Good Morning, and Happy Autumn!
I just love the beginning of Autumn. Leaves are just starting to turn here in South West Michigan. We have crisp mornings, warm days and mild evenings. Great time for eating dinner outside. School is in full swing again…well almost in full swing…We’ll get there.
One of my favorite things about Autumn, the one that almost makes me wish summer away too soon, is the arrival of concord grapes and fresh apples. OK, that’s two, but they both come at about the same time where I live so it’s kind of like one thing. Recently, Joseph went apple picking with a friend and brought home a bushel of apples for us. Pure Happiness!!!!
With the advent of school, I have taken over fixing breakfast again, and doing all of the prep for lunch and supper. This morning I came to the kitchen fully intending to make pancakes and saw the apples in the kitchen. I suddenly felt inspired to incorporate them into my morning pancakes. They turned out wonderful. I even got a “That was good, really good” from William, who is not normally very talkative.
I just sliced up the apples into really thin, tiny julienne strips. I poured pancake batter on the griddle, waited just a few seconds for the bottom to set, and dropped some apple strips onto the top of the bubbly, but still wet pancake. When the top was all bubbly and the edges were starting to dry, I flipped the pancakes and cooked as normal.
I was cautious at first, putting only a few pieces on each pancake. By the time the last pancakes were on the griddle, I was nearly covering the top. I served these with butter and the rest of the of the maple syrup. It was an absolute hit. Even Catherine, who isn’t a real breakfast person, came back for another.
I really hope you will try these and post pictures of your creations in the comments. Did you alter the recipe in any way that you thought made it better? Let me know what you and your family thinks.
Until next time,
P.S. Just in case you don’t have a wonderful pancake recipe handy right now, here is my Buttermilk Pancake recipe again. This is what I used for these. Enjoy!!!