Most of you know that we live in North Carolina, home to some absolutely crazy weather. For example, yesterday was 65º and sunny. Today is 25º and we’re supposed to get somewhere between 3″ and 6″ of snow. The only season that lasts at least as long as it should and behaves as it’s supposed to in NC is summer – it’s long and it’s hot and it’s dry. Fall, winter, and spring are all a crapshoot as to what you’re going to get.
But if you do happen to have a chilly morning – or live somewhere with a real winter that behaves as winters should – the following recipe is a perfect way to start your day! ((This is my disclaimer that I am actually glad that winter in NC is crazy. If I lived somewhere it was actually cold (i.e. consistently less than 60º), I would go insane. I loathe being cold.))
This recipe originally came from Penzey’s spices, as do many of the delicious recipes we make, and I’ve adapted it a little to make it more to our liking.
German Apple Pancakes
-3/4 Cup flour
-1/2 tsp. salt
-3/4 Cup milk
-1/4 Cup sugar*
-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
-2 Tbsp. butter, divided*
-2 medium apples, peeled if desired and thinly sliced*
*I’ll use egg beaters or 2 eggs + 2 egg whites, just to save calories and cholesterol, and it still tastes good.
*We use slightly less than 1/4 cup sugar, probably closer to 3 Tbsp, but we don’t like really really sweet things. Also, I think it would be good to mix the cinnamon sugar in the batter but I haven’t tried that yet.
*The originial recipe called for 4 Tbsp of butter, which was ridiculous. 2 Tbsp works just fine, but feel free to increase the amount if you want an extra decadent breakfast.
*You can use any fruit you like, really. We’ve made this with apples, pears, and bananas and each variation has been delicious. So use whatever you have on hand – I’m pretty sure frozen fruit would work just as well.
1) Preheat oven to 400°. Place two pie pans (we prefer glass) in the oven to heat. Beat the eggs, flour, milk and salt on medium speed for 1 minute. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
2) Take the pans out of the oven and put 1 Tbsp butter in each pan, moving it around to coat the pan bottoms and sides. Spread the apple/fruit slices in the bottom of the pans. Pour half the batter in each pan. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and puffy. Serve immediately.
It’s a pretty easy breakfast that appeals to everyone in my household. And it’s a nice treat for cold mornings or lazy Sundays.
It’s also fairly simple to cut the recipe in half if you only want to make one pie pan of pancake, which is what I do when it’s just me and LB. Although I could easily eat an entire 9″ apple pancake myself, no trouble. I know what I’m going to be whipping up tomorrow morning if we are snowed in. Enjoy!