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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Apple Slice Pancakes



Hi!   When my oldest Grandson comes for a Nana day, his first words are usually “Nana, what kind of pancakes are we having for breakfast?”   The usual answer is blueberry, but today it was Apple Slice.  I want to share this recipe with you because it’s so easy, and it puts the biggest smile on the “sweetie” that eats it.   Try it out and let me know your thoughts….

Note:   You can use your standard pancake mix and add 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg and a small pinch of ground cloves, or you can use the basic recipe I use from a cookbook titled “Joy of Cooking, All About Breakfast”.  I tweaked it a bit with the spices mentioned to make it more apple friendly, as well as reducing the milk to make a thicker batter.


Ingredients: 

1 or 2 nice cooking apples
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 small pinch of ground cloves
1 ¼ cups milk
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

First, rinse and dry a good size apple.  My favorite for cooking is “Pink Lady”.  If you have not tried this apple, look for it in the store next time you shop for apples.   It is delicious!   Anyway, slice with a mandoline, if you have one as it will yield a lot of thin uniform slices.  Then, poke out any of the seeds from each apple circle.



Pre-heat a griddle to about 350 degrees F.

Then, to a medium size mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves.   Dry whisk vigorously to combine all of the ingredients.    Set aside.

Next, to a smaller bowl add the milk, melted butter, eggs and vanilla.  Whisk together until well mixed.

Then, pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and gently stir them together, mixing just until combined.


Next, place an apple circle on the griddle and then pour batter over the top.   The batter will spread out. 


 
Cook until the top of each pancake is speckled with bubbles and some bubbles have popped open.  


Then flip and cook until the underside is lightly browned.


 Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200F oven while you finish cooking the rest.

Serve with maple syrup or honey and pats of butter.



Enjoy !!!

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