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They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day but is it really necessary? I am not a morning person and I’ve never been. As a child, I was force-fed cereal every morning; and now as an adult, I’ve tried for years to force feed myself breakfast in the morning hours. I’ve failed miserably every time. Eggs, granola, and yogurt, oatmeal, overnight oats, chia pudding, breakfast smoothies – you name it I’ve tried it!
Finally, this year, I’ve decided to finally give up (until the next study about breakfast good for you comes to attention)! But I really do have an affinity for breakfast food. I love eggs, pancakes, waffles, even oatmeal. All-day breakfast places are my favorite. Just because I can’t ingest food before noon, why should I miss out!
There is something ever so sacred about breakfast on the weekend. I love making it at home, going out for brunch, any which way I can have it!
Making breakfast gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Breakfast foods are just so versatile! They are so great to play around with, pancakes, eggs, there are so many ways to experiment with it!
Which brings me to these apple pie pancakes! My husband LOVES apple pie. When we first started dating, many of our date nights included Netflix and apple pie from the grocery store with ice cream. I recall even skipping dinner many times, and polishing off a whole pie. He also LOVES pancakes. Every time I ask if he’d like pancakes, he lights up like a little kid who has just eyed a cupcake with sprinkles. So, of course, it only made sense to combine the two.
I present to you:
Apple Pie Pancakes!
These start with spiced pancakes, making them a tad more special (similar to the Walnut Caramel pancakes from December) and every stack is topped with apple pie filling and syrup. You could use canned apple pie filling, but it’s so easy to make your own – why would you?
The best part of the apple pie pancakes is that you don’t have to make a finicky pie crust, or wait for it to bake in the oven. It can be yours in 30 minutes!
Try it for yourself, and let me know how it goes!
Apple Pie Pancakes
- 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ¼ cups milk
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- Vegetable oil for griddle
- Maple syrup for serving
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 medium-sized apple chopped into cubed sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- Mix milk and lemon juice in a bowl and let stand for 5 minutes to make buttermilk
- Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
- Whisk eggs, milk from step #1, and butter in a medium bowl; stir into dry ingredients until just combined (some lumps are okay).
- Rest batter for 5 to 10 minutes
- In the meantime, heat a small pan on medium heat.
- Add 1 tablespoon butter.
- Once butter has melted, add the apple, cinnamon, salt, and sugar.
- Cook on medium heat, constantly stirring for about 10 minutes to caramelize the apple. Set aside.
- Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium; brush with oil. Working in batches, scoop ⅓-cupfuls of batter onto griddle. Cook pancakes until bottoms are golden brown and bubbles form on top, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until cooked through and both sides of pancakes are golden brown, about 2 minutes longer.
- Stack 2 or 3 pancakes and top each stack with apple pie filling and maple syrup (if using).
- Serve and enjoy!