Now that fall has officially arrived, all I can think about is APPLES. We go to the farmers market or a local farm stand every weekend to buy fresh, local apples, and I eat them until my stomach hurts.
I’ve made cider, muffins, and now, apple pancakes. These may be my favorite! The pancakes themselves technically don’t have any fruit in them, but they do have plenty of cinnamon.
The key flavor component here is the topping. The apples are added after cooking in the form of a sweet, warm, syrupy compote that has been cooked on the stove for just a few minutes to soften the fruit. More cinnamon is added to the syrup, just to make it that much more amazing.
With every single bite of these, all I can think is FALL – which I’m pretty sure is my favorite season. Isn’t it everyone’s?
Unfortunately, the weather here still hasn’t gotten the message that it’s autumn. It has been HOT recently, with temperatures reaching the triple digits.
There is still no rain in the forecast, which is a huge bummer. I’m still doing my rain dances regularly, hoping to get some moisture out of the sky.
AJ and I have decided that if the drought continues for another couple of years (which isn’t all that unlikely), we’re outta here and moving to Washington. I’ll get my fill of rain there, from what I hear.
I know, I know, I sound like a spoiled California brat to those of you who have to deal with “real” weather year round, but let’s be real…
How would you feel if it didn’t snow at all one winter? Not one single storm, not even a flurry? You’d probably be worried, craving just a little bit of snow, because it lends a bit of normalcy to your life.
That’s how I feel. So can one of you please send me some rain now?
Until the weather decides to finally turn, I’m going to keep on pretending with these pancakes. SO MUCH YUM.
We actually ate the whole stack between the two of us. It’s was a stretch, but we are
kind of definitely piggies. You might feed 3 or even 4 with these if you eat a normal amount, but come on… what fun is that?
The perfect pancakes for fall! An easy pancake recipe that cooks up nice and golden on the stove, and a maple apple compote that is to die for!
For the Pancakes:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 large egg
- 2 Tbsp butter or vegan margarine, melted (I used Earth Balance)
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
For the Compote:
- 2 small or 1 large apple, chopped (about 1 heaping cup)
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine the milk, cider vinegar, and egg, and mix well with a fork or whisk. Add the melted butter while continuing to stir, then add the oil and stir to combine.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and stir until just barely combined – a few lumps are okay! Set aside for a couple minutes to thicken.
- While the batter thickens, preheat a heavy pan (we used our cast iron griddle) or electric griddle over medium-low heat. Combine the compote ingredients in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Stir occasionally, cooking until the apples are soft. You may want to turn the burner to medium-low to prevent from burning.
- Oil your pan and wipe the excess away with a paper towel. Use a ladle to pour a little bit of the batter onto the pan. Quickly spread it into an even circle. Cook until the top begins to look dry on the edges and small bubbles appear. Flip, then cook until the bottom is golden brown.
- Continue until all of the batter is cooked, adjusting heat as necessary.
- Serve pancakes with some butter, if desired, and with apple maple compote on top.
Keywords: fall, pancakes, autumn, maple, comfort food
Tell us in the comments below how you like to enjoy seasonal fruit at home in the fall, and don’t forget to give this recipe a five-star rating if you loved it.
Photos by Raquel Smith, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published October 6th, 2014. Last updated: September 18, 2018 at 14:46 pm.
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About Raquel Smith
Raquel is a whole foods enthusiast, an avid mountain biker, and a dog lover. She works by day at Food Blogger Pro and formerly maintained her food blog "My California Roots" (now being merged into Foodal).