Friday, August 16, 2013

German Apple Pancake Recipe

Allow me to intoduce a family favorite recipe that brings back many fond memories of waking up to the smell of baked apples, pancake batter, and bacon on occasional sunday mornings in the late fall and early winter. Restaurants and households that I have visited all seemed to have done a pretty decent job of creating the Apfel Pfannekuchen, but this home recipe seems to take the cake. Yes, that pun was intended. I like the flavor and texture of the german apple pancake as it seems to be a "culinary mixer" in which custard meets bread pudding who in turn meet french toast with baked apples. Please give this one a try next time you want to create a fun breakfast for family or guests. The recipe is ideal to prepare right now as apple harvest season is upon us. The beauty of this recipe is that the batter can be prepared the night before and refrigerated prior to the next morning's use. I also highly recommend a crisp tart apple such as a granny smith to offset the sweetness of the cinnamon sugar. Feel free to also divide this recipe in half as it serves about five to six people.

German Apple Pancake or Dutch Baby Recipe
Easy To Make Apfel Pfankuchen Recipe

8 eggs
1 cup unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Apple Mixture
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar, divided two containers
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
4 medium granny smith apples, peeled and sliced.

1.To make the batter, blend the eggs, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Slowly add in the milk while constantly stirring. Then add in vanilla and butter. Set batter aside for twenty five to thirty minutes or refrigerate if preparing for the next morning.

2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
3. To make the apple mixture, combine sugar (1 of 2 reserved containers) with cinnamon and nutmeg. Now melt butter in two cast iron or oven proof skillets. Make sure to work the butter along the sides of the pan. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture into both pans. Now place the apple slices into the bottom of pans trying to avoid stacking. Try to get all the apples to cover the bottom surface or avoid stacking. Now sprinkle remaining sugar over apples. Once the mixture become hot and starts to bubble, pour batter into both pans.
4. Place both pans into oven and bake for 15 minutes. Then reduce temperature to 375F and bake for another 10 minutes.
5. Once removed from oven, allow pancakes in skillet to cool briefly then dust with confectioners sugar and squirt a little lemon over the pancake. (The Dutch Baby Effect).
6. Serve while still warm.

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