apple pancake

apple pancake // loveandlemons.com

My sister and I used to beg my mom for things like Fruity Pebbles and Frosted Flakes. She didn’t cave often, but I remember the few times she did… she’d sigh and say “If I buy this, are you really going to eat it this time?” We’d smile and nod, excited to be taking home the same colorful boxes our friends had.

We’d each eat maybe one bowl full. Then up in the pantry it would go… to collect dust and then ultimately get tossed in the next pantry clean-out. The smiling kids on Saturday morning commercials would convince us to beg again… and we’d try SO hard to like the stuff. But sugary soggy flakes and blue milk were not for us.

Especially when homemade muffins, pancakes, eggs, doughnuts, and this german(ish) apple pancake were all part of our regular breakfast rotation.

apple pancake // loveandlemons.com

This was a staple of our childhood and my mom still makes it every time she visits.

Apples, brown sugar and cinnamon get softened in a pan with butter, and an egg mixture gets poured on top. The thin egg layer and pillowy apples create more of a custard-like texture than a traditional doughy pancake.

Bake until it puffs up and serve hot slices right out of the pan.

(the photo above is of a 5-inch mini skillet, but the recipe makes enough to fill approx a 12 or 13-inch skillet. Use either a seasoned cast iron skillet, or a non-stick pan).

apple pancake

Yield: serves 2-3

apple pancake

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter (or vegan earth balance)
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 2 tablespoons flour (any kind: white, wheat, spelt*, or a gluten-free blend)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Whisk together eggs and milk.
  4. Mix together flour and baking powder and stir it into the egg/milk mixture.
  5. In a skillet, heat butter, add the apple slices and 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar mixture and cook, stirring, until soft. About 5 minutes.
  6. Pour the batter over the apples and sprinkle the remaining brown sugar on top.
  7. Bake until it puffs up, about 18-20 minutes.
  8. Dust with a little powdered sugar.

Notes

*note: spelt flour is not gluten free.

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77 comments

  1. I love the minimal amount of flour in this! I can see where you get your cooking style. :)

  2. You had me at pancake. I’m a sucker for all things breakfast. Adding this to the “to-make” list.

  3. This is like an excerpt straight out of my upbringing! My mom would also refuse the sugary, colorful cereals but would cave once a year. Love making these on the weekends for my kids. There’s something about the puff and immediate deflate that captivates them. :)

  4. Ana from ourhouseinthevalley.cm on said:

    Looks delicious!! Can’t wait to try it.

  5. Kathryn from londonbakes.com on said:

    This sounds perfect – I love the combination of fluffy pancake and sweet apples.

  6. Vicki from itssooofluffy.com on said:

    Ohmygoshhhh that looks good!

  7. Ashley from edibleperspective.com on said:

    Definitely will be giving this a try with buckwheat flour and probably devouring the entire thing by myself. :)

  8. This looks delightful! Do you have any tips for those of us who don’t own a cast iron skillet?

    Many Thanks,
    Ashley

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      The cast iron skillet isn’t necessary, a non-stick pan works too.

  9. Yum! My husband loved those sugary cereals. I was never allowed to have them, we were strictly a Cheerios and Chex family. I never really craved them but I definitley felt like I missed out on the phenomenon. My dad was the expert pancake maker in our house. Blueberry was his specialty. I love making pancakes on the weekend. I cannot wait to try this big guy!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Same here, the only ones we had were Cheerios and Raisin Bran :)

  10. Lindsey from dollyandoatmeal.com on said:

    i have been working on a vegan and gluten free skillet cake. however, your pancake recipe sounds amazing as well!

  11. You were lucky kids having those sort of breakfasts in rotation!!! Love making baked pancakes sans the eggs though as I’m vegan. Yours looks gorgeous as always!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      this one is very much about the eggs :) I’ll have to go check out your recipe for a vegan variation…

  12. I am going to make this Sunday morning. I can’t wait! Once again, I love how simple yet elegant your recipes are. And of course, I love that they use whole natural foods and whole meal flours. So awesome! I look forward to each new post you have every week. Thanks!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      thanks Alise!

