Are you ready to take your breakfast or brunch to the next level with my Apple Pancakes?

With just one bite, they’ll warm you up on crisp mornings and I’m certain they’ll become one of your favorite recipes to start the day.

This recipe dates back to my childhood. My mom was a school teacher and this delicious apple pancake recipe was usually made for her school’s holiday staff luncheon.

I can remember helping grate the apples and stirring the warm cinnamon cider sauce. Let’s face it, you have some major flavors going on here… apples, cinnamon and cider. Even in my childhood home in southern California, I knew these flavors equalled fall!

And let me just say, the cinnamon cider sauce that you drizzle over these is out of this world. It’s not as sweet and sticky as syrup, but it adds a finish to these apple pancakes that your tastebuds will love. Here’s a little hint… you’ll want to pour on a little extra to dip your bacon and sausage in too. Don’t shake your head….you’ll see!

Final note on these apple pancakes. The dollop of sour cream on the top is the most amazing finishing touch (even if you don’t like sour cream). When it blends with the cinnamon cider sauce and then you bite into the apple pancakes…one word. YUM!

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes with Warmed Cider Sauce

Ingredients

Pancakes:

  • 2 cups pancake or biscuit mix
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/3 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup apples, grated
  • Sour cream (optional garnish)
  • Créme fraiche (optional garnish)
  • Greek yogurt (optional garnish)

Cider Sauce:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter or margarine

Directions

  1. To make the pancakes, combine the biscuit mix, cinnamon, egg, and milk, then stir in the apples last. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop the batter onto a hot griddle to ensure evenly sized pancakes. Cook until lightly brown on both sides. Keep the pancakes warm in the oven while you make the sauce.
  2. To prepare the sauce, combine the cornstarch and spices in a small sauce pan. Add the cider and lemon juice and cook over low heat, stirring often, until the mixture gently boils and thickens. (If the sauce doesn’t thicken, add a little more cornstarch.) Remove the pan from the heat and add the butter. Immediately serve it over your finished pancakes and garnish with a dollop of sour cream, créme fraiche, or Greek yogurt, if desired.

If breakfast and brunch are your thing, be sure to try my mom’s sock it to me cake recipe. It’s a delicious coffeecake to wake up to! And if you’re back in the routine of morning breakfast with your kiddos now that school is (kind of) back in session, be sure to check out my list of breakfast essentials to make the first meal of the day easy to fix!

I know we aren’t in the middle of fall at this time of the year, but these pancakes sure bring about that fall feeling.

I think fall is my favorite time of year to transition the decor of my home. My 50 fabulous fall finds offers all kinds of ideas on decorating and finding the right pieces for your harvest home.

I’m a sucker for anything pumpkin… in flavor, color or shape! So I suppose bringing that touch into my home is like saying hi to an old friend. Fall is all about comfort and being cozy. Who doesn’t need and want that?

I hope you enjoy baking up a batch of my apple pancakes to bring that comfort and cozy feeling to your family this fall!

From my kitchen to yours,

Jill