Saturday, December 25, 2010

Apple Pancake: The Gift

This started one year as a recipe my mom thought she'd try on us at Christmas. That may have been a good 15 years ago and it has returned every Christmas morning since. It started with making one pan of this all those years ago and increased steadily until this year I made four pans for our family of 13 this year! (Note to self: We only needed 3 pans but tomorrow we will have leftovers!) I have only altered it a little from my mom's original recipe- using a bit more cinnamon and apples.

We only make this on Christmas Day. Well, I made one exception for some friends that were visiting one fall morning but otherwise, it is a strict Christmas Day tradition. I am sharing this recipe as a gift this Christmas Day but I know you can't wait until next Christmas to try it. We will make an exception this year and allow you to make this Boxing Day or New Years Day if you want.

It must be served with a wedge of lemon squeezed on top, a drizzle of maple syrup and a dusting of icing sugar.

Baked Apple Pancake

6 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup unbleached flour
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
3 apples, peeled and thinly sliced
2-3 tbsp brown sugar
lemon wedges
maple syrup
icing sugar

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. In blender, combine eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, salt and cinnamon until blended. Scrape down if needed.
3. Put butter into 9 X 13" pan and place in oven until butter is melted but not browned.
4. Add apple slices and bake for a few minutes until slightly softened.
5. Pour batter over top and sprinkle with brown sugar.
6. Bake in middle of oven for approximately 20 minutes. The longer you leave it, the more puffy it gets.
7. Cut into slices and serve immediately with lemon juice, syrup and icing sugar.