  13. ileana from alittlesaffron.com on said:

    This sounds so delicious! A friend is having us over soon to teach us how to make Dutch babies. I think I need to return the favor by serving up this apple pancake next time. :)

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      ooh sounds like a fun friend :)

  14. Yvonne from dailydeliberations.com on said:

    Since going wheat and dairy free, I have been looking for a recipe for an apple pancake to replace the one we used to love. This is it! I’m so excited to try this – my husband will be so excited!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Yvonne, I hear you… I’m always looking for ways to replace dairy, hope you like it!

  15. Yum. This looks so perfect. I have a couple of Bosc pears peaking out of my fruit bowl that would be lovely paired up with apples in this. Saturday is sounding better and better the more I think about this pancake!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      thanks Sara! Sounds delicious with pears… hope you like!

  16. sandra from meadowscooks.blogspot.com on said:

    I love the addition of apples to this German pancake recipe. I also love that it is made in the skillet in the oven.

  17. sara forte from sproutedkitchen.com on said:

    such a cute memory, what a testament to your mom! This looks so pretty. We are into waffles lately, but this looks like something that could feed a few more in a larger skillet. Looks great, my dear!

  18. I certainly wouldn’t be eating crazy cereal, when I can be having pancakes like this one! Looks fabulous.

  19. Maria from twopeasandtheirpod.com on said:

    I am coming over for breakfast!

  20. We don’t have quite as many colourful breakfast cereals over here but anything that turns your milk an unnatural colour can’t be good for you! This pancake looks amazing, I can’t wait to try :)

  21. Erika from thepancakeprincess.com on said:

    Wow! If this had been in my breakfast routine growing up, life would have been MUCH different. I.e. my breakfast fixation probably would have begun long before age 19! I’m really curious to see if someone will somehow come up with an egg-less version of this someday (not sure how that would work), but in the meantime, this looks absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try it out.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      thanks :) Yep, this is totally more egg than “pancake” (especially this recipe – sometimes we don’t even use the flour).

  22. Isabelle from headredandblondi.blogspot.com on said:

    Wow, this sounds really good :-). I have made a lot of these before and I LOVE the apple idea… mmm, mmm, mmm!! ;-)

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  24. julia from beautyandsomebeef.com on said:

    Hello!?! This is not normal, it looks INCREDIBLE! YUM!
    Can’t wait to try it out, your suchoke and brussels are on my menu tonight! x

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      oh I hope you like both!

  25. Beth from blog.lulalouise.com on said:

    My family had a tradition of making these except without the apples. We ate ours with blueberries cooked on the stove until they were runny and syrupy. My favorite thing to eat ever.

  26. Sian Therese on said:

    My brothers and I were also never allowed the colourful sugary cereals, they were a very occasional treat. I’m in Australia so Weet Bix was our regular cereal! Mum and dad had a great rotation of pancakes, french toast, eggs many ways on Sundays for us.

    This looks delicious. I pin so many of your recipes and am slowly making my way through them. Next on my list is the chocolate cupcakes with avocado – the combination intrigues me and I simply must try it. Your photos are delightful!

  27. What a delicious looking pancake! I’m going to try it out his weekend! Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Love your blog :)

  28. Abigail on said:

    Is there a way to heat up this properly for later?

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Abigail,

      I don’t think this one would be as good later as it is straight out of the oven. I imagine it would get pretty flat and soggy.

  29. michelle from lovely-little-things.blogspot.com on said:

    Can’t go wrong with apples & pancakes, yum!!

  30. Kasey from turntablekitchen.com on said:

    Oy, I dread the days when my daughter will beg me to buy sugary breakfast cereals – I hope she’ll appreciate my baking as much as you clearly appreciated your mom’s :)

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  32. Courtney Jones from thefigtree.blogspot.com on said:

    Awe, this reminds of a recipe my mom always used to make for us kid. So delicious. Apples and cinnamon are really the best combination ever. Gorgeous photos! I love how all of your photos are always so bright and cheerful.

