The other day, I spent a few hours at Chapters looking through their cookbooks.
I’ve been trying to find a guide to teach me how to cook, rather than hand me recipes. I don’t like the recipes found in most books because they tend to call for a bunch of expensive ingredients I’d only ever use the once. This just doesn’t work for me. I’d much rather the ability to look at what I have on hand, and figure out from there how I can combine them to produce something edible.
The exception for me has been baking and grandmother recipe books, which tend to reconstitute the same few set of ingredients in imaginative and delicious new ways. If you dear reader have any recommendations on good learning materials, I would love to hear them. Tina suggested the cooking show Good Eats with Alton Brown, which I’m absolutely loving.
Anyways, back at Chapters. I was paging through a bunch of books and stumbled on a really neat recipe idea: apple pie pancakes. So I promptly took a photo of the page with my phone and went home to give it a shot.
It did not turn all that well. It was supposed to be a pancake with apple pie filling on top, but I ended up with it all mixed up together. The way they did it in the book was to cook it all in a single pan, so I decided to rework the recipe and use two pans.
I wrote directions for myself and tried it again this morning. Much better: delicious and pleasing to the eye. I’ve included them below, but can be summed up as made apple pie filling, dumped it on a pancake.
Apple Pie Pancakes RECIPE
This makes two servings. Approximately 450 calories per serving.
Summary: First, we’ll prepare two bowls worth of stuff. One bowl will contain the apple slices, the other, the pancake batter. We’ll then dump the contents of these bowls into separate pans and allow them to cook. Once the contents of both pans are cooked, we’ll combine the two on a dish and serve.
- 1 Apple
- 1 Egg
- 1/4 Cup Milk
- 1/4 Cup Flour
- 4 Tbsp Butter
- 2 Tbsp Sugar
- 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
Apple Slice Bowl: Take two tablespoons of sugar and put it in the bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and mix it well with the sugar. Peel an apple and cut it into slices, then throw the slices in the bowl. Mix the apple slices with the cinnamon sugar concoction so that all the slices get coated.
Batter Bowl: Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the bowl. Microwave the bowl for 15 seconds to melt it. Add the 1/4 cup of flour, and mix it with the butter until it forms a paste. Add the egg and mix it until it’s a single consistency. Add the milk and mix it again until it’s uniform.
Pan #1: Put the pan on medium-low. Add 1.5 tablespoons of butter, and wait for it to melt and bubble. Then add the apple slice mix including any cinnamon sugar left in the bowl. Stir and flip the slices occasionally.
Pan #2: Once the first pan has been cooking with the apple slices for a few minutes, set the element for the second pan to medium-high. Add 1/2 a tablespoon of butter on the pan, and move it around to coat the entire surface. Wait a few minutes for it to melt and bubble, then add half the batter. Wait for it to solidify, then flip it. Take it out and put it on a plate when it becomes golden with brown spots on top. Add the second half of the batter and repeat.
Finishing Touches: Add the apple mix to the top of the pancakes and serve.