Apple Pancakes

March 2, 2015Sew White

Apple pancakes are an incredible way to celebrate brunch, birthdays and of course pancake day. These easy breakfast pancakes are not only health pancakes filled with fresh apple but they also taste incredible too. I love the mix of fresh apple which adds a little crunch to the soft stack of apple pancakes. Scroll down for the apple pancakes recipe.

I love topping my apple pancakes with lots of fresh fruit but but a good swirl of maple syrup also tastes really wonderful. When I made this batch I served the apple pancakes with kiwi, strawberries and pears. It is a wonderful way to start the day. This my take on the American stacked pancakes.

Apple pancakes topped with grated apple on top of a bed of fresh strawberries and kiwi.

There is nothing better than a delicious stack of pancakes with fresh fruit and they happen to make a meal. Pancakes are a fun, easy and quick breakfast to make no matter your age. Unlike Jamie Oliver’s pancakes are a bit different to mine but I think these are equally as delicious and just as beautiful.

How to make apple pancakes?

Apple pancakes are so easy to make and produce a really healthy version of the traditional pancake. The grated apple adds some more natural goodness as well as gorgeous flavour. The recipe is as simple whisking everything together in a mixing bowl. Then spooning dollops out and cooking in a frying pan until golden brown

fluffy apple pancakes on a plate and ready to served

What apples should I use for apple pancakes?

Apple pancakes work best with a sharp flavoured apple. Cooking apples don’t work as they are too bitter and can make them taste pretty bad. My choice for apples is the Granny Smith. It is tart enough to combine with the sweeter pancake mix and make a great flavour pancake. It also cooks really well and keeps that little bit of bite.

Can I eat apple pancakes cold?

Yes absolutely. I often use up any left over batter to make a few to eat later that day or use them for lunch boxes. You can also keep the batter in the fridge for 1 day if you want to have some more hot later. The apple can go a little brown this way but it will taste nice.

golden brown fluffy apple pancakes topped with grated apple and maple syrup

Making spiced apple pancakes

Making these spiced apple pancakes really takes them to the next level. It is only a little addition to achieve this morish and rich version of my apple pancakes.

Make this recipe as stated below (keep scrolling down for the apple pancake recipe) however when you have whisked up the ingredients, but before you’ve added the apple, add a pinch of your favourite spice.

Spices you can use are;

  • cinnamon (my favourite)
  • ground cloves
  • ground ginger
  • mixed spice (UK ready made mix of winter/pumpkin spices)
  • a little nutmeg if you use cinnamon as they go well together

Spiced apple pancakes are next level but even with out the spice they are wonderful and you can’t go wrong either way you do it.

Kitchen gadgets for perfect for apple pancakes

To make this delicious breakfast I used a brilliant product from OXO which have become family favourites; the complete grate and slice set . It is a piece of kit I’ve always wanted and it’s really useful. The grate and slice set is so brilliant. It has 4 options, 2 graters and 2 slicers.

OXO good grips grater set

They come in a fabulous box which means they tidy away neatly and it stops fingers getting cut as the lid clips on. The box base holds a stand for the grater or slicer and when you cut falls into box. It certainly helps this messy puppy make a lot less mess when making apple pancakes.

Safety wise the grater is held in the box so shouldn’t or fall out when it’s being used. I used the large grater for the apple as I want the apple to be noticeable in the pancakes.

OXO Good Grips Grater set

I then went back to the slicer and cut up the strawberries, kiwi and pear to make them more fun than regular chunks. It was nice to have beautifully thin pieces of kiwi.

grating apple on the OXO grating set for the apple panckes

The strawberry was a little soft to slice but I managed to get enough good pieces from 3 strawberries and ate the evidence of the ones which didn’t. For the pear, to add a different texture, I used the julienne slicer. The pear worked so perfectly and the result was so much better than I thought. Even though the pear was ripe it didn’t break and I think it really worked as decoration on top of the pancakes.

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Apple Pancakes easy to make recipe

Here are the fabulous apple pancake stack. The recipe makes about 20 medium pancakes, perfect for a good stack for 4 people or a super stack for a family of three.

How do you make apple pancakes from scratch?

Making apple pancakes from scratch is so easy and one of the best pancake brunch recipes.

