Monday, February 6, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

I had these 2 ingredients staring at me in the frig, just waiting to be used in some creation:
Have you had this cinnamon sugar butter yet from Land O Lakes?  This is the second container I've picked up "free" using the instore special and my coupon which gets doubled.  It's heavenly!  It tastes very similar to the spread they give you at Texas Road House.  I had a hard time finding it for awhile, but I saw it in stock at Giant Eagle a few weeks ago and it's been staring at me in the frig since then.

I don't remember where I first read about these Apple Cinnamon PancakesI think I might have seen the blogpost referenced on Menu Plan Monday over at orgjunkie.com, but I'm not positive.

All I know is that we loved these Apple Cinnamon Pancakes back in early fall when we had more fresh handpicked apples than we knew what to do with, and they were delicious again this past Sunday for our weekly Sunday brunch.  My husband said it was "a bit of autumn bliss right here in February".  The addition of the cinnamon butter on top makes them extra delicious.  I added a side of ham (from that big ham I bought last week on sale at Kroger for $1.49/lb) and just warmed it a bit on the griddle after I cooked the pancakes.  Our brunch was ready after church in less than 30 minutes.  We all cleaned our plates.

Here's the recipe:

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
1 1/4 cup flour
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup milk
1/2 cup applesauce
1 egg
2 Tbsp melted butter or oil
1 apple, peeled and chopped

1.  In medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
2.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
3.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, whisking as you go.
4.  Fold in the chopped apple.
5.  Cook pancakes on hot griddle. 
(Flip them when they start to form bubbles on the top of the surface and the bottom starts to brown.  Cook them on the second side until steam begins to rise from the center of the pancake.)

Serve warm with cinnamon butter and syrup.  Dust plate with additional cinnamon if you want it to look more like a restaurant.

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
Pure Autumn Bliss ready to be enjoyed any time of year

What's the best dish you've created using a "free" ingredient?

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