Oh my!! This is my deliciously Dutch apple pancake recipe! I love it soooo much, I wish I could eat it every day!
My friend Devon and I used to go to this one particular restaurant every single weekend.
And I would get what that restaurant called a “baby apple”, which – even though they named it a “baby” apple – it wasn’t small. Don’t get me wrong: I loved to eat that pancake. But even though it was smaller than the “big” one the restaurant offered, it was still too big.
Christopher yells out, “What? Too big?”
Okay, okay, I could have eaten it, but did I want to? Heck yes, I did. But should I?
My thighs thanked me, even though my mouth and stomach didn’t.
So, over the years I have tried to recreate that apple pancake and now, at long last, I have perfected it!
Here is my version.
Before I discuss the recipe, I want to share a great blog post that I read about apples. Apples are so nutritious and have great health benefits! It’s a fun and insightful read. Here’s a link to that post. Check it out, you won’t be sorry.
More breakfast recipes:
On to the Dutch Apple Pancake recipe
What’s different between my deliciously Dutch apple pancake and the restaurant’s? Well, for one thing, I use spelt flour, which gives the pancake a denser texture. This is one of the reasons I like spelt flour. For another thing, I use less sugar. I pretty much always use less sugar than everyone else.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
I start with the apple. You can use 2 apples if you want and I often do, but for this recipe, I wanted to use just one. I use McIntosh apples here. Leaving the skin on, I cut the apple in half, core it and cut it into thin slices.
I grab my heavy cast iron sauté pan and heat it up. I add 2 tablespoons of butter and once it’s melted, I add the apple slices. I sauté them for approximately 10 minutes. Now, I said I use McIntosh apples, but these aren’t New England Macs. They come from the west coast, so they are harder than my New England ones.
That’s why I sauté them for 10 minutes. If I use NE Macs, they would be done between 5 – 10 minutes.
You want them to be softened but not totally cooked through.
Time to prepare the egg portion of the recipe.
I grab my trusty stainless steel mixing bowl, crack in the eggs, and add some milk, flour, vanilla, salt and nutmeg.
Then I take my whisk and whiskity, whisk, whisk, whisk.
Time to put my 10 inch cast iron pan into the oven. I let it heat for 5 minutes, then I put 2 tablespoons of butter into it and stand there until it melts.
Be careful not to let the butter brown.
I take the pan out and put the apples and batter in. Back into the oven the pan goes. I let it bake for 15 minutes. It will rise a lot in the pan. I take it out and test it with a cake tester.
All puffy and delicious looking. It will deflate in a few minutes!
Time to cut it, add some more butter, because, why not? Huh? Why the heck not!?
And of course, some maple syrup.
Time to eat it.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe!
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And as always, may all your dishes be delish!
- 2 apples large cooking apples, sliced thinly
- 1/4 cup butter divided
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- Preheat the oven to 450 F
- Heat a large sauté pan on medium heat
- Add 2 tablespoons butter
- Add sliced apples and sauté them from 5 - 10 minutes. They should be softened, not cooked all the way through
- In a large mixing bowl, crack in all the eggs, add the flour, milk, vanilla, salt and nutmeg
- Whisk them all together until mixed
- Place 10 inch sauté pan into the oven to heat up
- Add 2 tablespoons butter into the pan and let it melt but not brown
- Take pan out and add the apples first, then the batter
- Return to the oven and bake for 15 minutes
- It will become puffy. Test it with a cake tester
- Once it is done and you take it out of the oven, it will deflate after a few minutes
- Cut a piece
- Plate it
- Add more butter and some maple syrup
- Cut another piece