Sunday, May 16, 2010

Day 135: Emeril's German Apple Pancakes

I hope everyone is having a beautiful Sunday!  The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the bees are buzzing.  Who could ask for more?  German pancakes are a favorite at our house.  My oldest son, Colton, loves to make them.  We have them for dinner, breakfast, after school... You get the idea.  They are easy and quick, and sweet and delicious.  Since my days are so stinking busy lately, we had a quick dinner, and these were on the menu.

Emeril's German Apple Pancakes
12" dutch oven

4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup whole milk
1 cup flour
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbs. butter
2 large apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
pinch salt
powdered sugar for  serving
maple syrup, for serving

In a large bowl, combing the eggs, milk, flour and vanilla extract and whisk until just blended.  Be careful not to over mix.  Set the batter aside to rest while you prepare the apples.
In you dutch oven, over about 20 coals, melt 2 Tbs. butter and add the apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  Cook, stirring frequently, until the apples are soft and lightly golden around the edges, about 6-8 minutes.  Add the sugar and cook, stirring, until the apples are caramelized and very soft, 2-3 minutes longer.  Add the remaining tablespoon of butter and stir to melt. 
Quickly pour the batter evenly over the top of the apples.  Bake at 450*, using 22 coals on top and 11 on the bottom, for 20 minutes or until it is golden brown and puffed.  It will puff up almost to the top of your DO.  To serve, sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with maple syrup.  Makes 1 12" pancake.

The Finished Product

I will the pic could show how puffy they are!

I  tried to get a good pic of the apple layer, but they were so soft they just fell off the spoon!

The Review

This is the best German pancake I have ever had!  It is perfectly spiced and the caramelized apples were wonderful.  I really wish I had thought this one up.  It is really easy to prepare.  This will become our new go to German Pancake recipe!  I had a hard time sharing it.  It is so sweet and good, you could serve it with ice cream as a dessert!  It would be a good camping recipe too!  We gave this an A.

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