September 15, 2014
Sing a song, dance a dance, shout from the rooftops- Apples are HERE!
My daughter and I walked to the post office then down an alley where, behold, an apple tree was brimming with rosy sweet lovies! Jackpot! We filled up our mail bag… and our hands… and our mouths… and walked home dreaming up the possibilities.
First on the list: The German Apple Pancake. Don’t let the name fool you- this is definitely not a pancake in the traditional USA sense. The batter bakes into a rich and soft custard-cake that surrounds tart, sweet, cinnamony apples. Hellllooooo beautiful!
Step 1: Gather materials.
For the Batter: 1/2 c. flour, 1Tbl. sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla. Mix until lumps are gone and set aside. Don’t worry about overmixing, it sets aside and gets to relax a bit. This bakes into nothing at all like a pancake but a custard. It’s a freakin’ dream!
For the Apple goodness: (3-6+) Apples of your liking- some like it tart, others sweeter, the choice is yours. The ones we picked are tart, just the way I like it for this recipe. Pairs beautifully with the custard, sugar and spice. 1/4 c. brown sugar, a few good dashes of cinnamon, 1 tsp. lemon juice.
Step 2: Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat to 500.
Step 3: Peel, core, and cut apples into 1/4″ slices.
Step 4: Melt 2 Tbl. butter in 10″ ovensafe nonstick skillet over med-high. Add apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon; cook until apples are soft and tender, but not mushy. Off the heat and stir in lemon juice.
Step 5: Remember that batter you made? Pour it around the edge of the pan and then over the apples.
Step 6: Put skillet in the oven and reduce temp to 425. Bake until the pancake edges are brown and puffy and have risen above the edges of the skillet, about 15-18 mins.
Step 7: Using a potholder to hold pan, loosen the pancake edges and invert the pancake onto a platter. We like to have a little maple syrup alongside our confection, but this beauty is stunning as-is or with a dusting of powdered sugar.
Step 8: ENJOY! This step should be exercised in ALL steps of this post and throughout life!
In case you were wondering, second on the list: Deep Dish Apple Pie… LIFE IS SO DAMN GOOD!
Fall is so full of impact for me. The air is crisp, almost sharp, yet so sweet. It is a season of harvest, not only the collection of fruits of the earth we’ve sown and tended these past few months, but also a time to reflect and reap the fruits of our life’s labors. What have I grown this season? What thoughts, actions, and choices have I tended to and what have I left for the weeds to consume? Am I happy with the abundance and contents of my basket? Thoughts like this roll through my mind and I am forced to pause and reflect.
I am grateful that I can look back on this past season of growth and feel content and empowered by the choices that I made throughout all those yesterdays. I had some major weed pulling to do this year, and as I ripped away those nagging and strangling growths it opened up space and light to the bountiful flowers and fruits waiting patiently to be unearthed. I do hope that you too had some constructive landscaping within the gardens of your soul and that you planted and nurtured the good seeds and threw out the rotten ones.
All the best to you, wherever you are in life! Thank you for stopping by during your busy day and I hope you come to visit again soon!