If it makes sense sometimes to eat breakfast for dinner, why not breakfast for dessert? These pancakes are perfect for the fall, when apples are in season and warm gingerbread spices are on the mind. My apple of choice is the Golden Delicious because when cooked, it becomes honeyed, rich and intense, but you can use any apple that holds its shape. Just don't try this with McIntosh; they disintegrate into mush.
Recipe courtesy of Sara Moulton
Total:
25 min
Active:
5 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 large Golden Delicious apples, peeled and sliced (about 1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for cooking the pancakes

Directions

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. In a large skillet melt the butter over medium heat. Add the apples and cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Stir in the brown sugar, 2 tablespoons water, lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook until the mixture starts to bubble, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Transfer apple mixture to a serving dish and set aside. Meanwhile, in a small bowl stir together the flour, granulated sugar, ginger, remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking powder, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. In glass measuring cup, combine 1/4 cup water, the egg, molasses, and vegetable oil. Add to the flour mixture and stir with a fork until the mixture is just combined, but not smooth. Add additional water if necessary to reach the consistency of pancake batter. Brush a nonstick skillet with a little oil; heat over medium-low heat. Add the gingerbread mixture to the skillet a generous tablespoonful at a time and spread to make a 2 1/2-inch round; cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Turn and brown on the other side, 3 to 4 minutes. Repeat until all the batter has been used. Keep the pancakes warm in the oven until all have been cooked. Transfer and divide the pancakes among 4 warmed serving plates and top each serving with a quarter of the apple mixture.

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