Buttermilk Pancakes with Apples and Maple Syrup

 

These buttermilk pancakes with apple and maple syrup are thicker, North American-style pancakes. The addition of the  buttermilk in the pancakes and the topping of sweet dessert apples, all smothered with maple syrup, make this a delicious dessert.

 

Buttermilk Pancakes with Apples and Maple Syrup
Prepares: 4 servings (12 pancakes)
 
  • Preparation time: about 20 minutes
  • Standing time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30–40 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the pancakes
  • 225g (8 oz) plain/all-purpose flour (1¾ cups)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 55g (2 oz) caster/superfine sugar (¼ cup)
  • 170ml (6 fl oz) buttermilk (¾ cup)
  • 2 eggs, large (U.K.)/extra large (N.A.), beaten
  • 140ml (5 oz) milk (⅔ cup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 40g (1½ oz) butter (3 tbsp)

  • For the apples
  • 3 dessert apples
  • 40g (1½ oz) butter (3 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp icing/powdered sugar

  • To serve
  • maple syrup
  • crème fraîche


  1. Method
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and mix in the sugar.

  3. Make a well in the centre and add the buttermilk, beaten eggs, vanilla extract, and most of the milk.

  4. Gradually whisk the flour into the wet ingredients, adding enough extra milk to make a smooth, fairly thick batter.

  5. Set aside to stand for 20 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile warm 6 plates in the oven.

  7. Now peel, core and thickly slice the apples.

  8. Melt the butter in a large frying pan/skillet and add the apple slices in a single layer. Dust with the icing/powdered sugar and cook over a medium heat for 2–3 minutes on each side until golden. Tip onto a warmed plate, cover with foil, and keep warm in the oven while cooking the pancakes.

  9. For the pancakes, melt the butter in a large, heavy gauged frying pan (skillet). Pour into a small bowl and use this to smear the pan between cooking each pancake using a wodge of kitchen paper,

  10. Now wipe the pan clean with kitchen paper and then turn up the heat to get the pan really hot.

  11. Reduce the heat to medium and then grease the pan with a little of the melted butter. (It should be lightly greased, not running with butter.)

  12. Add 3 tablespoonfuls of batter and cook for 1–2 minutes until bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake and the underside is golden. Turn and cook for a further minute. Lift out onto a warmed plate, cover loosely with foil. and pop the plate back in the oven. Repeat using the remaining batter until there are 12 pancakes.

  13. To serve
  14. Pile three pancakes on each plate and top with the apple slices.Pour over maple syrup and serve with a spoonful of crème fraîche.

Updated: January 30, 2020

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