The best way to get the best results form apple pancakes is to make sure the apple is grated to a medium thickness. Too thick and it’s hard to mix in and too thin and it goes a bit to liquid.

If when you grate your apple its very damp using kitchen paper or a cloth to absorb some of the liquid. This will help keep the pancakes together when they cook.

This is how I made apple pancakes.

  1. Melt the butter on a low heat and remove to cool slightly.

2) In a large bowl mix together the butter, egg, milk and finely grated apple.

3) Weigh out the flour, sugar, baking powder and spices into a bowl.

4) Sieve in the flour mix to the wet ingredients and whisk until you get a medium thick mix. You don’t want it too runny. The mix will not be completely smooth because of the grated apple.

5) Get a heavy based pan or griddle or frying pan nice and hot and drop spoonfuls of mix on to get the size you want. You might need a little butter if your pan isn’t non stick. My apple pancakes were about 2 tablespoons of mix each.

6) After a minute see how brown the pancakes are and if they are starting to brown flip them. If they aren’t completely cooked you can flip them back over.

7) Put the finished on a warm plate and cover with a clean towel to keep warm while you make more for the stack.

They are lovely with a drizzle of maple syrup but to make it more special, I would recommend fresh fruit. Especially strawberries, kiwi and pears. The flavours work so well together with the pancakes.

What kind of flour is best for pancakes?

There is a lot of talk about what kind of flour is best for pancakes. Depending on the style of pancakes the good news is that plain or self raising can both work.

For traditional English pancakes and French style crepes, plain flour is the best choice as it keeps the finished pancake flat and easy to fold if you want to add something into the middle. I love a crepe filled with goodies like Nutella and strawberries if I want a sweet crepe or ham and cheese if I want a savoury one.

For chunky American style pancakes self-raising flour is best. It helps the pancakes rise and look beautiful.

Ta-Da! The finished pancakes perfect for Mother’s Day, pancake day or any day when pancakes would be a delicious treat.

Apple pancakes on a white and green plate on a white table ready to be served.

What happens if you use plain flour instead of self raising flour for pancakes?

If you use plain flour instead of self raising flour for pancakes they will be flatter. If you add a little more milk you can turn them into crepe style pancakes as they need a little more milk to thin out slightly.

The main difference between each flour is one will make the pancakes rise and one will not. The taste itself won’t be too be different but its delicious either way. The texture might change slightly but you can see by the milk if you need to add extra to make it a smooth batter.

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Apple Pancakes

Sisley White
Apple pancakes are an incredible way to celebrate brunch, birthdays and of course pancake day. This easy breakfast pancakes are not only healthy pancakes filled with fresh apple but they also take incredible too. I love the mix of fresh apple which adds a little crunch to soft stack of pancakes recipe.
5 from 22 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, English, International
Servings 2 people
Calories 733 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • weighing scales
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • Grater
  • Wooden spoon
  • Frying Pan

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 Granny smith apple grated
  • 60 g unsalted butter melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 250 ml milk
  • 175 g plain flour / all purpose flour
  • 20 g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • half a teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • half a teaspoon ground ginger
  • tiny pinch of nutmeg if you fancy

Instructions
 

  • Melt the butter on a low heat and remove to cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl mix together the butter, egg, milk and grated apple.
  • In a bowl weigh out the flour, sugar, baking powder and spices.
  • Sieve in the flour mix to the wet ingredients and whisk until you get a medium thick mix. You don’t want it too runny. The mix will not be completely smooth because of the grated apple.
  • Get a heavy based pan or griddle nice and hot and drop spoonfuls of mix on to get the size you want. You might need a little butter if your pan isn’t non stick. My pancakes were about 2 tablespoons of mix each.
  • After a minute see how brown the pancakes are and if they are starting to brown flip them. If they aren’t completely cooked you can flip them back later.
  • – Put the finished on a warm plate and cover with a clean towel to keep warm while you make more for the stack.
  • – They are lovely with a drizzle of maple syrup but to make it more special, I would recommend fresh fruit. Especially strawberries, kiwi and pears. The flavours work so well together with the pancakes.

Notes

•Best served hot from the pan.
•Can be eaten cold later.
•Tastes wonderful with fresh fruit, maple syrup or even ice cream.
•Run a plate under hot water to heat it up and when the pancakes are ready pop them on the warm plate and cover with a tea towel if you want to make more and serve them together.
•To make these even more special turn them in to spiced apple pancakes. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon or mixed spice (UK blend of pumpkin spices).

