There is something about the smell of pancakes filling the kitchen on a quiet morning, drinking a dark cup of coffee, & lazing about in your pajamas. There is also a process, if you will, to making pancakes. You always ruin the first cake because the pan is not quite hot enough, the kitchen tends to look like a disaster hit it when you are done, & then there is the last lonely pancake that you have to eat, leaving you feeling completely over indulged. But these are the things that make a pancake morning, special.
Pancakes can also be a perfect vehicle for seasonal fruits, spices, & toppings. Today, was all about autumn. In Maine, it is brisk, sunny, breezy, clear, & just so perfect. Our first apples are out at the markets, so it was my immediate choice for breakfast. Check out some of my past pancake recipes for some other ideas: vanilla buttermilk pancakes, blueberry pancakes, spiced apple pancakes, & almond coconut pancakes with berry syrup.
Spiced Almond Meal Pancakes
Adapted from Roost
makes 8-10 medium-sized pancakes
1 cup almond flour
1/4 tsp coarse sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 of a whole nutmeg. grated
1 large overripe banana
2 free range eggs
olive oil spray
butter, honey, &/or Maine maple syrup for topping
- In a food processor, add the dry ingredients & blitz for about 30 seconds. Add the banana & eggs & blitz for another 30 seconds.
Heat a non-stick griddle pan or skillet & spray with olive oil. Pour batter into 4-inch rounds (I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup). Cook and flip until each side is done.
- Remove from pan & spread with butter (or coconut oil). Drizzle with honey or Maine maple syrup.
Broiled Cinnamon Apples
1 medium sized apple, peeled, cored, & sliced
1/4 cup + 1TBL water or apple cider
2 TBL honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon
- In a cast iron pan over medium heat, stir apples, 1/4 cup water, honey, & cinnamon together. Let it cook over medium heat until the liquid is almost evaporated.
- Meanwhile, preheat your broiler. Add the TBL of water to pan & move your cast iron onto the top rack of the oven. Broil for about 8 minutes, until the apples are tender (but still have texture). Serve next to, or on top of the pancakes.