Imageindividual apple pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast meals.  reserved mostly for the holiday season, i like to serve these with warm maple syrup and powdered sugar. of course this recipe can be adjusted to include other ingredients, however; i prefer to make this one just as is, so the apples become the highlight of the meal.

i believe this recipe comes from a very old Betty Crocker cookbook from the seventies, that i no longer own.  over the years, i have adapted the recipe to fit my family of four, and even updated it at times to include egg beaters, rather than all eggs.  this one is a keeper and will work for you every time.  my only hint would be to make certain the ceramic baking dishes were coated with butter cooking spray or actual butter or margarine before baking the pancakes.

to make this recipe:  

preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  mix the following ingredients in a bowl:  four eggs or a combination of eggs and egg beaters, 3/4 flour, 3/4 cup milk, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  peel and slice two to three apples.  i usually use gala or honey crisp apples for their great flavor and texture.  i would choose an apple that is sweet rather than tart. the slices should be thin, so the apples cook through in the oven.

mix in a smaller bowl, 1/4 cup sugar with enough cinnamon to taste.

next, place the ceramic individual au gratin dishes into the oven with one to two tablespoons of margarine or butter in them.  allow the butter to melt, and remove from the oven, swirling the butter up the sides of the dishes.  arrange the sliced apples first in the dishes, and then evenly divide the batter on top of the apples.  sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar to taste.  return to the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until done.  

i bake the smaller dishes on one sheet pan, so they are easily transported in and out of the oven.  this recipe will make 4 au gratin dishes.  the pancakes could be served from these dishes, or they are easily plated on breakfast plates, with the use of a flat offset spatula.

contrast this recipe to another i have posted on this blog called Maine puffy pancakes.  those pancakes do not include apples, but are equally good.  enjoy !




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