I really enjoy making breakfast. I mean, I love to grill, and I love to deep fry, and I love to sauté, but more than anything else – I love to make breakfast. It could be because it’s the first meal I ever learned to cook, or it could be because my dad was the one that taught me, and while he was quite talented in the breakfast-making arena, he generally didn’t venture into the kitchen outside the morning hours (turns out my dad can cook, and is an excellent grill-master, but I learned these things later on – when I lived at home, he was master of the morning meal). Whatever the reason, I have always enjoyed waking up in the morning and spending my first hour or two crafting something tasty with which to beckon the other members of my family downstairs!
A couple of weeks ago, I was in the mood to cook something scrumptious, but we were just on the verge of heading to the grocery store, and there really wasn’t anything in the house, which is, quite frankly, the worst. Breakfast and fruit go hand-in-hand, of course, and I often look to a particular fruit purchase to inspire the rest of my breakfast entree. On this particular morning, the fruit was scarce, but we did, as we always do, have apples. Somehow, though we eat them everyday, we almost never run out of apples. I moseyed on over to Epicurious, as I am wont to do, and began searching for breakfast apple recipes.
This particular recipe caught my eye for two reasons – one, it said it was “German,” and true or not, foods claiming to be of a particular ethnic origin always pique my interest. Two, the description mentioned crepes, and I love crepes. I hesitated to get too excited, as my ingredients on hand were so few, but as I scanned the list of requirements, I realized that every single item was a staple for us – things we always have on hand! I got to work and soon discovered why they were described as a cross between a pancake and a crepe – that’s exactly what they are! The consistency is definitely crepe-like, but you eat them like a pancake (and you don’t roll them up). Bottom line? I love crepes, Chels loves pancakes, and we both loved this recipe. Try it!
German Apple Crepe Pancakes
We love pancakes. We love crepes. We love apples. We love cinnamon and sugar. We love this recipe.
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Total time: 40 min
Yield: 8-12 pancakes
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 4 eggs
- 4 apples
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 6 tbsp butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Add the 1/4 sugar and the cinnamon to a small bowl and mix together to create the topping. Set aside.
- Whisk together dry ingredients (remaining sugar, flour, and salt) in a large bowl, and then add milk in a steady stream, whisking constantly but gently. Whisk eggs in one at a time.
- Cut apples into “matchsticks” roughly 1/8 in thick, discarding the core. Toss with lemon juice and fold apple mixture into batter.
- Place a cookie sheet in oven and preheat to warm.
- Heat small skillet (6″ to 8″) over medium heat and add 1/2 tbsp to coat pan.
- Add roughly 1/3 cup batter to pan, rotating and lifting pan to ensure batter spreads evenly. When lightly browned on bottom, flip and cook reverse side until lightly browned as well. Remove from pan and place in oven to keep warm.
- Repeat with remaining batter and butter, and serve warm with cinnamon and sugar mixture sprinkled on top.