Apple Cider Pancakes (with Brown Butter Apple Cider Glaze)

October 31, 2012 · 21 comments

Last Halloween, I was living in Phoenix. I was ruining lives with surprise in-class AP essays. (I know this sounds exaggerated. I also know it’s not…because I spent my Halloween grading.)

I sat in the driveway with a bonfire and a bowl of candy and a sometimes grumbly dog. It was real life…temporarily.

This year, I’m living in Ohio. I’m eating Halloween candy for dinner (oops) because trick or treat was hurricaned out…or something. There’s a fire in the fireplace…and I own a home with a fireplace.

I chopped my hair short.short.short. (I think I like it.)(I’m still adjusting.)

It feels a little like everything’s changed.

Except…my dog is still everywhere. And, I’m still painting my nails and eating pancakes. It’s good to know that some things are reliable.

These pancakes are made my favorite way: with equal parts all purpose and whole wheat flour. It makes a denser pancake, without losing all the fluffiness. We’ve talked about this before…right? I also always use almond milk in my pancakes. I dunno what magic it works, but it’s a constant.

When I fold apples into pancakes, I always let them simmer on the stovetop until they’re soft first. It eliminates the awkward crunchiness. This time my apples simmered in apple cider, and I smashed them applesauce style.

I replaced a little of the milk with apple cider too. It’s my power ingredient.

And, instead of maple syrup, these pancakes are topped with a brown butter, apple cider glaze.

I made a batch of way too many…because I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop eating them.

Some things never change.

Apple Cider Pancakes

2 large honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored and chopped into bite sized pieces
1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons apple cider, divided
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup (almond) milk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Peel, core and chop apples. Place in a small saucepan with 2 tablespoons apple cider and let simmer over medium heat until softened. Meanwhile, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar in a medium sized mixing bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup apple cider, milk, eggs, oil and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry, and stir just to combine. Using a potato masher, smash apples (you’ll want them to still be somewhat chunky) and fold into batter. Spoon batter onto a hot, greased griddle. Flip when edges of pancakes begin to dry, cooking evenly on both sides. Serve with brown butter apple cider glaze (below). yield: about 16 pancakes

Brown Butter Apple Cider Glaze
recipe from How Sweet It Is

4 tablespoons butter, browned and cooled
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2-3/4 cup powdered sugar

Brown butter in a small saucepan and set aside to cool. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and whisk until smooth. Gradually add apple cider and continue whisking. (It will take a few minutes for all the lumps to work out.) Serve immediately, storing any leftover in the fridge.

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 1, 2012 at 3:30 am

Oh man, surprise in-class AP essays. I definitely don’t miss high school! Now these pancakes – AMAZING! I totally need to make this for brunch this weekend!

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Erica @ For the Sake of Cake November 1, 2012 at 6:35 am

Love the hair!!!

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Simply Life November 1, 2012 at 6:54 am

Isn’t it crazy how much could change in a year?! Looks like things are going well- I love the haircut!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 1, 2012 at 7:28 am

You look beautiful! I love your new haircut!!! Your pancakes look mighty delish!!!

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Victoria November 1, 2012 at 8:48 am

i love the hair too! And these pancakes. Maybe dinner tonight!

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Ari @ Ari's Menu November 1, 2012 at 10:28 am

That first picture with the drippy butter is totally drool worthy! These look amazing!

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes November 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm

These look amazing! Love your haircut! I do ate Halloween candy for dinner last night :)

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic November 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Your new haircut looks so cute! I bet you will learn to love it soon! A lot of things have changed for me from last year, too but like you, a lot of the important things are still here and still the same :)

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Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats November 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm

You had me at brown butter:)

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Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie November 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I love the idea of putting apple cider AND apples into pancakes, I feel like you really can’t go wrong :)

PS your new haircut is super cute on you Sarah!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts November 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Brown butter….yum!

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction November 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Love your hair!
These pancakes are incredible! I love the brown butter apple cider glaze!

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Cassie | Bake Your Day November 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I LOVE the short hair, adorable! And these pancakes – brilliant. Apple cider is where it’s at, for sure.

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Julie @ Table for Two November 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm

such great fall flavors in these pancakes! super adorable haircut :)

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust November 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Oh my, these look good. I hope your weather has been okay!

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Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian November 1, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Some things just shouldn’t change..like delicious pancakes! These look fabulous!
I love your hair. It’s adorable! :)

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Jen @ Savory Simple November 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm

I think I know what I’m making for breakfast this weekend!

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Kristi@My San Francisco Kitchen November 2, 2012 at 2:03 am

I am so happy I stumbled upon your blog, these pancakes look INCREDIBLE! I love pancakes for breakfast, so I can’t wait to try these :)

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Sondra November 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

Yum

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Jennie @themessybakerblog November 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

I love your short hair, and I love these pancakes! Everything about them sounds wonderful.

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