recipe calls for a lot of butter, a sprinkling of brown sugar, and a dusting of powdered sugar. Feel free to use all three, but I cut back on the butter and brown sugar and ommitted the powdered sugar. I’m pretty sure that the original recipe would have been perfect to serve as part of a dessert bar.
Puffed Apple Pancake (adapted from Epicurious)
- 1 cup skim milk
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2/3 cup all purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 apples–peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
1. Preheat oven to 425
2. Peel and slice your apples
3. Add butter to glass baking dish (13×9) and stick in oven until melted
4. Arrange apple slices in overlapping rows to fill bottom of dish and bake until apples start to soften and butter is bubbling–approx. 10 minutes
5. Meanwhile, mix first 6 ingredients (milk through cinnamon) and then slowly add in the flour until combined
6. Pour batter over apples, top with a sprinkle of brown sugar, and pop the pancake in the oven until puffed and browned–approx. 20 minutes.
7. Cut and enjoy! And add powdered sugar if you care to indulge 🙂
I promise that this is as good cold the next day as it is fresh from the oven.