Monday, October 13, 2014
Apple ring pancakes
I warned you that apple recipes would be coming since we recently picked a bushel. I canned a few batches of applesauce and we've been eating them with our lunch every day, but it still leaves plenty for cooking with as well. One thing I've been waiting for apple season to make is these apple ring pancakes. I got the idea from my Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook (which I love - there's been a free e-cookbook on Amazon for a while now. I have two different print versions and this one may be different as well). However, this recipe was for deep-fried apple fritter rings and while that sounds delicious, it wasn't quite what I wanted for breakfast. So, I decided to dip them in a spiced pancake batter instead. Served with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon, some real maple syrup, and a couple breakfast sausages made these a perfect weekend breakfast. I must say that these three turned out the nicest, that's why they are in the photo. Most of them were a little messier, but they were still delicious!
Apple ring pancakes
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 large egg
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for cooking
2 large apples, cored and cut into 1/4-inch thick rings (I used one tart apple and one sweet apple)
Whisk together the flour through salt in a bowl until combined. Whisk together to egg through butter in another bowl until well-combined. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined.
Heat a griddle or cast iron skillet until hot. Lightly butter the hot pan.
Dip the apple rings into the batter coating both sides. Let any excess drip off **. Place onto the hot skillet. Flip when the batter begins to bubble and the first side is golden. Cook until the second side is golden and repeat until all the apple rings and/or batter is gone.
**If you have trouble with the batter sticking to the apples (this may happen with some juicier apples), dip the rings in some plain flour first.
What was I cooking one year ago?: apple & pork macaroni & cheese
Two years ago?: apple crisp pie
Three?: chipotle sweet potato soup
4?: spaghetti squash gratin