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experimenting with pancakes

I’ve been playing around with pancakes. A few weeks ago I wanted to use some apple slices in a pancake so I put some on top then sprinkled it with cinnamon and sugar and slid it under the broiler so it had a crunchy top. Last weekend I did the same thing but with a pear and just sugar. I think I’m on to something.

I made some basic pancake batter from How To Cook Everything, and added a little vanilla to the batter because I was feeling fancy. I poured a thick pancake into a small pan, put thin pear slices on top and covered it with some foil. After the bubbles had risen and the pancake had cooked to the point the top surface looked almost done. I sprinkled it with sugar and put it under the broiler. (If I had thought ahead I would have used my small cast iron pan so I could have just moved it from stove to oven.)

We had plenty of pancake batter left over so we made a cinnamon sugar pancake the same way.

This one had a satisfyingly crunchy top but I didn’t think it was cinnamon-y enough.

Next I have an idea that involves gathering a few special ingredients together.

· comments [36] · 10-15-2008 · categories:food ·

36 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kitt // Oct 15, 2008 at 9:09 am

    That looks delicious! Very creative. Have you tried making a German pancake yet? You bake it in the oven in a cast-iron pan. Also excellent with fruit on top.

  • 2 shawnna // Oct 15, 2008 at 9:10 am

    yumm! looks amazing. thanks for the tip.

  • 3 megan // Oct 15, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Kitt – I’ve made a Dutch baby pancake, is that what you’re talking about?

  • 4 jamie // Oct 15, 2008 at 10:13 am

    my mouth is watering looking at these. what kind of pear did you use?

  • 5 Emily // Oct 15, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Oh wowsers that looks good! We’ve been eating more pancakes lately, and we have several pounds of apples from the orchard. Methinks we’ll have to try this method…

  • 6 megan // Oct 15, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Jamie – I don’t know for sure, we bought them at a farm stand. It had a dusty red skin.

  • 7 Linda // Oct 15, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Yum. Looks good!

  • 8 Dawn H // Oct 15, 2008 at 10:49 am

    mmmm! can I come over for breakfast? = )

  • 9 kate // Oct 15, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Nice job on the pictures! and the pancakes look tasty too.


  • 10 iron stef // Oct 15, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    I predict that one of the special ingredients you will use is bacon.

    my guy has been experimenting with pancakes, too. Mostly his involve oatmeal.

    that apple one looks so good. those edges!!

  • 11 iron stef // Oct 15, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    i mean pear one. not apple. not that apple wouldn’t be lovely as well.

  • 12 food librarian // Oct 15, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Seriously, these look fantastic. And that new camera seems to working out very well!! Lovely composure and styling by you too!

  • 13 megan // Oct 15, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Iron Stef – ding ding ding!

    Food Librarian – Thanks, but as for styling I was only trying to make sure there were no dirty dishes showing up in the backgrounds :)

  • 14 Sarah // Oct 15, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Heh, that’s my styling rule too. And no splatters from the stove either.

    This is so pretty! It just SCREAMS happy, delicious morning. :)

  • 15 Dana McCauley // Oct 15, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    love, love, love that pinwheel topped pancake!

  • 16 Joanna Schmidt // Oct 15, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    I am loving your photos…..

  • 17 Lecia // Oct 15, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    These look great – I’m going to try them this weekend!

  • 18 Jenny // Oct 15, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Sweet! I take it mind-blowing Halloween creations are in the works!

  • 19 Valencia // Oct 15, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Awesome pancakes!

  • 20 abby! // Oct 15, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    those look soul-crushingly delicious. making immediately. thank you!

  • 21 Cecelia // Oct 16, 2008 at 2:55 am

    mm, sounds really good. I think I’ll try it with rhubarbs- that cannot fail.

  • 22 KenWritez // Oct 16, 2008 at 5:32 am

    Yowza! Serious nummers. Visually pleasing as well. You did a great job with the presentation and the photography!

    I prefer savory breakfast foods (mmmmm, garlic sausage!), so you’ve made me wonder what I could accomplish with a pancake base and a savory topping.


    -Smoked gouda cheese with ham?
    -Cream cheese and caramelized onion?
    -Thin-sliced teriyaki flank steak with green onion?
    -Lump crabmeat in hollandaise?
    -Fried eggs (2)?
    -Crumbled pork sausage cooked in coconut milk and lemongrass?

    Endless possibilities!

  • 23 Made by Cara // Oct 16, 2008 at 5:41 am

    Oh wow – what a fab idea for the pancakes. I’ve just been given a crate of apples – and I’ve plenty of eggs, so I’m off to experiment with this tonight. Many many yummy thanks!!!

  • 24 arina // Oct 16, 2008 at 10:51 am

    The Dutch do this, it’s quite tasty! We used to do apples and Gouda cheese, bacon, eggs, and whatever you can imagine (my family’s Dutch). My favorite is rum raisin (soak raisins in rum all day and then drop them into the pancakes). Yum!

  • 25 Ani // Oct 16, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Oh my god my eyes just exploded with happiness!

  • 26 megan // Oct 16, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Arina – Oh, those all sound fantastic.

  • 27 Ken Albala // Oct 16, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Fellow Pancake Enthusiasts: May I beg your kind indulgence in bringing to your attention a new book that may be of interest, written by yours truly, entitled Pancake, just released yesterday from Reaktion Books and available on amazon and Barnes and Noble. Both pleasant and diverting, filled with historical anecdotes and pancake ephemera from around the world. Plus delightful recipes.
    Yours, Ken Albala

  • 28 Kate // Oct 17, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    What gorgeous pancakes! They elevate the quick-breads you get at late-nite diners to a sophisticated level.

  • 29 Allison // Oct 18, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Looks lovely! Can’t wait to try it– reminds me of Swiss Ms’s German Apple Pancake here:

  • 30 Allison // Oct 18, 2008 at 9:06 am

    I was just wondering about your experiments…

    I’ve made Bacon Chocolate Chip cookies before, I wonder if they would work in a pancake? Bacon and Chocolate chips with maple topping in there somehow…hmmmm… I may have to experiment myself!

  • 31 Letty // Oct 18, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Have you ever tried a German Apple Pancake?
    You should try it.

  • 32 Anna Lloyd // Oct 19, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Looks delicious!

  • 33 nia // Oct 19, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Those look fabulous and I agree with everyone else the dutch baby/pannekoeken comments, YUM.

    Have you thought about taking an upsidedown cake approach to this? cooking sugar (butter?) and apple slices in a pan then pouring the batter over it?

  • 34 mandy // Oct 21, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Yum! I wish it wasn’t midnight because I want to go make this right now.

  • 35 Katie in Berkeley // Oct 21, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Now THAT’S an idea. I shall make one of these with my bevy of pears post-haste.

  • 36 // Apr 12, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Wow! A lovely prepared pancake with apple.
    Nice photographies!
    Greetings from Germany.

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