Apple Fritter Pancakes

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I apologize to all of you not in Tofino for spring break this week for my incessant tweeting of non-snow covered beaches and fish and chips and ice cream. We were starving for something green, and so piled in the car and made the trek – it only took ten hours of driving west to find a patch of grass. And then to cross Vancouver Island to find this – the path leading to Florencia Bay on Long Beach.

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Totally worth setting aside the to-do list (which I’m certain is multiplying on its own in our absence) and making the road trip. If it makes you feel any better, a chilly southwesterly blew in last night and now it’s cold and wet and windy (but no less green and beautiful).

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I excused our trip not only because I felt it necessary to remind W that grass exists, but because many hours of boring book editing lie in wait for me to tackle – the perfect task for a dozen hours trapped in a moving car.

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Mostly we’ve been eating fish and chips, walking on beaches and through rainforests, stopping every morning (or afternoon) for good locally-roasted coffee and from-scratch beer-glazed doughnuts, and because it’s a week of Sundays, in the mornings W and I have been playing Monopoly, watching AFV (he’s hooked, and subsequently attempting to feign dramatic wipeouts and can Mike with soccer balls) and making pancakes.

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And because we brought an enormous bag of apples with us we’ve been slicing them thinly and dipping them in cinnamon-spiked pancake batter and then cooking them until golden and crisp, with a tender piece of apple in the middle. With maple syrup, natch.

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Apple Fritter Pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1 large egg
1 Tbsp. canola oil
2 tart apples

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs and oil; add to the dry ingredients and whisk just until combined.

Set a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat and drizzle it with oil, then swirl it to coat the pan. Turn the heat down to medium-low and wipe the pan out with a paper towel.

Cut the apples crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices; remove the middle core (if needed) with the tip of a sharp knife. Dip the apple slices into the pancake batter and place in the hot pan; cook, turning with a thin spatula, until golden on both sides. Repeat with remaining apples and batter.

If you need to keep the finished pancakes warm, keep them uncovered on a plate in a 250ºF oven. Serve warm, with butter and maple syrup.

Makes about 12-18 apple fritter pancakes.

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March 25 2014 08:49 pm | breakfast

10 Responses to “Apple Fritter Pancakes”

  1. Shauna on 25 Mar 2014 at 10:08 pm #

    Oh man.. This is so going to be my go-to pancake recipe from now on. What’s better than grated apple in pancakes? A whole darn slice of apple! I bet they’d be great with peaches in August too :)

  2. Julie on 25 Mar 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    Ooh.. great idea Shauna! Oh the potential!!

  3. Medeja on 26 Mar 2014 at 5:15 am #

    My mother used to make similar pancakes and I just adored them :)

  4. Andres H on 26 Mar 2014 at 9:29 am #

    That’s it!!! I’m leaving white snowy Edm right now and start driving west!
    Work can wait.;-)

  5. Dama on 26 Mar 2014 at 10:23 am #

    Holy Cow that’s a great idea!

  6. christine on 27 Mar 2014 at 6:57 am #

    I.Am.Jealous.Tofino.Ahhhhhh.

  7. Cynthia on 30 Mar 2014 at 8:59 am #

    Just made these before the kids woke up. Goin’ to eat them all before they wake up. They won’t know what they are missing, right? So Good!

  8. Rebecca Coleman on 02 Apr 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    Hey, Julie!

    I was the publicist for The Wellness Show where you recently made these, and I actually tasted them, so I can vouch for their deliciousness!

    I was also, oddly, just in Tofnio. Some days we were there overlapped. Where was your fave place to eat there? I’ve written a bunch of blog posts about the food there already, but I’m working on more… ;-)

    I loved Sobo so much! Chef Lisa is amazing. And the Spotted Bear.

  9. Delicious Europe Travels on 05 Apr 2014 at 9:13 am #

    That’s a great idea. I make pancake batter and then throw in frozen blueberries or fresh frozen peaches that I’ve freezer in the summer months and they are delicious. Cooked, warm fruit brings out a stronger taste of the fruit. But now I will try make my pancakes with apples. Perhaps I will add some cheddar cheese to it, or drizzle caramel sauce on top. Thanks for the great idea.

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