German apple pancake | How About Orange

January 14, 2008

German apple pancake

I give it two thumbs up.

What you need:
2 eggs
3/4 cup half-and-half
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 Tbsp. butter
3 medium granny smith apples peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4 inch slices
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp. powdered sugar

What to do:
Put oven rack in the middle position and preheat to 500º. Combine eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, salt, and granulated sugar in a food processor or blender and process until well mixed, about 15 seconds. Add the flour and process until lump free, about 30 seconds; set the batter aside.

Add the butter to a 10-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet and cook over medium-high heat until the butter foams. Add the apples and sprinkle them with the brown sugar. Cook for 9 or 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples are golden brown.

Remove pan from heat. Quickly pour the batter around the edge of the pan, then over apples; place pan in the oven. Reduce heat to 425º and bake until browned and puffed, 16 to 17 minutes. With a heatproof spatula, loosen the edge of the pancake. Invert the pancake onto a serving platter, dust with powdered sugar, and serve immediately.

(Recipe from Swiss Ms. back when she was American Ms.)

27 comments:

marie-hélène said...

Seems good. But what is half and half ?

Karl Rove said...

Whoa, nice pan! This could be a great way to spruce up your American Legion Pancake Breakfast or even to serve at a campaign rally for your favorite fake presidential candidate.

alexanderkahn said...

Marie-Hélène, half and half is half milk half cream. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half_and_half#Dairy_product

We Are Not Martha said...

Yum yum!! Definitely putting this on my list of "things to make!" Thanks :)

CORK and FEAST said...

That is amazing. Did you notice how the finished look of your German Apple Pancake resembles the pattern of the hot pad underneath? I find myself studying this photo (I obviously have way too much time on my hands this morning) and wondering if you planned it that way, or was it just an extraordinary fluke?

Either way, the photo is quite lovely and I will definitely be giving this recipe a try! It sounds (and looks) delicious.

Thanks for sharing.

Mahan said...

Well, I have to say I know what I'm making for breakfast this weekend.

*sighs* And I've been so GOOD about watching my food intake, too...

Melissa said...

oh how I remember my grandmother making these for me after a day of being sick. YUMMY!

Swiss Ms. said...

thanks, orangie mc orange. i was thinking about this recipe recently and sad i didn't have it along with me!

Carrie Sue said...

Wow, that looks so yummy! p.s. When I saw this over at Flickr I thought of you.

caroleldridge said...

sounds wonderful...I think I will have to try it..stop by sometime.

best,
carol

Liz Ness said...

YUM!

kickpleat said...

i've made dutch babies before (pretty much the same thing, i think) but this looks amazing. it's a good reminder that baked pancakey things are awesome.

dede said...

this so much looks like your design work!!!
dede

Bela said...

It's like the French clafoutis, isn't it? Lovely!

Jess said...

Random responses:

I did think the pattern on those old potholders went well with the apple pancake. But since I only have those and some ugly straw hot pads, it was an easy choice.

Karl Rove, thanks for the pan. Love it. And you have some excellent ideas for generating more votes. Everybody, go read Karl Rove's blog. Get the inside scoop on his 2008 campaign!

Mahan, there are no calories in these, so don't worry.

Bela, I don't know that word but it sounds very fancy and delicious.

Jess said...

Oh, and Carrie Sue, the image wouldn't load for me, but I'll try again later.

Bela said...

Here you are, Jess:
The theory):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clafoutis (NB: it definitely has an 's' on the end in French)

The practice):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/cherryclafoutis_65873.shtml

See, the same pancake batter. It's absolutely delicious, whether you use cherries, plums, apricots...

Jess said...

EXCELLENT, Bela! Thanks for the links!

Bela said...

You're most welcome. :-)

cloth.paper.string said...

oh my. the weekend (aka the days of fancy breakfasts) will not be here soon enough! thanks!

funda62 said...

Awe, this makes me miss Germany so much. Apfel kuchen is available warm and fresh in every bakery this time of year. My husband used to surprise me with bakery breakfast now and then and this was always my favorite.

Janvangogh said...

Love apple pancake

JackPacker said...

oh my god. That reminds me of a very happy day in the train station in Amsterdam. They had an awesome restaurant inside the station that totally transported us to a different time in history. Our Dutch hosts recommended beer with the pancakes and I'm glad I complied! Mmmm...beer and pancakes!

Ashley said...

Mmmmm

Anonymous said...

I made this over the weekend! Yum, yum, yum!

Thank you...

Julie & Captain said...

Delicious! I made it tonight!

I think Swiss Ms. and I would get along just great!

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