I certainly love the idea of a nice, warm, fresh continental breakfast. And what better way to start your day with a stack of beautiful pancakes. Pancakes are my marvelous good mood food that use the most basic of ingredients. Their preparation takes a very little time, and they taste amazing!
When you’re having pancakes every other day, you tend to try out new and different variations.
Buttermilk pancakes, red velvet pancakes, pancakes with syrup (both readymade and homemade),
pancakes with chocolate, Nutella, and almost anything and everything I can lay my hands on, and
they’ve always turned out to be great.
Recently I tried a slightly healthier version of your basic pancakes. After some fruitful rummaging around my kitchen, I decided to make some apple cinnamon pancakes. I simply substituted some flour with oats, and served the pancakes with some caramelized apples. They were absolutely delicious. Their soft spongy texture, rich flavor, the beautiful golden brown crust, bound with the gorgeous flavor of cinnamon and apples made me fall head-over-heels in love with them. They became a new family favorite.
- 1 cup Flour
- 1⁄2 cup Oats
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp white sugar
- 1 1⁄4 cup Milk
- 1 Egg
- 3 tbsp Oil
- Caramelized Apples:
- 1 tbsp Margarine
- 2 Apples, peeled and chopped
- 1 tbsp Crystalized Sugar
- 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- Caramelized Apples : Melt the margarine in a saucepan and add apples, sugar and cinnamon and cook over low flame till soft.
- Pancakes : In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Make a well.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients. Mix the wet ingredients with the flour mixture to make a thick batter.
- Warm a non-stick frying pan on the stove and heat with about 1 tsp oil (for frying). Pour small ladleful of batter into the pan and allow to cook. You know they’re ready to turn when small bubbles start appearing on the surface.
Serving Tips and Suggestions :
- Serve them warm, in stacks of three topped with caramelized apples. We can also add some vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, and drizzle with some chocolate sauce.
- We can also apply some butter and honey/syrup in between layers
When you caramelize the apples, you are often left with some syrup which has a rich flavor of apple and cinnamon. You can also try adding this to the batter to get the apple-cinnamon flavor in the pancakes.
You can also store these pancakes sealed in a freezer for about a week or two, but the apples won’t last that long. All you have to do is pop them in a toaster before serving and have them with some butter and syrup. They’re not as great as a freshly cooked batch, but they’re awesome for busy weekday mornings.