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Swiss Apple Pancake

Food | October 27, 2017 | Nik Manojlovich
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This lovely dish is a perennial favourite amongst kids and adults alike. Prepare this SWISS APPLE PANCAKE recipe and start a new breakfast tradition.

Something special happens when you serve a SWISS APPLE PANCAKE: it always gets “oohs” and “aahs” when first delivered to the table, then things get super quiet as everyone takes those first few bites, enjoying the spiced apple flavour, crispy edges and soft, custard-like centre. Truly amazing!

Here’s what I’ve learned over the years.

APPLES – Crisp, tangy apples work best for this recipe and if I had my pick, I’d go with McIntosh or Honeycrisp. Using a firm, crunchy apple helps prevent them from getting mushy when first added to the melted butter.

BUTTER, SUGAR & SPICES – I love the process of this “hot skillet” recipe where we toss butter into a hot pan, followed by the apples and spices. I also like the way the aromas of this fabulous breakfast instantly fill the kitchen when the pan is returned to the oven to get the apples hot and sizzling.

THE BATTER – The batter for this recipe is easy to prepare, yet I’ve noticed a difference in the finished pancake depending on the eggs I use. For best results, I suggest using organic, free-range eggs purchased from a trusted poultry farm. I also like to make the batter 15 minutes before I begin cooking the pancake, giving the ingredients a chance to come together, then I whisk the batter vigorously before adding it to the pan.

ADD-INS – I started adding sliced almonds to this recipe, their nutty flavour goes well with the apples. Additional things I’ve added and enjoyed are raisins, lemon zest, pears and peaches.

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE – Make sure you’re ready to serve this treat, moments after you take it out of the oven. Call everyone to the table five minutes before the pancake is done. Place a trivet and pan-friendly serving piece next to your place setting, then get the skillet to the table “tout de suite”, before the pancake deflates!

SERVING – There’s something so charming and homespun about serving this dish right from the skillet. Finishing touches are simple – a sprinkle of icing sugar and maple syrup will be all you need. Well, you could also serve some fabulous breakfast sausages or thick cut peppered bacon… just saying!

Looking for something to go with this wonderful morning main? Head HERE for a fabulous smoothie recipe!

A SWISS APPLE PANCAKE is a perfect thing to ensure a perfect day!

Ingredients & Amounts

  • 1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons)
  • 2 crisp apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of allspice
  • 6 eggs, room temperature
  • cup of buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of unbleached flour
  • 1/3 cup of sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. With the rack in the middle position, place a 12” skillet into the oven and preheat to 425°F.
  2. Prepare apples and toss in lemon juice to prevent browning then, reserve. Place brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl. Stir together and reserve.
  3. Whisk eggs, buttermilk, sugar, salt, vanilla extract and flour in a medium-sized bowl, mixing thoroughly to remove any lumps. Reserve.
  4. When the oven is preheated, remove pan from oven, remembering to protect your hand with an oven mitt. Add butter and swirl about in the pan until the butter is melted. Add the apple slices and sprinkle with the brown sugar spice mixture. Return pan to the oven and cook apples for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove pan from oven - remember to use an oven mitt, I can’t stress this enough - and toss the apples and butter. Add batter, sprinkle with almonds and return to the oven, baking for 20 minutes, or until the centre puffs up and is spongy to the touch.
  6. Dust baked pancake with icing sugar and serve immediately with maple syrup.

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