Gray, rainy, cold. Today is just one of those days where my favorite quilt, Kindle and a hot cup of tea sound really good. Add in that it’s Friday, at the end of a busy week, and it becomes downright irresistible.
It’s days like this where comfort food comes calling as well. Usually, I think of soup, but anything warm and homemade will do the trick.
The warm, spicy addition of cinnamon to the batter will fill your kitchen as they are rising on the griddle. Comfort. Add a spoonful of warm apples over top and you just about have perfection. The flavors of fall on a plate. Great for breakfast, even better for supper.
There are so many variations you could take on this fruit topping…pears, dried cranberries or golden raisins, a dash of pumpkin pie spice. Yum!
Cinnamon Pancakes with Apple Topping
Pancake batter adapted from ‘The Joy of Vegan Baking’
makes 8-10 pancakes
1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup nondairy milk
2 tablespoons Earth Balance or butter
3 tablespoons maple syrup or orange juice
Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl combine the milk, butter and maple syrup (or orange juice).
Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and mix just until moistened; a few lumps are okay. Over-mixing makes for tough pancakes.
Heat a nonstick griddle over medium -high heat (I set mine at 325 degrees).
Pour the batter onto the heated griddle, about a 1/4 cup each. Cook the pancakes for a couple of minutes until bubbles appear on the surface. Slide a spatula under the pancake and flip it over. Cook the pancakes on the other side for another 2 minutes or until golden brown.
2-3 apples, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon Earth Balance (or butter)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup of water
In a skillet, on medium heat, melt the butter. Pour in the apples, and saute until just tender. Add in the maple syrup, cinnamon and water. Continue cooking (and stirring) until it reaches a syrup-like consistency.
While still warm pour topping over individual servings of pancakes.
Since we are on the subject of apples this week, I thought I would mention for local folks that the ‘Apple Jack’ Festival is this weekend in Nebraska City. Lots of gorgeous apples are ripe for the picking!