I read this article in the smh the other day about a study that’s been done which found eating dessert with your breakfast can help you lose weight. Hooray for that I say! I’ve never needed a study to tell me it’s okay to eat cake and biscuits for breaky, I’d have a sweet breakfast over a savoury one every day of the week given the choice.
This week the little minkeys have been poorly with a cold and we’ve all been grumpy so the other morning I decided to make these apple pancakes for breakfast with Sun. They distracted him from the snot for a whole 15 minutes and that was reason enough to make them. They’re really easy, super quick and so heavenly that they can drag me out of the grumpiest of grumps.
Pancakes with Caramelised Apple
**Makes about 8 small thick pancakes. I like mine American style, but if you like them thinner just add a touch more milk.
2 tbsp butter, melted
135g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp caster sugar
For the apples:
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp soft dark brown sugar
Place all the dry ingredients into a bowl and set aside.
In a separate bowl whisk the egg and milk together. Add the melted butter and stir. Gradually pour the wet mixture into the dry mix, stirring as you add until you have a smooth batter.
Leave for a couple of minutes for the baking powder to start working its magic.
Meanwhile, peel the apples, remove the core and slice thinly. Put a small saucepan over a medium heat and melt the butter. Once melted, add the sugar and cinnamon and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the apples, stir to coat in the butter, turn the heat down to low and cook gently for 5 or so minutes until the apples have softened. Keep a little eye on them and stir occasionally to make sure they’re coated in the buttery goodness.
To cook the pancakes, put a heavy non-stick frypan on a medium heat and melt a knob of butter. Place a large tablespoon of mixture into the pan and cook until bubbles start to appear through the pancake. Turn gently and cook for a further 2 or 3 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a warm plate and cover with a clean teatowel to keep warm while you make the rest.
Once all the pancakes are cooked, serve them with some of the apples and butter sauce. Heaven on a plate and good for the waist line too according to the brainiacs at Tel Aviv University. *cough cough*