Puffed Apple Pancake

Happy Friday! I have another fabulous recipe for you this week, and this one is from Stacy over at The Preserves Project! I am so excited to have her on the blog today, her recipes are seriously drool worthy. Stacy a busy wife, mama to 3 kiddos, graphic designer, and amazing cook. She has a love for mechanical pencils (when was the last time you bought one of those?!) a fresh notebook, and a glass of wine (she's my kinda girl).

"I feel it’s so important to take the time to both create and honor family traditions and memories, so I’m on a mission, along with my husband, to build a life full of love, laughter and learning. Some of the sweetest family memories are made in the kitchen, so The Preserves Project is a place where I record our recipes and cooking adventures!" - Stacy

So Without further ado, here is her recipe for you to make this weekend. Puffed Apple Pancake.


Puffed Apple Pancake

I am so excited to share this Apple Puff Pancake recipe with you. It's a recipe my mom has made for years and it's one of those, warm, sweet, comfort food recipes. Perfect for a Sunday brunch or to prepare when you have guests coming to visit.

My parents moved from Pennsylvania to Connecticut when they were first married, so we have always had to travel to see grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins. Or sometimes, they would come to visit us. Growing up,  I can remember being so excited when we knew company was coming. Of course there was extra cleaning to do, projects to get finished around the house. But there was also the prospect of doing fun things like staying up late or going to an amusement park!

Then there was the meal planning. At least a week before the visit, my mom would start compiling recipe cards, magazines, cookbooks with all the different things she'd make while we had company. Don't get me wrong...my mom cooked great meals 24/7, but when company was coming? She always took it to the next level. She'd figure out exactly what our schedule would be and then plan the meals around that. Slow cooker meals for when we'd be gone all day, or lots of grilled meals if it was a summer visit. 

This Apple Puff Pancake recipe is on the "company's coming" list because it is delicious, feeds a crowd and beautiful to serve. It has all the flavors of apple pie, though less sweet, and since it's best served with warmed maple syrup, it's the perfect way to impress guests! To round out the meal, you could serve sliced ham, bacon or sausage and a fruit salad.

Though there a several steps, this is really very easy to make.  First you core, peel and slice two apples. Then combine flour, eggs, milk, salt and baking powder. Place two tablespoons of butter in a pie plate, and melt it in the hot oven.  Take the plate out of the oven and arrange the apples in the bottom, over the butter. Return the plate to oven and let the butter start to sizzle, about five minutes.  Then remove the plate again and pour the batter over the apples and sprinkle with the brown sugar and cinnamon.  Finally, back into the oven once more, for about 20 minutes, until the pancake puffs up and becomes golden brown.

A Tip!  Though the pancake will puff way up while it's baking, don't be alarmed when it starts to fall...which it will...after you take it out of the oven. That is totally normal! Just warm some maple syrup in a small creamer or pitcher in the microwave, and you're ready to serve.