We started a new family tradition this fall – apple picking! I grew up going to u-pick berry farms but I didn’t know about u-pick orchards. They are all over the Northwest! Apples, peaches, pears, plums, all over! Picking apples goes much faster than picking berries which is perfect for my short attention span. Within minutes we had buckets full of these beautiful, fresh-off-the-tree apples. They were honestly the best apples we had ever tasted. I’m not sure about you, but I think food always tastes WAY better when you get to pick or grow it yourself. We dream of having a small orchard of our own one day but for now, this is a great alternative. We can’t wait until next year!
After bringing home buckets of these tasty treats I began looking for apple recipes. We made a lot of food for the littlest one, some amazing homemade cider (both hard and not so hard) and had a bunch just for eating. But I also came across an idea for fried apple pancakes. I’ve never really been much for pancakes. I like them, but they’ve just never been something that I crave in the morning, that is, until I came across this delicious version.
Heres what you need:
:: your favorite pancake mix – I plan on making my own soon from this site
:: 1 tsp vanilla
:: one apple
:: 1 tsp butter
STEP ONE: make the pancake mix according to the instructions on the package – I always add vanilla to my pancakes it makes them taste like they didn’t come from a box, shhh – don’t tell anyone my secret
STEP TWO: slice apples to about 1/8 inch – I love the pretty design in the middle of apples
STEP THREE: core apples
STEP FOUR: send the apples for a dip in the batter
STEP FIVE: butter a frying pan and fry pancakes until golden brown on both sides
Serve with warm maple syrup and a geat cup of coffee!
I have also made these with pears which were equally delicious. You really need to try these!
I realized that I have been very breakfast focused so far. Here’s the thing, in the middle of winter the lighting is much better in the morning. I’ve made a few dinners with photos but they look less than appetizing under the fluorescent bulbs in our kitchen. Don’t worry I do make other meals and intend to share them with you, I’ll try not to make you wait until summer!