Apple Pancake

Friday 22 March 2019

My husband is really fond of all things apple.  I had found a recipe for an Apple Pancake in The Breakfast Book, by Marion Cunningham that I wanted to make for him as a surprise one day this week.  
I just knew it was something he would enjoy! What's not to love about an puffed apple pancake?

I decided to use my iron skillet as it was the right size and had an oven-proof handle.  It came out of the oven all puffed up, but did deflate soon after. 

I think this is  also known as a Dutch Apple Pancake.

It looked beautiful other than deflating, and I could hardly wait to tip it out onto the platter I had ready to serve it on.  
I had a lovely image in my head about how it was going to look . . .  the apple slices all golden and caramelised . . .  a froth of icing sugar dressing it up to perfection.  
I even ran a flexible spatula around the bottom of it just to make sure.

TA DA!  Not quite what I had pictured in my mind.  Best laid plans of mice and all that.

Life has a funny way of surprising us no?

It came out in pieces, albeit lovely golden brown pieces, with lots of sweet soft apple bits. 
Delicious sweet soft apple bits, nonetheless. 

I don't think using a cast iron skillet was a very wise choice on my part.  You live and you learn . . .  

Or maybe I just need to season my pan a bit better?

I wasn't going to throw it away because it wasn't perfect.  It looked sort of like this Amish pancake scramble dish I have made on occasion, so I did what any great cook would do . . .

I dusted it with some icing sugar and I served it anyways.  I think it looked rather nice with its frosty white coat! 

It tasted amazing!  Crisp edged pancake bits . . .

Soft and sweet slices of apple, flavoured with cinnamon and cardamom  . . .

We ate it just as is and enjoyed.  I didn't add any syrup or anything. I don't think it needed it. 

I can imagine that breakfast sausage would go wonderfully with this  . . . 

It was really, really delicious!

Even if it wasn't the prettiest gown at the ball . . . it still made a mighty tasty show! 

Yield: 4 (generously)

Apple Pancake

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A delicious combination of apples cooked in butter and a great big fluffy pancake!


  • 6 TBS butter, divided
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 3 TBS lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • about 5 TBS Icing Sugar
  • 3 large free range eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 70g plain flour (1/2 cup)
  • 120ml milk (1/2 cup
  • Icing sugar to dust


  1. Preheat the oven to 230*C/425*F/ gas mark 7.  Have ready a 10 inch oven proof skillet. If you need to, wrap the handle of the skillet in several layers of aluminium foil to protect it.
  2. Melt the butter in the skillet.  Remove 2 TBS of the butter and set aside.
  3. Put the apple slices into a bowl with the cinnamon, cardamom, icing sugar and lemon juice.  Toss together to coat. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed.
  4. Turn the heat back on under the skillet.  Add the apple slices and cook over medium heat, turning occasionally, until tender, but still holding their shape. 
  5. Whisk the flour, eggs, milk, salt and  melted butter together until smooth. 
  6. Spread the apples out in a single layer in the skillet.  Pour the egg batter over top.  Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, until puffy and golden brown.  Turn immediately onto a warm platter so that the apples are on the top. Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately.
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I learnt an important lesson from this exercise in taste  . . .  a light dusting of icing sugar can hide a multitude of sins, and just because something doesn't turn out looking the way you wanted it to, that doesn't mean its no good.  This was quite simply delicious!

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Apple Pancake 

If you're looking for something tasty to cook for your family this weekend you can't go wrong with this pancake.  Broken up or whole, its simply delicious! 
Apple Pancake

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  1. I love the sound of this and I so agree with you about eating it up even if it doesn't look perfect. The errors I've hidden with a dusting of icing sugar, or some whipped cream or a hefty dose of custard are too numerous to count :-)

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  2. Well I for one am like you and as soon as it doesn't turn out as expete..I deflate:) Jacques never cares,but part of my fun is the pretty;) Like you I am sure.I bet it's terrific! Neat gadget:)

    1. I was disappointed, but I did what I could with it and it was really tasty irregardless! I did have another puffier version in mind! You can hide a multitude of sins with icing sugar! xoxo

  3. I see you reference an Amish pancake scramble. I did a search of your blog and do not see a recipe for one. Is it under another name? It sounds interesting. And I would've had the same visions as you about this coming out in beautiful wedges, grins. Next time!

    1. Next time Katy. I will use my non-stick pan! I don't have the Amish recipe on here. Its called Kaiserschmarrn. You can find a great recipe for it here:

  4. Very tasty dessert-I used a mixture of eating and cooking apples and added a touch more sugar. Wholesome food gobbled up by all the family!

    1. I am so pleased it was enjoyed Dexter! Thanks for taking the time to let us know! xoxo


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