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apple pancakes

(5 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
David Reeves
Collierville, TN

Based on Memphis chef Shelley Baltz's "The Best Pancakes," my version sautees the apples in butter and cider and then adds them to the batter. With or without the apples, these are my "go-to" pancakes. (If you omit the apples, also omit the cider). I have tried a hundred different pancake recipes and I always return to this one. Light and fluffy, they are quite delicious eaten by themselves without any topping. When I fixed these for a friend recently, he called them "sublime!" See if you don't agree.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

These are fabulous buttermilk pancakes before the other ingredients that make them extra special. There are bits of apples every bite. When you smear the cinnamon sugar butter on top, it's almost like eating an apple pie! Quite the treat for breakfast.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(5 ratings)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For apple pancakes

  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c
  • 2 1/4 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
    Kosher salt
  • 2
    eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 c
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c
    unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 Tbsp
    hard apple cider
  • 2
    Gala apples, peeled and small diced
  • 1/2 c
    unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 pinch
    Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon

How To Make apple pancakes

  • Cooking apples in butter and cider.
    Prepare apples and cook in the butter and cider in a non-stick skillet until tender. Allow to cool slightly.
  • Dry ingredients added to the bowl.
    While apples are cooking, mix together the dry ingredients.
  • Wet ingredients added to a bowl.
    Mix together the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla in a large bowl.
  • Cooled apples added to the wet mixture.
    Add the cooled apple mixture to the wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Dry ingredients added to the wet ingredients.
    Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until just incorporated.
  • Cooking the pancakes.
    Pour desired pancake size onto a hot griddle or pan and flip once bubbles start to form all over the pancake.
  • Piece cut out of Apple Pancakes with a brown sugar cinnamon butter on top.
    Serve with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butter and/or warm maple syrup.