Throughout history, people of all nationalities have made pancakes in some form or other.  The French make crepes, which are thin pancakes from which many dishes, sweet and savory, are prepared.  Potato pancakes or latkes were concocted by the Jews.  East Indian people make flatbreads that resemble pancakes, and Mexicans make tortillas.  Pancakes are great for breakfast or brunch or anytime!

A pancake is a flat cake, usually round (although some people make fancy ones in cookie cutter shapes) that is prepared from a starch-based batter that usually contains eggs, milk and butter as well as a variety of other ingredients such as fruit and nuts.   Pancakes are cooked in frying pans or on griddles normally but one popular pancake is baked in the oven.

The baked pancake I’m referring to is none other than a German Apple Pancake. Apples slices are placed on the bottom of an ovenproof skillet, the batter is poured over the apples, and the skillet is placed in the oven to bake.  The pancake is slid onto a serving platter and cut into wedges and dusted with powdered sugar.  

German Apple Pancakes are so delicious!  Here’s the recipe:

German Apple Pancake
Serves 4
A wonderful baked pancake with apples, dusted with powdered sugar before serving. A great dish for fall!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 eggs
  2. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1 tablespoon sugar
  5. 1 pinch salt
  6. 1 cup milk
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  9. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  10. 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  11. 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  12. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  13. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  14. 1 large tart apple, peeled, cored and sliced
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, blend eggs, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Gradually mix in milk, stirring constantly. Add vanilla, melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Let batter stand for 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. Melt butter in a 10" ovenproof skillet, brushing butter up on the sides of the pan. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Sprinkle mixture over the butter.
  4. Line the skillet with apple slices. Sprinkle remaining sugar over apples.
  5. Place pan over medium-high heat until the mixture bubbles; then gently pour the batter over the apples.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F. and bake for 10 minutes more.
  7. Slide pancake onto a serving platter and cut into wedges.
  8. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Don't forget to plan ahead as the batter needs to sit for 30 minutes. It can be made the night before and placed in the refrigerator overnight.
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 French toast is a dish made of bread soaked in a mixture of beaten eggs, milk and other flavorings and then fried. I personally like to make French toast from French bread but any bread can be used.  The following recipe for Fabulous French Toast is wonderful because the sugar on the outside of the bread caramelizes during the cooking process.  

Both of these recipes are great for breakfast and brunch but both are also superb for supper or anytime!

Flavor intensifiers in these recipes are vanilla extract, as well as cinnamon and nutmeg.  Maple syrup also adds a delightful flavor to both meals.

Fabulous French Toast
Serves 2
A great recipe for French toast - the sugar on the outside of the bread caramelizes during cooking to make this recipe live up to its name!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  2. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2/3 cup milk
  5. 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  7. 4 slices bread
  8. Maple syrup and/or powdered sugar for serving
  9. Optional: 1 cup cubed fresh fruit for topping
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a heavy skillet or preheat the griddle to 325 degrees F. If using skillet, place over medium heat.
  2. Combine 6 Tbsp. sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon on a plate. Set aside.
  3. Mix eggs, milk, 3/4 teaspoon sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and vanilla in a shallow bowl.
  4. Dip bread in mixture, coating both sides.
  5. Dredge both sides in cinnamon-sugar mixture, shaking off excess.
  6. Brown both sides of bread on griddle or skillet, cooking about 5 minutes on each side, or until nicely browned.
  7. Serve immediately with maple syrup or dust with powdered sugar and serve with fruit topping.
Adapted from Celebrate the Seasons
Adapted from Celebrate the Seasons
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Fall is just around the corner now so I’ll be sharing some seasonal recipes with you in the not-too-distant future!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet


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