Nutrition

Calories: 733kcalCarbohydrates: 96gProtein: 17gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 170mgSodium: 307mgPotassium: 390mgFiber: 5gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 1136IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 299mgIron: 5mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

Keyword apple pancakes, easy apple pancakes, fluffy apple pancakes, healthy apple pancakes, pancakes with milk, spiced apple pancakes, spiced pancakes
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32 Comments

  • Multicultural Motherhood

    March 12, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    We love pancakes in our house but havent tried apple pancakes before. They look delicious, will definitely be going them a go. Also, I love that the grater lid can help you not to cut your fingers. Genius!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 13, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Thank you. I think they look really good too. I will have to make more as I got so hungry writing them up. The grater with lid is brilliant. I am so bad at cutting myself on graters. It’s nice to know when putting my hand into the cupboard I’m not going to cut myself.

  • jen

    March 12, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    I shouldn’t be reading this when I am fasting today. They look so delicious.
    Jen x
    5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 13, 2015 at 9:41 am

      I hope your fast goes well. Enjoy these pancakes when you can x

  • Fiver Feeds

    March 13, 2015 at 12:01 am

    This looks so lovely, nice work!5 stars

  • Mariyah

    March 13, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Yum, I love pancakes! Though my mom isn’t a fan, as she loves crepes. Maybe drizzling pancakes with chocolate and some fruit will change her mind!

    Lovely recipe and ideas, thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Ree x5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 13, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Drizzling with chocolate would be really really good!

  • Amy

    March 13, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Oh my goodness these look and sound absolutely delicious! x5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 13, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Thank you x

  • Mrs P

    March 13, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Looks so good and Yummy I have never thought about doing a apple pancake before5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 13, 2015 at 11:16 am

      They are really good. I prefer them to regular pancakes now.

  • Kelly

    March 13, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Beautiful!! Such a gorgeous photo, and wonderful recipe to boot! 😀 Nice to meet you! 😀5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 16, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Thank you so much. It’s very sweet of you x I hope you like the recipe

  • Kavita Favelle

    March 15, 2019 at 9:36 am

    I love Oxo kitchen products, they’re so well designed, sturdy, safe to use and last well.
    These breakfast pancakes look delish, and healthy too!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 20, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      Me too. They are great gadgets and makes prep so much quicker.

  • Janice

    March 20, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Such a pretty recipe and a lovely Mother’s Day treat.5 stars

    1. Sew White

      April 3, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you so much Janice.

  • Jacqueline Meldrum

    March 27, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Those look great and what a good way to start your five-a-day or even ten-a-day. Nice looking grater too. I could have fun with that! Sharing!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      April 6, 2019 at 8:10 pm

      Thank you so much. It was a delicious breakfast!

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  • Carrie Carvalho

    January 19, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Love pancakes for breakfast, especially with fruit! I’ve never tried Apple Pancakes before but these sound delicious and easy to make too!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      January 20, 2021 at 11:01 am

      Pancakes are such a joy. They only seem to be happy! Thank you for leaving a comment x

  • Melissa

    January 20, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    These look very delicious and I love how you have them garnished with fresh fruit too!5 stars

  • Cat | Curly’s Cooking

    January 23, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    I love the sound of adding apple to pancakes! And the spices are perfect too.5 stars

    1. Sew White

      January 24, 2021 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you Cat <3

  • Midge @ Peachicks’ Bakery

    January 24, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Oooh we love an apple pancake in this house! These look yummy! Def Pinning for Later 🙂5 stars

    1. Sew White

      January 24, 2021 at 10:24 pm

      I’m glad they are as popular there too!

  • Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    January 26, 2021 at 9:22 am

    YUM! I love apple pancakes 😀 And I especially love how you’ve served these – with all that fruit – delicious 😀5 stars

    1. Sew White

      January 28, 2021 at 1:14 pm

      thank you, I love fresh fruit, it makes me so happy to serve it with everything when I can.

  • Chloe Edges

    January 26, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    I am sooooo excited about pancake day, I can’t wait to try all the varieties!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      January 28, 2021 at 1:14 pm

      Pancake day is the gift that keeps on giving. Savoury and sweet options to fill the whole day.

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