"Old fashioned and fluffy cinnamon pancakes topped with fresh cuts of apple cooked in a cinnamon syrup glaze. A perfectly sweet breakfast!"
I’ve been trying to expand my cooking skills a little, which means looking beyond the mountains of desserts I already have on this site and rounding out my recipe repertoire.
And what says a springy, comfort-food-loving breakfast more than Pancakes?
The best part is that pancakes are totally “in” right now. Everyone and their dog walker’s sister seems to be clamoring for pancakes, and that’s totally fine by me – it gives me the perfect excuse to mark another item off my cooking bucket list, since I’ve never had the opportunity to make “homestyle” pancakes from scratch before.
You know, the super fluffy, thick, and doughy kind of pancakes that are ultra rich.
No watery, restaurant style pancakes here!
And even though I’m trying to branch out a bit from dessert recipes, these pancakes make it feel like I’m cheating, what with all those soft apple bites covered in a cinnamon syrup glaze. Are these apple cinnamon pancakes for breakfast, or are they actually a dessert in disguise? We may never know for sure, but I for one could have them any time of day and be perfectly content.
A funny story about these pancakes: While I was cooking them, a neighbor happened to call me. I was in the house by myself at the time, so I was more than willing to invite her over to partake in the pancake taste testing with me.
The only problem?
When I first set out to make the pancakes, I had only made a “single person” portion of the topping. I still made a full serving of the pancakes themselves, but that’s a food blogger thing – I always need to make sure I have extra batter, because extra batter means I get more tries at creating those picture-perfect pancakes.
And sometimes I need to try a lot.
So after all the food was cooked and the pictures were taken, we were just finishing up when my neighbor slyly asks, “So, for the recipe… is this all the apple topping that it makes?”
I laughed a little and assured her that the full recipe makes twice as much of the topping, and at that she smiled. “Oh good, because that topping is the best part.”
Oh, I agree.
I so totally agree.
Have you been feeling the pancake craze lately?
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
For the Apple Topping
- Prepare apples by pealing, removing the core, and cutting into small pieces.
- In a medium saucepan, add butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, syrup, and chopped up apples. Set heat to medium and cook for 3-6 minutes or until apples are soft, stirring occasionally.
- You can either set the heat to low or remove saucepan from heat and cover while preparing the pancakes.
For the Old Fashioned Pancakes
- In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cinnamon until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together milk, egg, and vanilla. Slowly pour in the cooled melted butter, vigorously whisking (so the heat of the butter does not cook the raw egg).
- Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, forming a smooth, fluffy batter.
- Spray a large pan with cooking spray and warm over medium heat.
- Scoop 1/4 cup of pancake batter into the pan, then use a spatula to gently spread the batter into a flat circle (about 4-5 inches wide). Cook pancake for 2-3 minutes or until bubbles appear along the sides. Flip the pancake and cook for another 1-2 minutes until golden brown.
- As pancakes are ready, garnish with apple topping and serve hot.