Cooking for Students Caramelised Apple Pancakes with Pecans

Caramelised Apple Pancakes with Pecans

Posted on June 3, 2015 by Cooking for Students

There is nothing like starting the day with a serving of pancakes. One pancake variation that every college student must try is caramelized apple pancakes with pecans. They are sweet, have a bold cinnamon flavor, crunch from the pecans and the smell in unbelievably good. Although the dish may look complicated all you need is a box of your favorite pancake mix, an apple, pecans and a few other simple ingredients that you probably have on hand. Once you have your ingredients you make the apples, a serving of pancakes and you are done!

What’s in it?

  • Pancake mix
  • Water
  • 1 small apple (Gala or Fuji works best)
  • 3-4 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Chopped pecans
  • Vegetable oil

*Serves 1

How’s it made?

  1. Peel and core the apple.
  2. Cut it into slices and places into a small saucepan with the brown sugar and butter.
  3. Turn the heat to medium and allow the butter to melt.
  4. As the butter melts stir it into the sugar. This is what creates a caramel.
  5. When the caramel begins to form and starts to bubble add a small splash of water to prevent it from getting too thick (no more than half a tablespoon). Add the cinnamon.
  6. Stir and cover. Reduce heat to low and cook for 7-10 minutes (this will help the apples cook down).
  7. Mix pancake batter according to the packaging instructions (two pancakes per serving).
  8. Heat a skillet over medium and add a little oil to prevent sticking.
  9. Cook pancakes until the top begins to bubble then flip and cook on the other side until golden brown.
  10. Remove from the skillet and plate.
  11. Check on your apples and stir. Don’t they smell delicious?
  12. Sprinkle pecans on top of the pancakes or add them to the apples if desired.
  13. Finish with caramelized apples and dig in.

You are going to obsess over these pancakes. They are just that good. Caramelized apples are the perfect way to spruce up some plain pancake mix. Apples cooked down with brown sugar gives them a rich, deep flavor and the addition of cinnamon makes then even better. The thing is, the apples manage to maintain some of their crispness which is quite refreshing. These pancakes are sort of the breakfast version of fresh apple pie. If you want to brighten things up a bit consider adding about a tablespoon of lemon juice to the apples for more acidity.