Monday, September 10, 2012

Puffy Oven Apple Pancake

It's time once again for my monthly Secret Recipe Club post!

This month I had the pleasure of checking out The Double Dipped Life, which belongs to Krista alllll the way in Utah.  I had a great time looking through the recipes on Krista's blog. Maybe I was just really hungry this month.  That wouldn't be unheard of.

I was torn between making Mexican Street Corn or the Puffy Oven Apple Pancake.  I really just want to make it all! But there are only so many hours in a day and I can only eat so much.  In the end, I chose to make the puffy oven apple pancake.  I'm really excited about this decision for several reasons.  Want to hear them?  Here we go...

1) Shut up that this recipe is from Betty Crocker.  The Betty Crocker Cookbook is one of the first cookbooks I remember leafing through.  Ever.  My mom had an old cookbook that my sister and I would use when pretending to serve in our very own restaurant, complete with paper food cutouts that we made ourselves.

2) Hellooooo! Fall recipe!  Between the apple and the spices, I'm not sure what exactly I was more into.  Maybe the apple.  No wait, maybe the spices?  Oh hold up, brown sugar's in here too?

3) Can I get an amen for breakfast as lunch/dinner?  I love breakfast dishes but I don't love eating a meal early in the morning.  Of course, I then spend the day trying to squeeze breakfast into my other meals.

4) Finally, this recipe was laid back and easy. Just my style.  It took no time to whip together all the ingredients and produce this huge, tasty pancake.

Puffy Oven Apple Pancake
very slightly adapted from The Double Dipped Life
makes 1-4 servings

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup diced apples, peeled or unpeeled (equates to about 1 medium apple)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Place the butter in a pie dish, and place it in the oven to melt for about a minute.  Once the butter is melted, use a pastry brush to brush the butter up the sides of the dish.

2) Sprinkle the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg on the bottom of the pie dish.

3) Place the apples on top of the sugar and spices.

4) In a medium bowl, beat the eggs lightly.

5) Add in the flour, milk, and salt.  Stir until just combined.  Don't mind the lumps you see.  This is OK!

6) Slowly pour the batter on top of the apples.

7) Put the dish in the oven and bake for ~30 minutes, or until the edges are browned and puffy.

8) Remove the dish from the oven and immediately run a spatula around the edges to loosen the pancake.  Flip the pancake onto a plate.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar, or serve with maple syrup or whipped cream.

This pancake seriously reminded me of the french toast I made growing up.  My sister and I would make a brown sugar and cinnamon topping to sprinkle over freshly made french toast.  The biggest difference was that this "french toast" has apples in it.  The sweet and spicy pancake is nicely balanced by the crisp, fresh apples.  This is not a heavy meal, which I love because that means I can eat all of it by myself and not feel too guilty.  Not that I would do anything like that.


  1. I adore oven pancakes but haven't made an apple one in ages, I know what I'll be making very soon.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group 'A' SRC entry: Fried Green Tomatoes.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  2. For me, the apples make all the difference. When I make pancakes, I usually add them. These look scrumptious.

    1. I agree. I've been loving apples lately, which is quite fortunate for me, as it's just about Fall now!

  3. woah! That looks amazing, must have to try that with our recent apples from the orchard. Hope you stop by and visit my funnel cake post as well!

    1. Thanks! I'll make sure to check out your post as well.

  4. I have never made oven pancakes before, so that's reason enough for me to want to try this, but add in all the apples and fall flavors? YUM!! Love it!!

    1. This was my very first oven pancake as well. It was so tasty!

  5. Thank you!! I had to bow out of src this month as we are moving this week, and I totally forgot that someone would be doing my blog! So, thank you for the kind words! That Betty Crocker cookbook? It was my very first cookbook too! Thanks again!

  6. Our friends have just given us a bag of apples from their garden so I'm thinking of making this tonight. I love the combination of apple and cinnamon.

  7. Awesome--I used to love flipping through my mom's old Betty Crocker cookbook. This looks great and I'm pinning for a fall brunch!

  8. I just pinned your awesome recipe! Thanks for sharing and have a great day.
    Miz Helen

  9. I did make this and it was delicious. I had run out of cinnamon and had to use mixed spice though! I've just written about it on my blog too.