Saturday, November 17, 2012

Spiced Antique Apple Pancake


I woke up craving for banana pancake with Nutella.
But of course, all the bananas have been eaten.
Most of our bananas end up turning brown here at my house,
but on the day you need it, there's none left.
Go Figure!
Looking at the fruit basket,
there are still some Antique Apples left from the Christmas Cove Farm
we visited up North.
The owner John "The Apple Man" Kilcherman,
a sweet, funny, soft spoken man,
grew these Antique Apples as a hobby 25 years ago,
 today this hobby grew from 10 varieties to 200 varieties of Antique apples.
John and his wife Phyllis owns the 85-acre Apple and Cherry orchard
at the Leelanau Peninsula about 4 miles north of the Village of Northport. 
What are Antique Apples?
They are different varieties of apples that were grown by the first settlers in America, 
which were brought in from foreign countries way back in the 1600's. 
Some of these apples are extremely rare.
Before this apples goes to waste,
why not make some apple and cinnamon pancake
using this delicious apples.
And this will be a great excuse to use my
Gold Medal winner Light Maple Syrup
that I stumbled upon in Canada.
Don't ask me the brand name of the maple syrup, there's no name just that logo
in front of the bottle, the paper that came with it, 
Taz manage to rip it off
a while ago. 
This is one happy accident recipe.
Everyone loved it.
Aiden had seconds and I didn't hear any comments from my 12 year old picky eater.
No comment means ... the pancake was good.

1 cup English Golden Russet & Ozark Gold apples, shredded
1/4 sugar
1/2 tbsp ground Saigon cinnamon
Basic Pancake Batter:
     2 cups  all-purposed flour, spooned and leveled
     4 tbsp(s) sugar
     2 tsp(s) baking powder
     1 tsp salt
     2 cups milk
     2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
     2 large eggs
     2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • In a medium bowl, mix shredded apples, cinnamon and sugar. Blend well.
  • In small skillet cook apple mixture for about 5 minutes until apples are soft. Set aside.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together milk, butter, and vegetable oil. 
  • Add all dry ingredients to milk mixture, stir until large lumps disappear.
  • Let stand for 1-2 minutes.
  • Heat lightly greased skillet over medium-low heat.
  • Pour slightly less than 1/4 cup batter for each pancake.
  • Sprinkle the apple cinnamon mixture on top of pancake batter.
  • Turn when pancakes bubble and bottoms are golden brown.

  • For soft fluffy pancakes, avoid over mixing and avoid turning them more than once.
  • Do not put apple mixture first on the skillet and pouring batter over it, this will cause your apple mixture to burn and this will not give you the perfect round shape you want.
  • If you don't want to fuss with the pancake batter and just want to use a boxed pancake mix, I suggest Aunt Jemima Original. I have tried all pancake mixes and Aunt Jemima delivered. ;)
  • Serves 8


  1. This looks perfect!
    I can never make my pancakes look like this.
    I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog.
    Beautiful photos.

    1. Thanks Anna!
      I'm so happy you found The Red apron too.
      If there's any recipe you need just let me know and I'll
      find the best one for ya!

  2. Beautiful pancakes and it's a weekend morning, everyone is still snoozing...... why not wake them up with a waft of these babies?

    Great idea, thanks :)

    1. My daughter was looking for the leftovers I froze yesterday.
      I'm sure as soon as they smell your pancakes, they'll be all congregating at your kitchen.
      Have a fun weekend!

  3. I love to put applesauce on my pancakes so I know I would love your apple pancakes. So delicious!

    1. I may just have to try the applesauce too!
      Sounds delicious.
      I love that with this recipe you don't even need the mapple syrup,
      you can just have the pancake as it is.

  4. They look so delicious, Ghie! I should try this when we make pancakes! What a lovely idea. By the way, we know someone in common - Filipina lawyer from CA who knows you - her name escapes me right now - is it Grace or Rowena? Hmmm. I attended a legal seminar with her last month in CA. Small world, isn't it?

    1. Oh gosh Abby!
      It's my friend Rita. She's a Beverly Hills Lawyer.
      A darn good one!
      Rita is a good cook too.
      Small world.

  5. These pancakes look absolutely delicious! And the apple makes such a lovely touch!

    You have a gorgous blog and as fellow foodies, we can't wait for your next delicious installment. New follower here!

    Have a lovely week,

    Chloe & Sarah

    1. Thank you for joining Chloe & Sarah.
      I am off to your blog now.
      Have a great Thanksgiving week!

  6. Hi, thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment. This has lead me to your fabulous looking blog. So many new recipes for me to try out and love the beautiful clicks. And thanks to you, my family had this delicious spiced apple pancake for our Thanksgiving breakfast today :) Not exactly the same type of apples and pancake recipe but the inspiration definitely came from yours :) Thank you, thank you! Following you now!


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