Years ago… literally years ago… I visited Jenny at college in Minnesota to help her make the grand trek across the midwest back to Denver. At the time, my grandma still lived in Minnesota so I was able to spend a couple of days with her before Jenny and I started the drive.
While we were there, she made us the most amazing puffy pancakes. I got the recipe the same day thinking it would be the perfect brunch food or something fun to pull out for brinner (breakfast for dinner).
I finally got around to making it today.. for myself.. for none of the above. I had one of those amazing mornings where I had the time to wander around the house and town and get errands run at a leisurely pace. When I looked at the time it was mid afternoon and I was starving. The Husband was out and about so I made the pancake for myself. And ate it. All.
It serves 4.
It’s an entire pie tin full.
I really love apple puff pancakes.
The tartness of the apples balances the slight sweetness of the pancake and raisins. Dusted with just the smallest amount of powdered sugar it’s a smile in your mouth. Seriously.
The reason why I am still kicking myself is that the recipe is so stinking easy. The ingredient list is short, and other than the non-fat dry milk the other ingredients are all pantry items. The pancake puffs up perfectly, even for someone who doesn’t bake things on a regular basis AND I live at high altitude.
What I’m trying to tell you is that as long as you follow the recipe.. you will be golden! This recipe inspires me to have a huge brunch party because it’s fancy enough to serve to guests and simple enough that you won’t mess it up as everyone is watching you.
That may be my nightmare.
Apple Puff Pancakes
3 tbsp butter
2 cups of peeled and sliced apples (I used 3 small Granny Smith apples)
1/3 cup raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup water
1/4 non-fat dry milk
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Add the butter, sliced apples, raisins and cinnamon to 9 inch pie tin. Bake, covered, for 10 minutes. While this is baking combine the rest of the ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour the batter over the apple mixture and bake f0r 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Serve with a slight dusting of powdered sugar or maple syrup.
I think this would be absolutely delightful with a variety of fruits. I can’t wait to try it in the summer with peaches and raspberries!