Friday, July 8, 2011

Dutch Apple Pancakes

Okay so this is technically breakfast but it feels way more like you are eating dessert than anything.  It is just so delicious and if you serve it with Buttermilk Syrup, it is to-die-for-good!  This was actually Dallin's Father's Day breakfast but I make it semi-often because I love it so much.  It has a crispy crunchy edge but a light texture and the caramelized apples are sweet and tart.  So good!  If you have a cast iron skillet, it is the absolute best thing to cook it in, but it is possible to bake it in an 8x8 glass pan, it just won't be AS good and you won't get that crispy edge to it.  
Try out this recipe for your loved ones - they will thank you all day long!

Dutch Apple Pancakes with Buttermilk Syrup (you get a two-for-one today!)
recipe for pancakes by Dandelion Mamma and syrup recipe is as old as dirt

1/4 c butter, melted (4 Tbsp)
2 firm apples ( I prefer tart) peeled, cored and sliced in wedges
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup flour
4 large eggs
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 450 degrees, with rack in middle position.
Melt butter in skillet over medium head, setting aside 2 Tbsp in your blender.
Add apple wedges to butter in skillet and saute until they soften and get some color, about 5 minutes.
While apples are cooking, add milk, flour, eggs, sugar and salt to butter in blender, whirl until smooth.
When apples are golden and soft, sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon and allow to get bubbly, about 2 minutes.  Pour the batter over the whole thing.
Put the whole cast iron skillet in the HOT oven and bake until the pancake is giant and puffy and golden, about 12-15 minutes.
If you are using an 8x8 then I am sad for you but butter it well and spread gooey apples on the bottom and then pour the batter over top.  It may need a few more minutes to be done for you.  
Either way, you can sprinkle it with powdered sugar and serve with buttermilk syrup.  Die very very happy!

Buttermilk Syrup
1 1/2 c sugar
3/4 c buttermilk
1/2 c butter
2 tbsp corn syrup
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract or maple extract or whatever you like (I actually usually leave it out as 
Vanilla is not my fave and I HATE maple flavoring)
Mix sugar, buttermilk, butter, corn syrup and soda in a LARGE pot (think spaghetti sauce or
soup pot) and bring to a boil.  Boil 5-7 minutes until golden.  Stir in flavoring, if using.  Pour
into a pitcher or bowl and cool to warm (I usually make it before I make the
pancakes/waffles/whatever and then just let it sit while I make them and it is good to go).
Seriously, you are going to want to lick this stuff up by the spoonful it is so good.  I have to
purposely put water in the pan after I cook it or else I will just scrape it all up and it eat!

Enjoy, my pretties.  A nice treat for the weekend, no?

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