  33. Rita from qbnsalsa.com on said:

    Beautiful pictures! And, this particular recipe looks divine! I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for the inspiration.

  34. shannon on said:

    just made this for sunday morning, so easy and wham! it was gone. i’m always looking for healthful egg dishes as our chicken girls are busy busy, and i got to thinking you could do this in a savory way too. love your blog and ideas, thanks so much

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      thanks Shannon, glad you liked it! It disappears quickly in our house too :)

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  36. Betty Bake from bettybake.co.za on said:

    I have made this twice already from your recipe – and it is so very delicious and lovely – made it for dessert after supper :)
    lovely!!! delicious!!! well done!!!

    I actually enjoy eating the leftovers cold for breakfast from the fridge – the flavours as just as good if not better!!!

    thank you for this recipe
    B

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      I’m so glad you like it as much as we do!

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  39. Diane on said:

    I am vegan what would you use in this recipe for the three eggs, please?

    Diane

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Diane,

      This one is really all about the eggs, I don’t think I can offer a direct substitution… the whole recipe would really have to be re-thought. But stay tuned, I have some great vegan pancake and french toast recipes coming up!

  40. Ashley W on said:

    This looks delicious. What kind of apples do you recommend using?

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      hmm… my mom usually gets whatever is on sale so I’m sure I’ve eaten this with many types :). I think it’s pretty flexible, I personally would choose ones that are more sweet than tart.

  41. Ruth on said:

    My mom would make this for breakfast all the time when I was growing up. The only thing we would do different was squeeze fresh lemon juice on the top right before eating.
    Thanks for sharing! I have been looking for a recipe to make apple pancakes for years since my mom can’t remember how she made hers.
    As for eating it cold; it tastes almost as good just a little squishy.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      you’re welcome, hope our version brings back the same memories :)

  42. Brittany on said:

    How do you know whether your skillet is able to be put in oven ?

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Most skillets can be put in the oven (especially cast iron).

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  49. Chris on said:

    This was amazing!!! Slicing the apples on my mandolin make that one step easy, but I did have an “oops.” I neglected to peel the apples. Nonetheless, it turned out delicious! Thanks for sharing. It was quick, easy, and amazing.

    • Chris on said:

      And we never had the “sugary” cereals growing up either. My son begs and begs for them, but even though “eating healthy” has never been one of my strengths, I just can’t see starting the morning with sugar and food coloring!

  50. Aurelia from modernwomans.blogspot.com on said:

    Oh wow this looks so good! I’m pinning it now and will definitely be trying it out, thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  51. Tammy on said:

    Not sure what I did as I followed the recipe and ended up with something more like an apple omelette than a pancake….. :(

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Tammy, it’s not really supposed to be like traditional pancakes – it’s more of an eggy crepe…

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  53. Joy on said:

    This recipe looks so beautiful. Just a question, not sure if I’m just overlooking it, but where does the other one tbl of butter go?

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      thanks! The butter isn’t divided – it cooks with the apples. It’s the brown sugar is divided between steps 5 & 6. Does that help?

  54. Karishma from tangandspice.com on said:

    I just tried out this recipe and it was delicious! I loved the egginess of it – was not expecting that haha. I wanted to let you know I featured the link to your recipe on my website.

    Thanks!

  55. Samantha on said:

    Hi! I have a quick question. Could I make this without eggs? Or do you know of any kind of substitute? Thanks!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Samantha – this one is really all about the eggs so I wouldn’t recommend substituting them (it’s more custard-y than it is a traditional fluffy pancake). I’m working on some vegan pancake recipes though – stay tuned!

  56. Laurie from love-laurie.com on said:

    I made this recipe over the weekend and it was absolutely delicious!!! I featured it on my blog today: http://www.love-laurie.com/2014/10/spiced-apple-puffed-skillet-pancake.html

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