I recently bought a box of apples at the grocery store because, well, I like apples. But after getting said box of apples, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with them. I’ve eaten some with sliced cheese as a healthy lunch and/or snack, but that just wasn’t doing it for me. I wanted to cook and bake with them too, which reminded me of a recipe I’d seen a while ago for cooking slices of apple into pancakes. So one Saturday morning, having a little extra time to spare for breakfast prep, I decided to try the recipe. And it was DELICIOUS! If you love apples, you’re going to love apple pancake rings!
Apple Pancake Rings
Yields approximately 10 pancakes
2 medium apples
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3 1/2 tbsp. (50 grams) butter, melted
cinnamon for sprinkling
Start by washing and slicing your apples into rings. I sliced mine about a 1/4″ thick, and used a small, circular cookie cutter to punch out the center of eat ring. Set the apple rings aside and begin prepping your batter. At this point, I like to grease and set my skillet to a medium heat so it’s nice and hot by the time the pancakes are ready. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract, egg, and milk. Beat with an electric mixer or whisk by hand until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Add the flour and mix until there are no longer any lumps. The batter should be nice and thick so that it’ll stick well to the apples.
Prepared apples and pancake batter
One ring at a time, drop the apple rings into the batter and coat each side generously with batter. I used a toothpick to spear them out of the batter and into the skillet, and a small spoonful of batter to cover the hole in the middle. While the pancakes are still raw on top, sprinkle them with a little cinnamon. Cook until each side is golden brown, and light pressure from your spatula does not result in any uncooked batter leaking out. I found it took about 3-5 minutes on each side for the pancakes to be thoroughly cooked. Serve with maple syrup or eat plain!
Adapted from Cannella Vita