Food On Friday – Puffed Apple Pancake


One of the traditions in our house is that we always have a special breakfast on Christmas morning.  I try to find a recipe for something we haven’t had before or that we haven’t had in a long while.  This year it was the Puffed Apple Pancake out of Bon Appetit.

Recipe for Puffed Apple Pancakes

Everyone LOVED this recipe so I thought it would be good to include in our Food On Friday posts.

We started, as usual, by gathering the ingredients.  The recipe says to peel and core the apples.  I quartered the apples to do this . . .

ingredients for the puffed apple pancake

. . and then sliced them.

sliced apples

We followed the recipe and melted the butter in the 13 x 9 x 2 glass baking dishes.  Then, after taking the baking dishes out of the oven with the melted butter in them,  laid the apples out in the same manner that we lay out the apples for our apple kuchens.  This seemed to make sense to me.  (Note – do not leave the butter in the oven for longer than 5 minutes or the butter will burn – and yes, I know from experience.)

apples laying in warm butter

While the apples and butter were in the oven softening, I made the batter per their instructions.

pancake batter

It was easy and quick.  When the apples came out . . .

soft apples out of the oven

I poured the batter into the pan (the apples will rise some when you do this) . . .

apples in pancake batter

sprinkled the brown sugar on top . . .

brown sugar on top of the pancake batter

and put it all back into the oven to bake.

After 20 minutes we pulled it out and got this!!

puffed apple pancake

It did get a little brown on the edges but that could be my oven, which has been a little testy with me lately.  Or maybe I am just not used to it actually working correctly (since we had it repaired not so long ago).  Who knows.  No one complained – it was that good.

golden puffed apple pancake

You then cut the puffed pancake into four pieces and serve.  We doubled the recipe to have enough for everyone and I should have done more because everyone wanted more than their one pancake.  It is basically a warm, lighter form of apple kuchen and the warm maple syrup took it over the edge.  It was great!  This one is going into the family cookbook and it will be made a lot more often.  It is one to use for guests too – they will love it!!

I hope you try it.  Bon Appetit – you did it again!!

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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9 Responses to Food On Friday – Puffed Apple Pancake

  1. amanda says:

    Wow… that is gorgeous, and it looks delicious, too! Sort of like a kugel my 2nd MIL used to make. We also have a special Christmas breakfast (since our main meal is usually on Christmas Eve), but it’s always the same: gingerbread with coffee, juice, and whipped cream. Not very healthy, and if I had had the time this year, I probably would have substituted maple-sweetened vanilla Greek yogurt. Maybe next year.

    I have fond memories of Bon Apetit. My first MIL (and I still love her dearly) was food editor for her local newspaper, and she gave me a subscription to it every year. Some of my best inspirations are from that magazine!

    • Shel says:

      I love Bon Appetit. Some of my favorite recipes came from them. We started doing our Thanksgivings out of there in 1997 – we would just take the November issue and pick out what looked good and make it that year. It got to where no one in the family would miss our Thanksgivings. They were always awesome and a little over the top. This recipe I made in 2002 and then could not find it again after that. I am sooooo loving their website because now I can just plug in ingredients and find what I am looking for fast – even though I have years and years of their magazines saved. I think Bon Appetit made me a braver cook in that I am much more able to look in a pantry now and come up with something that works for a meal that is more than just basic. Fun.

  2. Pia says:

    I’m so going to try this…….

  3. Danielle says:

    Mmmmmm…..I’m going to show this one to Mike!

  4. Ruth says:

    These look lovely. I think I’ll try the recipe out once our weather cools down a bit!

  5. Shelly R. says:

    Oh my, you are having a heat wave aren’t you. I hope you are all able to stay cool. I am sure your family will enjoy this. So glad you found it.

  6. Barbara Antonelli says:

    That looked good and easy! I’ll try it and will be eating it for a couple of days ….unless I give some away! Who,Me? Ha!

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