I'm usually aching to start the Christmas season early in October, however here in Gwangju the Fall weather just set in last week, and the only hint of Christmas you'll find is at Starbucks (yes, they sell Christmas drinks here as well, much to my delight!). I'm still in "Fall recipe" mode, although I will admit I listened to some Christmas music while I was making these incredible pancakes. While these pancakes scream "Autumn" with the apples-cinnamon combination, they would truly be good any time of the year. Simple, healthy ingredients make this a hearty breakfast that will keep you full for a good while.
Combine these pancakes with the warm maple syrup infused with vanilla and cinnamon, and you've got a breakfast that will have your family running to the table! To whip these babies up, grab the following ingredients:
For the pancakes:
1 cup whole wheat or white whole wheat flour
1 cup milk
1 medium apple, chopped in small pieces
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon butter, melted
2 teaspoons baking powder
For the maple syrup:
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chop up your apple into small pieces, and add in your vanilla extract and cinnamon. You can also throw in some cloves, nutmeg, or allspice if you wish! Mix up the apples until they are well coated, and set them aside.
Put the other ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until well-combined. Gently mix in the apples while you heat up a non-stick frying pan. I like to add a spot of butter in the pan, but it's not neccessary. One of my biggest mistakes is turning up the heat too high on the frying pan, therefore scorching my pancakes. I've found the best way to get perfect pancakes is to slowly heat the pan over medium heat, and then after the first couple of pancakes I drop the heat again since the pan has gotten pleanty hot by this time.
Don't mind the barley in the background. I cooked some up this morning for the awesome fall salad we're going to have tomorrow!
You'll know the pancake is ready to flip when there are a lot of bubbles on top, and you can firmly get your spatula underneath of it. Flip it, and let it cook for a couple more minutes. I wish I could give you an exact time frame, but it all depends on the kind of flour you use, how hot your pan is, and what type of stove you have. This batch of pancakes should make about 4 medium pancakes, more if you make them smaller. Since they have apple and are made with whole wheat flour, these things are incredible filling! As soon as they are finished, set them aside and whip up your maple syrup, which will only take about 2 minutes! I let some butter melt on my pancakes while I fixed the syrup.
In the same pan you cooked the pancakes in, turn off the heat and pour in your maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon. Turn the heat on to medium and whisk consistently for 2 minutes.
Pour over your warm pancakes, and dig in!
What are your favorite things to add to pancakes?
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