Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup
It’s that time of year where apples are starting to turn up everywhere.
From caramel apples to apple pie to pancakes that taste like apple pie.
I confess, I’m not much of a pie-maker. We really don’t need a whole pie at once, and I tend to make bars and cookies because they seem to disappear quicker than a whole pie does.
These pancakes are the answer to my pie-less prayers. And they’re much faster to make than making a pie. I know you won’t miss rolling out pie crust.
The recipe is adapted from my friend Adrianna Adarme of A Cozy Kitchen’s new cookbook, Pancakes: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack.
Adrianna’s recipes are written in a way that leaves nothing to guess, which is so appreciated. I try to write my recipes with lots of detail, and I always appreciate it when I read blogs or cookbooks that are the same.
In the opening chapter of the book, she offers lots of tips. For example, preheating your pan is really important for perfect pancakes, and if you’re making a big batch, keeping the finished pancakes in a low, preheated 200F oven keeps the first ones warm while you cook your way through the batch.
I am just blown away by how creative she got with the recipes. Carrot Cake Pancakes, Red Velvet, Coffee, Cinnamon Bun, and Banana Bourbon Pancakes all caught my eye.
There’s also Dinner Pancakes, like Jalepeno Corn Cakes and Smoked Gouda Sweet Potato Latkes.
But since it’s approaching fall, and since I have sweet teeth, I went with Apple Pie.
It’s standard pancake-making, a bowl of dry ingredients, a bowl of wet poured over dry, and then one grated apple is stirred into the batter before griddling them.
The only changes I made to the recipe were with the spices. I added more cinnamon and nutmeg, and threw in a pinch of cloves.
She also suggested peeling the apple but I didn’t bother. Fiber never hurt anyone.
I added vanilla extract to my maple syrup to bring out that apple pie flavor profile. And I suggest Vanilla Maple Butter, which is stunningly good. I wanted to make something new, but Vanilla Maple Butter is my favorite pancake, French toast, or waffle topper.
The cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves pair so perfectly with apples. Your house definitely will smell like fall after making a batch of these.
The bits of grated apple lend just a touch of texture to the otherwise soft, fluffy, and lightweight pancakes.
Although summer is my favorite season, if I have to ring in fall, pancakes that remind me of apple pie are always welcome.
And so are sky-high fluffy stacks.
Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup
The pancakes are a perfect breakfast on a fall morning or anytime you want to savor the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, which pair wonderfully with apples. The bits of grated apple lend just a touch of texture to the otherwise soft, fluffy, and lightweight pancakes. Your house will smell incredible after making a batch of these easy pancakes that remind me of apple pie.
1 cup all-purpose flour2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (original recipe calls for 1 teaspoon)
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (original recipe calls for 1/8 teaspoon)
1/2 teaspoon ground clove (not included in original recipe)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1 large egg
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup grated apple (about 1 medium apple, original indicates to peel apple but I didn’t)
Butter or vegetable oil for skillet
Vanilla Maple Syrup (not included in original recipe)
about 1/2 cup maple syrup, warmed gently
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or the scrapings of 1 vanilla bean
- Pancakes – In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
- In a measuring cup or small bowl, measure out the milk. Add the remaining wet ingredients and beat until combined.
- All at once, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. The batter should have some small to medium lumps; don’t overmix or try to stir them smooth.
- Gently fold in the grated apple.
- Preheat your skillet over medium heat and brush with 1 1/2 teaspoons of butter or 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.
- Using a 1/4-cup measure, scoop batter onto warm skillet. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until small bubbles form on the surface of the pancakes, and then flip.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook on the opposite side for about 1 minute, or until golden brown. (My pancakes were slightly larger than 1/4-cup of batter each, and I yielded 7 rather than 8; and they took slightly longer to cook than recipe indicates).
- Transfer cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and place in a preheated 200F oven to keep warm.
- Repeat the process with the remaining batter, adding more butter or oil to the skilled when needed. Serve immediately.
- Vanilla Maple Syrup – Stir together the syrup, vanilla, and serve over pancakes. Optionally, serve with Vanilla Maple Butter.
Recipe reprinted with permission and adapted from Pancakes: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack
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What’s your favorite way to use apples? Favorite pancake recipe?