Apple “Fritter” Pancakes with Spiced Maple Syrup

Some mornings I want something decadent for breakfast but easy, don’t you? I had a whole pile of these freshly picked apples and my brain was dreaming of warm, fluffy pancakes.

Apple "Fritter" Pancakes with Spiced Maple Syrup ~ one fine shindig

 

I was a bit sleepy so I wanted a way to mix both the apples and pancake with minimal effort. Apple fritters actually sounded amazing but definitely not as easy as I was hoping. Possible future post though… Well, what if I combined the two? Years ago I made these amazing apple fritters with apple rings dipped in batter then fried. I could do the same thing with pancake batter!

So true to my morning laziness I grabbed my trusty pancake box mix and went to work. I mixed up a few cups the way the box described then went about peeling and slicing my apples. I ended up with beautiful slices showing off a hard core that I really needed to get rid of. Problem was, I didn’t have anything to cut it out with…

Apple "Fritter" Pancakes with Spiced Maple Syrup ~ one fine shindig

Enter my dilemma. I went through every drawer in my kitchen looking for the perfect sized tool to cut a core out of these apple slices. Finally, I realized I could use a melon baller. I positioned it just right and pushed down… and it broke. The melon baller, not the apple. Sigh….

Well, I still had a pile of apples that needed to be cored. After another in depth search through my kitchen, I realized I needed to think outside the box. Pulling down my cake frosting metal tips, I selected a perfect sized one and with the help of a kitchen towel I breezed through coring the remaining apples. Best thing? You would never know I used a frosting tip unless you were watching me. They were beautiful.

Apple "Fritter" Pancakes with Spiced Maple Syrup ~ one fine shindig

After I dipped the apples and had them griddling on the stove – yes I just used the word griddling, it’s an odd word – I looked at my jug of maple syrup knowing that plain maple syrup wasn’t going to cut it today. I wanted something spiced, warm and gooey reminding me of a cool fall day. Even though at this point it’s still 80 degrees in southern California.

I dumped cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and a splash of vanilla in my maple syrup and warmed it in the microwave. I was lazy this morning remember? Topping those lightly browned pancakes with warm gooeyness was everything I was expecting this morning. The apple slices in the middle didn’t get incredibly soft, but surprisingly they provided a nice bite that made these pancakes something I’ll go back to and make again and again.

Apple "Fritter" Pancakes with Spiced Maple Syrup ~ one fine shindig

 

Now as an afterthought, I should have used pumpkin pancake mix – now that would have been pure heaven. Don’t worry, I’m not stopping you, I know that’s how you’re going to make yours.

Apple Fritter Pancakes with Spiced Maple Syrup
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. About 2 cups of your favorite pancake mix made according to package directions
  2. 2 medium sized apples, peeled and sliced to ¼ inch rounds, cored
Syrup
  1. ½ cup maple syrup
  2. ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  3. ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  5. 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Heat a griddle over medium heat. Dip apple slices in pancake batter, covering generously. Cook on the griddle until golden brown on both sides about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Mix all syrup ingredients in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals until hot. Pour over pancakes and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Delicious with all sorts of pancake batter - buttermilk, pumpkin, gingerbread etc!
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One Response

  1. Great idea, and sounds yummy! Perfect for a fall day. Can’t wait to try them myself. I never thought of adding to my syrup then heating it up. ..YUMMM

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