October 13, 2014

Apple ring pancakes

Serving plate of apple ring pancakes.

I warned you that apple recipes would be coming since we recently picked a bushel. I canned a few batches of applesauce and we've been eating them with our lunch every day, but it still leaves plenty for cooking with as well. One thing I've been waiting for apple season to make is these apple ring pancakes. 

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I got the idea from my Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook (which I love - there's been a free e-cookbook on Amazon for a while now. I have two different print versions and this one may be different as well). 

However, this recipe was for deep-fried apple fritter rings and while that sounds delicious, it wasn't quite what I wanted for breakfast. So, I decided to dip them in a spiced pancake batter instead. Served with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon, some real maple syrup, and a couple breakfast sausages made these a perfect weekend breakfast. 

I must say that these three turned out the nicest, that's why they are in the photo. Most of them were a little messier, but they were still delicious!

Pouring maple syrup onto apple ring pancakes.

Apple ring pancakes
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 large egg
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for cooking
2 large apples, cored and cut into 1/4-inch thick rings (I used one tart apple and one sweet apple)

Whisk together the flour through salt in a bowl until combined. Whisk together to egg through butter in another bowl until well-combined. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined.

Heat a griddle or cast iron skillet until hot. Lightly butter the hot pan.

Dip the apple rings into the batter coating both sides. Let any excess drip off **. Place onto the hot skillet. Flip when the batter begins to bubble and the first side is golden. Cook until the second side is golden and repeat until all the apple rings and/or batter is gone. 

Fork cutting apple ring pancakes.

**If you have trouble with the batter sticking to the apples (this may happen with some juicier apples), dip the rings in some plain flour first.


  1. I just got some delicious honey crisp apples at the grocery store. They would be perfect for these pancakes!!

  2. What a wonderful idea, I love apples and I love what you have done to them here :)

  3. These pancakes must taste amazing! What a great idea to dip apple slices in pancake batter.

  4. Oh how cute! I love the idea of making it with actual apples instead of just infusing the flavor into a batter.

  5. very creative and what a great way to use apples! :)

  6. This is kind of like an apple pie in a pancake. I love the idea.

  7. What a great idea - I love the apple rings in pancakes - a great way to get your fruit and carbs too!

  8. These look fantastic. I would love some for breakfast.

  9. Such a delicious and comforting breakfast idea!

  10. Wow! These pancakes looks perfect for me!

  11. These are so up my street! I know what the apples I have are being used for now!

  12. Amy:
    What a great idea! Usually fruit tops pancakes but in this case, the pancakes cover the apple rings... The contrast between the soft pancake and the crunchy apple ring is one more reason to have several of these.

  13. This is such a great idea! They look very delicious, Amy.

  14. Love the idea of these -- the apples add such nice structure to the pancakes. Not to mention flavor. ;-) Good recipe -- thanks.

  15. Oh Amy, what a great and creative idea of dipping the apple in the pancake batter...I will sure try this out next time making pancakes...
    Have a wonderful week :D

  16. How clever and I think perfect for a treat for kids when they get home from school!

  17. Yum! I can't get enough of cooking with apples at the moment - this is a great way to use them and even better that they don't need to be deep-fried :)

  18. I made them! Now they are my son's favorites. However I could not get the dough/cooked batter to stick to the appels after cooking them, specially after putting the syrup. Do you think maybe putting the raw apples on flour and then dipping it in the batter will make the trick? (Isa Hannes)

    1. Sorry to hear you had problems with the batter sticking. Maybe it's the type of apple?? I think that dipping them in flour first would definitely help when having that issue.

  19. Oooo, I keep meaning to make these but tend to forget about them. Your spiced batter sounds wonderful. Adding it onto the weekend To Do list!


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