Nov 13, 2010

Apple Pancakes

Apple Pancakes

Now that fall has finally arrived, it’s apple pickin time! I haven’t actually gone and picked buckets and buckets of apples in years but I do enjoy picking fresh crisp apples up at the grocery store this time of year! And you know I really loved getting to go out and pick fresh apples but there was the slightest bit of disappointment in not being able to eat 20+ apples in the process of picking. See when I went berry picking (Strawberry, blackberry) my strategy was to fill the bottom of my bucket until temptation got the best of me and I found myself putting one berry in the bucket and the next in my mouth. A fair 1 to 1 ratio! I would try to deny my guilty pleasure, but there was something about all the juice stains on my shirt that would give me away!

Now that I’m a little older it’s more than just picking the fruit and sneaking in tastes, but it’s about taking advantage of the seasonal fruit to make delicious meals. So far this fall I’ve had apples in my quick breads, apples in my soup with parsnips, and then one of my favorite: apple pancakes! I was craving breakfast for dinner but didn’t want the normal breakfast meal. As always smitten kitchen provided me with just what I was looking for and my stomach was craving. These pancakes are so fantastic and a perfect way to use some of those fresh apples you have hanging around right now!

Here’s what you’ll need:


(Adapted from smitten kitchen. Made 6-8 pancakes)

  • 3 granny smith apples (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon

I found it easiest to start with my apples. Peel the apples, remove the core and and chop into large chunks. Put the apple into a food processor and chop away. You need the apple pieces to be relatively small so that they incorporate nicely into the pancake mix. You always want to make sure though that you don’t let the apple process too long until you’re left with an applesauce time mixture.

3 granny smith apples. Start with this....

....and get this! 3 chopped granny smith apples.

In a large mixing bowl mix together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon. In a smaller bowl mix together the egg and milk. It’s important that you really beat the egg with the milk until you have a smooth consistency. (You can also use a milk other than skim. That is just a staple in my fridge and when I forget to buy something a little heavier it’s what I turn to.)

With everything mixed and chopped in their respective bowls, you can now combine them. Pour the wet ingredients (milk and egg) into the larger dry ingredient bowl, followed by your apple. Give everything a big stir. Just like any other pancake mixture, you want things to be a little sticky. You want things mixed but you don’t want to play with the batter too much.

Apple pancake batter!

Heat up a little bit of butter in a pan on medium heat and add big spoonfuls of pancake batter to the pan. Don’t let the addition of apple throw you off when cooking these. They are just like any other pancake and you want to let them sit and cook on the first side until you start seeing little bubbles form on the top.

Apple pancakes cooking away!

Flip the pancakes when they’re ready and the second side should only take about 3-5 minutes to finish up. I find it easiest to have a lined baking sheet ready for when your first few batches are done. You can transfer them to a baking sheet in the oven on a low temp just to keep things warm while you finish making the rest of the pancakes.

Pancakes staying warm in the oven.

Once you have the rest of your batter made, all that is left to do is enjoy! This was breakfast for dinner night so I accompanied my pancakes with a homemade irish soda bread muffin (I’ll share that recipe next) and some scrambled eggs. Perfect ending to a long day!

Breakfast for dinner: apple pancakes, scrambled eggs and irish soda bread muffin.

If you’re looking for an alternative pancake meal, you have to try these out! They are the perfect consistency and who doesn’t love an apple cinnamon combination!! It’s sweet but not too sweat that you can only have a few bites…in fact they are kind of addicting! I get bored of plain jane pancakes and need my pancake to have a little personality. These are just that! As always, fast, easy and delicious all in one recipe! For now, that’s apple pancakes…in the shell of a nut!

1 Comment

  • Kris got me the most badass food processor ever for my birthday/2-year anniversary and I am going to make him these pancakes for breakfast this morning! What a great recipe! Keep up the good work!

Leave a comment