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Apple Pancake Rings

My kids love pancakes. I love pancakes. But I also want to give a little more nutrition at breakfast than what is essentially all doughy bready goodness…dipped in sugar. So when I saw this recipe, I thought I’d give it a try. My kids picked the cinnamon pancake from around the apples. Epic Mommy fail. Guess I’ll have to stick to making pancakes with applesauce mixed into the batter. My husband (and I) loved these though. They were a welcome change from the same ol’ same ol’ Saturday morning pancake breakfast. The apple cider syrup that goes along with them is delicious too. Perfectly tart/sweet. Mmmm.

Start with the apple cider syrup. Combine cider, lemon juice and zest with some cinnamon and set it a simmering on your stove top. I just broke a cinnamon stick in half and let it dunk in the liquid while it boiled.

Then mix up your pancake batter. I used a Bisquick base batter but any thick pancake batter would do.

Add some pumpkin pie spice and a little lemon zest to your batter and mix well.

Slice and core two apples. I don’t have an apple corer so I used the top of a pastry bag (circle) and a mini square cookie cutter I had. Couldn’t decide if I wanted circles or squares. So I did both.

Dip the apple slices into the batter and set them on a hot griddle. Honestly, I tried the toothpick dip thing that the recipe suggested but ended up just using my fingers to dip. I don’t mind getting a little dirty.

Fry one side until golden then flip.

While the apple pancakes are cooking, check on your syrup. If it needs more liquid (has reduced by too much) add a little more apple cider until it’s the consistancy of syrup.

Softened apples getting an all around hug from a  spiced pancake? Oh yes please!

Dip and eat. Delightful!

Apple Cider Syrup

Apple cider

Lemon juice and zest

Cinnamon

To make hot apple cider syrup: Add apple cider, lemon juice and zest, and cinnamon to a saucepan and bring to a boil. (Use your own comfort/judgement with how much to mix.) Reduce the liquid to a syrup consistency, by half.

Apple Ring Pancakes

(from ABC’s The Chew)

1 Cup Bisquick Baking Mix

1 Egg

1/2 Cup Milk

1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

Zest of 1/2 Lemon

2 Medium Apples, pared and cored

1. Beat baking mix, egg and milk with rotary beater until smooth. Add pumpkin pie spice and lemon zest to batter and mix until incorporated.

2. Grease griddle.

3. Core and cut apples crosswise in 1/8-inch slices.

4. Using a toothpick dip slices into batter. Cook on hot griddle until golden brown, turning once. Serve hot with apple cider syrup.

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