Truth be told, breakfast isn’t my favorite. If you wake up starving, you don’t want to spend an hour cooking before you eat. Not to mention I’m not crazy about sweets in the morning, even though Scott loves nothing more than dessert for breakfast. Usually it’s quick and easy eggs for me on the weekend, or even some leftovers from the previous night’s dinner.
But then Scott is all like, “Can we have pancakes???” and how can I say no? And then he says, “How about apple-cinnamon pancakes?!” and I start to think, yeah, I can get on board with that. So I break out the cast-iron griddle and the butter and the whisk and a few minutes later I have batter ready to go.
Chop up an apple, melt some butter and bam! It’s like autumn for breakfast. A drizzle of buttery, cinnamon-maple syrup and you’re set.
Apple-Cinnamon PancakesTime: About 30 minutes. Makes about 8-10 six-inch pancakes. More than enough for 2 hungry adults…or just exactly enough.
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour
- 2 tsp Sucanat (optional)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup milk + 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, or 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1 apple, chopped into small pieces
- If using milk and vinegar, combine to curdle for about 10 minutes while you mix together the other ingredients. Preheat a griddle or large frying pan.
- Whisk together all the dry ingredients.
- Beat the egg and add to the milk. Slowly pour into the flour mixture, whisking as you pour. Whisk just enough to combine, don’t worry about a few lumps.
- Let the batter rest for about 5 minutes while you chop up the apple.
- Grease your pan with some butter. Pour on batter slowly til the pancakes are the desired size. Add some of the apple bits to the pancakes.
- Let cook for a few minutes, until bubbles appear. Flip and cook a few more minutes on the other side.
- To make cinnamon syrup: Combine 1/4 cup maple syrup, 2 tbsp butter and 1/2 tsp cinnamon in a microwave-safe dish (I used a small coffee mug). Microwave about 45 seconds, til butter melts and syrup is warm. Pour over pancakes and enjoy!