We are still in our crazy, running all the time, trying to find some sense of balance in our lives mode. So I am making dinners in the crockpot or else finding things that I can make ahead of time and just reheat for a quick meal between activities (BMX racing, ice skating, and karate). I made a really good white chicken chili but ate it all without a single photo. So will post when I make it again and you can bet I will be making it again, it was just that good.
Anyway, these pancakes came about because I had some fruit that badly needed to be used up or tossed out tomorrow. There were 6 apples, 4 bananas and 2 pears. 3 of the bananas went into banana chocolate chip muffins (1 had to be tossed), and 3 apples went into the pancakes. I am going to make apple/pear sauce with the remaining fruit to use as topping for the pancakes! These pancakes are delicious and a perfect way to use up some of that fruit. They can be made ahead and just warmed up (for dinner) but of course they are way better hot off the griddle!
Apple Pancakes (adapted from Smitten Kitchen)
2 eggs, well beaten
1 1/2 cups of milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
14 tsp nutmeg
3 medium apples, peeled and coarsely grated (I used macintosh and a honey crisp apple. You could use any)
1. Mix the eggs with the milk and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
2. In a smaller bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together.
3. Combine the wet and the dry ingredients and stir in the apples.
4. Heat a thin layer of oil in an electric skillet on medium heat. Drop large spoonful of batter into the pan and flatten it out a little (otherwise, you might have trouble getting them to cook in the center) and cook until golden brown underneath. Flip the pancakes and cook them for an additional two or three minutes.
I sprinkled these with cinnamon sugar and topped them with maple syrup but apple sauce will be great on them too!