Light and fluffy American stye apple pancakes with just a touch of spice. There is a juicy slice of fresh apple baked into the centre of each of these deliciously spicy pancakes. Perfect served with some berries, a dollop of cream and of course some maple syrup too.
Shrove Tuesday (aka pancake day) is tomorrow and we all love to celebrate with a good pancake recipe. Originally this day was created to use up all the goodies in the house before the advent of Lent leading up to Easter. Nowadays almost everyone celebrates pancake day regardless of their religious orientation.
Over the years I’ve made all sorts of pancakes on Larder Love. From traditional Scotch pancakes (aka drop scones) to my healthy porridge pancakes and even savoury buckwheat pancakes. But these apple pancakes are the best yet I promise you.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- This is such a quick and easy recipe, ready in just 10 minutes!
- The taste – these pancakes are so light and fluffy and with that juicy slice of apple in the middle they are just the perfect treat at any time of day.
- This is another of those store-cupboard recipes where you can pull all the ingredients together so easily.
These are American-style pancakes which means that they are light and fluffy. So you’ll want to use both plain flour and also some baking powder to make them. This gives them that rise and fluffy texture.
Apple pancakes require apple and I’ve just used the standard eating apples I had in the fruit bowl. Use any type of apple you like to make these pancakes. The only apple I would be avoiding would be cooking apples as they are just a wee bit too bitter for apple pancakes.
Cinnamon adds a nice spicy kick to your pancakes. Caster sugar, milk, butter, an egg and salt are the other ingredients you’ll need to make these juicy fruity pancakes.
How to make apple pancakes
Simply sieve the flour, salt, sugar and cinnamon into a bowl. If you sieve these dry ingredients it adds air to help the pancakes be fluffy, and come on, who doesn’t love a nice fluffy pancake. It also removes any lumps or impurities that might be lurking in the flour.
Whisk together the egg, milk and melted butter then you want to beat this together with the dry ingredients till you get a lovely rich smooth batter for your pancakes.
I like to rest my pancake batter for 10 minutes so this is when I slice up my apple which is the all-important filling in my apple pancakes.
You want to core the apple first, no need to peel it. Then slice it into rings about 2mm/1/8th inch thick.
Heat a little butter in a non-stick pan and once it is foaming you can add a big spoonful of your pancake batter. I got two pancakes at a time in my pan, though I could’ve squeezed in another one without them touching.
Add a slice of apple to each pancake and gently press it into the batter.
As soon as the pancake shows little bubbles popping up in the batter check underneath to see if it is golden. If it is then just flip that apple pancake over and cook it for another 2 minutes till the other side is golden too.
How many pancakes does this make?
I got 6 gorgeously fluffy apple pancakes from this simple recipe. I serve 2 pancakes per person so the recipe served 3 people. Of course, you can have as many apple pancakes as you like, this is just the servings I used.
Can you reheat pancakes?
Like all pancakes, these apple pancakes are best served straight from the pan. But should you have leftovers then simply warm them up gently before serving.
To stop the apple drying out I wrap any leftover apple pancakes in foil and reheat them in the foil wrapper.
You can make your batter for these apple pancakes ahead of time and just give it a quick stir just before you want to cook the pancakes.
If you are not using the apple slices right away then add a squeeze of lemon juice to the apple slices to stop them from going brown.
Adding different flavours
I’ve used cinnamon in my apple pancakes because apples and cinnamon are really good friends. You could add a little ground ginger as well or instead of the cinnamon. American apple pie spice would of course be a great choice for this apple pancake recipe. Or simply add a dash of vanilla.
How to serve apple pancakes
I like these apple pancakes served with some mixed berries on the side for added fruitiness, a dollop of cream and of course some maple syrup to finish them off.
Want something with a bit more oomph than maple syrup? Then try my delicious Blueberry and whisky pancake syrup instead!
You could serve your apple pancakes with ice cream on the side. A sort of apple pancake a la mode!
Want to go healthy/ Then serve these with some Greek yogurt on the side.
Looking for more super easy pancake/crepe recipes to try? Then check these out before you go;
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- 135 g plain flour all purpose floour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tbsp caster sugar super fine sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 large egg beaten
- 130 ml milk
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted
- 1 apple
- 1 tbsp butter for cooking
- Sieve the flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder and sugar into a bowl
- Whisk together the milk, melted butter and egg in a jug
- Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and mix well till you have a smooth batter
- Core the apple and slice into rings about 2mm/1/8th " thick
- Heat the remaining butter in a non-stick frying pan and when it's frothing spoon in the pancake batter, about 2 tablespoons per pancake and lightly press a slice of apple into each
- once the pancakes have bubbles popping on the top check to see if they are golden underneath. If so then flip them over and cook for another 1-2 minutes till golden on the other side