Spiced Apple Ring Pancakes

in Breakfast, Pancakes

Spiced Apple Ring Pancakes

I’ve been in New York this week on a trip that’s been mostly vacation, with a few meetings sprinkled throughout, and it’s been crazy amazing. While roaming around the city and eating all sorts of awesome things have been great, sleeping in has been the highlight. I never sleep in, and it’s not because I’m a super responsible, productive person, it’s because I have an animal that wakes me up way too early. It’s been a glorious week.

While I was writing PANCAKES, there were a lot of recipes that hit the cutting room floor. This was one of them. Not because it wasn’t worthy of being in print (it was!), it simply had to do with redundant. The Apple Pie Pancakes had already won its place within the book and there simply wasn’t room for a second apple pancake recipe. But I haven’t forgot about these apple ring pancakes. I’ve just been waiting for the right time to share ‘em.

Spiced Apple Ring Pancakes

The ratio is a bit different. There’s more apple than pancakes, which is awesome if you like apples. I love apples, though I’m not a huge fan of overcooked apples, which is one of the reasons why I love this recipe. The apples are just slightly cooked. They have just the right amount of give–but definitely aren’t soggy.

The batter is thinner than I’d normally be into but it’s way appropriate for this dipping. You want the batter to be able to drip off a bit. And just a heads up, these pancakes are best eaten right away. You can keep them warm in the oven but really are best right off of the pan.

I’m back to Los Angeles tomorrow morning and I’m excited to hug Amelia. I hope she acts like a psycho and runs around the house like a lunatic. I’ll be disappointed if she doesn’t. Maybe I’ll even feed her a pancake.

Spiced Apple Ring Pancakes

Spiced Apple Ring Pancakes

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Dry mix:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet mix:
1 cup whole milk
1 large egg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Apples:
2 Gala apples, cored and cut into 1/4-inch slices

1. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. To a measuring cup, measure out the milk, add the egg and melted butter; beat until thoroughly combined.

2. All at once, add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined. The batter should have some small to medium lumps.

3. Preheat your skillet over medium heat and brush with 1 1/2 teaspoon of butter or a teaspoon of vegetable oil. Dip each apple slice into the pancake batter, allowing the runoff to fall back into the bowl and then transfering the apple slice to the skillet. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until small bubbles form on the surface of the batter, and then flip. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook on the opposite side for about 1 minute, or until golden brown.

4. Transfer the cooked apple rings to a baking sheet and place in a preheated 200 degree F oven to keep warm. Repeat the process with the remaining batter, adding more butter or vegetable oil to the skillet when needed. Serve with warm maple syrup and a dollop of butter.

Makes 8 pancake rings/Serves 4

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Anita October 25, 2013 at 2:15 am

that looks so good! I’m thinking some greek yoghurt on the side would be delicious

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Averie @ Averie Cooks October 25, 2013 at 3:09 am

I have seen this idea on Pinterent but forgot about it! You, the pancake queen, totally rocked these! Pinned!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 25, 2013 at 4:26 am

These are so neat! I definitely need to try them!

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Tieghan October 25, 2013 at 5:42 am

I love this idea! So fun and delicious!

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Nina October 25, 2013 at 6:10 am

Woah, these look so great! Definitely a fun twist on pancakes, this is something I’ll make sure to try out for myself!

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Suzan @ The Lazy Suzan October 25, 2013 at 7:58 am

These look tremendous!

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Anna @ Bashful Bao October 25, 2013 at 8:02 am

I’d love to try this with fresh pineapple rings! Love the apples too!!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) October 25, 2013 at 8:02 am

Seen this idea before (or maybe it was for doughnuts?), but never tried it! Totally making these this weekend. Done and done.

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Sarah Crowder (punctuated. with food) October 25, 2013 at 10:22 am

Cool I hadn’t seen this kind of thing before! My husband and toddler would love these.

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Mallory @ Total Noms October 25, 2013 at 10:39 am

What an unusual and awesome idea for a pancake! Perfect for the season! I bet this would be yummy with pears (although they’d have to be pretty large) as well.

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Rebecca at thisfineday October 25, 2013 at 11:21 am

Yummy! We have tons of apples left from apple picking. Will definitely try this recipe this weekend :-)

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm

These pancakes look glorious, love the apple to batter ratio!

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Salvegging @ salvegging.blogspot.com October 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Awesome idea. At first I thought you’d used a donut-ish pan or something. The apples are the mold!

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie October 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm

What a fun pancake!

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Natalia October 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm

My grandmother used to make pancakes similar to these. No one in our family has the recipe and she has long since passed away. I’m going to try making these – they look very similar. Thanks for posting.

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Rebecca October 26, 2013 at 8:49 am

Uuuhhh I love love love Apple Pancakes :) We used to make them back at home with my mum a lot :D But we ate them with icing sugar :)

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Tammela October 26, 2013 at 10:17 am

These are so creative and sound delicious!

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holly ; the hobbit kitchen October 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm

gorgeous! you’ve combined my favourite things – apples, spices & pancakes. definitely saving this for later! :)

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm

That first photo is beautiful!! These look delicious!!

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Cass @foodmyfriend October 27, 2013 at 5:33 pm

I hope Amelia wasn’t too mad. These look so yummy. I want to make them now! Perhaps they will make it onto my breakfast table this weekend :)

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Jayne October 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm

This is like having dessert but only better! Breakfasty dessert. I feel pancakes should ALWAYS be eaten fresh out of the pan no matter what they are. It’s just so much better hot hot hot.

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Anja October 28, 2013 at 2:45 am

Hi ya,

I made these the last Weekend and topped them with pear puree. Delicious. My mother makes this a lot and my whole family loved this simple dish. Thank you for sharing. Anja from Germany

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Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living October 28, 2013 at 9:03 am

Wow, these look fabulous! What might you substitute for maple syrup?

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Adrianna Adarme October 28, 2013 at 9:08 am

I’m a big fan of honey.

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Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living October 28, 2013 at 9:13 am

Oh, yes, me too! That’s a great idea- thank you!

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Suzanne October 30, 2013 at 11:21 am

The look quite nummy, I have a apple pancake craving now, must try these soon!

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Debra martin November 1, 2013 at 8:41 am

I wonder if these freeze well?

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Adrianna Adarme November 1, 2013 at 8:46 am

I wouldn’t advise it. These don’t have that long of a life to them.

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Dina November 2, 2013 at 8:20 am

very creative! they look yummy.

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fardous November 3, 2013 at 11:46 am

i made those today , it was , del , thank u for sharing

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