Saturday, July 05, 2008

Apple Pancakes

Susan from The Well-Seasoned Cook is hosting an event Pancakes on Parade in which she asks us to share our appreciation for the Pancake and its many variants.

The recipe I'm making today is one my mother would make - simple but delicious, it is based on an basic pancake batter to which very fine slices of apple have been added. The slices need to be thin as the only cooking the apple will get is when the pancake is cooked. There is enough residual heat to just soften the slice and encase it in the pillowy batter. As there's no sugar in the batter, use a sweeter type of apple like a Golden Delicious for the best result.

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Apple Pancakes

1 apple, peeled, cored and very finely sliced
150 grams self raising flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder*
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup milk

*Due to the apples, baking powder is needed to help lift the batter even though self-raising flour is used.

Sift the flour and baking powder together into a bowl. Whisk in the egg and milk until just combined. Add the apple slices and fold in, make sure they are well dispersed through the batter. Let the batter rest for about 15 minutes before using.

I used just under a quarter of a cup to make each pancake - a heavy based skillet is essential to ensure even heat distribution. Once you see bubbles forming on the surface, you can flip them over to finish cooking.

Keep the pancakes in a warm spot while you finish making the rest.

apple pancakes©

I've served these with Meyer Marmalade - the sweet tang is a pleasant match to the apple.

More pancake goodness can be found in the archives:
Goat Cheese and Red Capsicum Pancakes
Okonomi-yaki - Japanese savoury pancake
Ricotta Pancakes
Yeast Pancakes


  1. AnonymousJuly 06, 2008

    Your pancakes look absolutely perfect. . . I've always had trouble w/ apple pancakes; must be because I cut the slices too thick! Now will look forward to trying again. And I just love them paired with marmalade!

  2. OMG those pancakes look sooooo good! It needs a nice scoop of ice cream on the side.

  3. Oh wow, those are the most amazing pancakes I have ever seen!

  4. AnonymousJuly 07, 2008

    Oh I just love pancakes any time of day. Your mother's recipe here is even more special, I will definitely try it one day. Actually, I will be going apple picking in October and will look forward to making this for breakfast! Thank you for the recipe and your delicious blog.

  5. Thanks Ricki - I think that is the secret. Hope you enjoy your next batch!

    Thanks Sormuijai - that would be good.

    Thanks Holler!

    Thanks WOR - I might have to post about my mothers apple fritters next time!

  6. What beautiful, old-fashioned simplicity, Haalo.

    Thank you for joining in Pancakes on Parade. : )

  7. Thanks Susan - you've managed to collect and amazing array of pancakes it is a fabulous roundup!

  8. Making my way through Susan's round-up and had to pop over to see your recipe! These sound a little easier than the German apple pancake recipe I've tried in the past... thanks for the tips.

  9. Thanks Librariane - hope you enjoy them as much as i do!

  10. Haalo, as always you amaze me. These pancakes look far too fluffy and light for an apple to be hidden in there. Marmalade is an excellent touch

  11. These look so good... the marmalade is a great touch.

  12. Thanks Nina - i think the secret is in cutting the apple really thing

    Thanks Alexa!

  13. Yum, yum, posted this link as my recipe of the day, thank you!

  14. I've made this recipe twice since printing out the recipe last Saturday. The pancakes turn out fluffy and tasty. The second time I made these pancakes, I substituted a third of the flour with wholemeal flour and added a 1/4 tsp of baking powder to the amount stated in the recipe and they turned out more tasty.

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe!! : )

  15. Thanks for the recipe! It tasted really good, but I think my apple slices weren't thin enough... but it was a satisfying meal nevertheless!


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