Having two parents with a European background (my mom immigrated from Holland when she was 12 and my dad’s parents came from Romania) we tended to eat some “unusual” foods growing up. I have to admit, sometimes I would take a bite and think, “Why don’t we have a dog I can feed this to?!” But then, there were other dishes that I would take a bite of and think, “Mmmm…more, please!”
This Dutch Apple Pancake is one of those this-is-so-good-it’s-like-eating-dessert-for-breakfast kind of dishes. My mom would pull it out of the oven and immediately put pats of REAL butter all over it (because real was always the only option) and then, before it even had a chance to melt, she would sprinkle (HEAVILY sprinkle) powdered sugar all over it! The sugar would melt together with the butter causing this yellowish gooey goodness…amazing!
I make this recipe in my cast iron skillet. BUT, if you don’t have a cast iron skillet, you can prepare the apples and then pour everything into a 9×13 pan and it will still do the trick.
(PS – If you do want a cast iron skillet, this Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet gets great reviews and will cost you ~$14 on Amazon.)
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 T butter *optional additional 2T butter if using a 9×13 pan
- 2 large apples, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- pinch salt
- powdered sugar
- additional butter
In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, flour and vanilla. Stir until just blended. Let your batter settle and thicken a bit while you prepare your apples.
Preheat your oven to 450°. *If using a 9×13″ pan, add 2 T of butter to your pan and place in the oven while it is preheating.
Wash, peel, core and slice your apples.
In your skillet or pan, melt 2 Tablespoons of butter over high heat. Add apples, cinnamon and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the apples are golden brown and tender (about 5 to 7 minutes).
Pour your prepared batter evenly over your apples. *If you are transferring your apples to a 9×13 prepared pan, you would do that first, and then pour the batter over your apples.
Place your skillet or pan in the oven and bake until the pancake is golden brown and puffed up (12 to 15 minutes).
Immediately add butter and powdered sugar and serve while warm. Enjoy!