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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
- About 2 cups of your favorite pancake mix made according to package directions
- 2 medium sized apples, peeled and sliced to ¼ inch rounds, cored
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 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.
- Mix all syrup ingredients in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals until hot. Pour over pancakes and enjoy!
- Delicious with all sorts of pancake batter - buttermilk, pumpkin, gingerbread etc!