Is your family tired of your boring old pancake recipe? This recipe for Apple Spiced Pancakes will breathe new life into your breakfast recipe repertoire. Subtly flavored with apples, cinnamon and ginger, this recipe is a great autumnal twist on pancakes that the whole family will love.
Cooking seasonally is something that all of our grandparents and great grandparents tended to do. Recipes featuring peaches, berries, and melons were reserved for summer time, and those containing pumpkin, apples, and squash were prepared in the fall. It would have been unheard of for someone to try to make a recipe out of season, mostly because those items were only available at certain times of the year.
Peel, core and finely chop the apples. If you want, you can use a food processor or a grater to shred them. Set the apples aside.
In a large batter bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.
In a smaller bowl, crack the eggs and whisk them until they are bright yellow. Add the buttermilk, vanilla, and brown sugar. Whisk these together well.
Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and whisk just until blended. Stir in the apples and the nuts.
Heat your griddle to 375 degrees. Alternatively, you can heat a nonstick griddle or heavy, greased cast iron skillet over medium heat.
Scoop about ¼ cup of the batter onto the griddle or frying pan, spacing them about an inch apart. When the pancakes start to show bubbles on the top side, use a spatula to flip them over and cook them on the other side.
When the pancakes start to look brown around the edges, use a spatula to scrape them off of the pan or griddle and place them on a plate or covered casserole dish. Repeat until all of the batter is cooked. Keep the apple pancakes warm by covering them as you prepare the apple topping.
Peel, core, and slice the apples for the topping. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium low heat until it is bubbly and foamy.
Add the apples to the pan, stirring in the sugar and the cinnamon. When the mixture begins to bubble, turn the heat to low and put a lid on the skillet. Simmer the apples for about 5 to 10 minutes or until they are soft.
Now you can serve the pancakes. Put two or three pancakes on a plate and top with the apple slices, drizzling some of the sauce over the pancakes.
In modern living, due to the advances in transportation and globalization, one might find fresh melons and berries in the grocery stores in the dead of winter. Of course, they are never as good as ones grown nearby and picked fresh, but they are there if one wants to pay a higher price to have cantaloupe in January. However, over the years, many people have been beginning to ask themselves if this kind of eating is actually a good thing. It can be expensive to bring fresh summer vegetables from places like South America in the middle of winter, and the quality is not very good. Additionally, eating less delicious watermelon kind of spoils the excitement of finally getting a fresh, tasty one in mid June.People of past generations knew that humans needed traditions to mark the passage of time. Many of these traditions are related to food. The best apples are picked and eaten in the fall, and only eating apples in the fall makes the creation of apple-related recipes a way of celebrating the arrival of each season. People can observe this phenomenon first hand with the arrival of “Pumpkin Spice” season, when the coffee chain, Starbucks, begins selling their famous Pumpkin Spice Lattes at the beginning of September. People wait excitedly all year to taste their favorite drink and they are a bit sad when they disappear in November. The anticipation is part of the joy of seasonally related food items! This recipe for Apple Spiced Pancakes is a perfect one to mark the transition from summer to fall. Perhaps, as you create food related traditions for your family, you could have a rotation of pancake recipes that reflect what is good about that particular season. Maybe spring pancakes feature fresh strawberries or cherries. Summer pancakes could include blueberries and peaches. Fall pancakes might include pumpkin and apples. Winter pancakes could be the traditional version of pancakes with maple syrup. As you create this recipe with your family, consider ways to bring beautiful traditions and happy memories to your home. While food isn’t the most important thing in our families, it has a real impact on the general atmosphere in a household. The fragrance of cooking apples and cinnamon and the taste and texture of this recipe for Apple Spiced Pancakes could trigger happy memories for your children when they grow up.