We Love Breakfast in our house. Love it. So much so that we also eat it for dinner almost every week. What can I say breakfast is fairly simple and quick yet I still get to be creative with my food. Oh, and did I mention that breakfast for dinner is generally pretty inexpensive too? Yep, there are so many reasons to have breakfast for dinner. Luke is a protein fiend so a meal of jsut baked pancakes would never fly…unless it were just me and Monkey, so we also did a veggie scramble with garlic, spinach, bell pepper and onion too.
These pancakes are quick and easy. Feel free to play around and add more apple, try pear, add in some toasted nuts, or whatever strikes your fancy. The possibilities are limitless.
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) melted unsalted butter
2 large apples, peeled, cored, and cut into about 1/4-inch-wide wedges
1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup quick cooking oats
2 tablespoons ground flax seed meal (optional)
Confectioners sugar for dusting
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 425°F.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saute pan. Add apple wedges, cranberries, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon sugar to skillet and cook, until the apples start to soften, about 5 minutes.
While apple is cooking, add milk, flour, eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt, remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter, and flax seed meal (if using) together in a medium bowl and mix thoroughly.
Butter a 11×7 inch pan. Spread softened apple mixture evenly in bottom of buttered pan. Pour oats over apple mixture. Pour pancake batter over apple mixture and transfer pan to oven. Bake until pancake is puffed and golden and soft yet springy to the touch, about 15-20 minutes depending on your oven. Dust with confectioners sugar and serve warm.
We ate these simply dusted with the confectioners sugar but it would be great with any number of things on top; warm maple syrup, apple compote, caramel sauce, vanilla yogurt…
This recipe can be doubled.
As always Let me know what you think.
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