What better way to celebrate fall apples than with this German apple pancake? More like a giant popover than a pancake in the traditional American sense, this is the perfect Sunday breakfast treat. I love the way the cinnamon and butter caramelize around the apples. This was a favorite weekend breakfast of mine while growing up and I remember eagerly peering through the glass and watching the pancake puff up in the oven. And as is still the case for me today, I love scraping up the caramelized apple-cinnamon bits that are stuck to the bottom of the skillet.
This pancake is perfect served with a side of bacon or homemade sausage patties. Just be sure to have the rest of the meal ready before you take the pancake out of the oven. When it is all puffed up it is an impressive sight but will quickly deflate (and still taste just as good).
GERMAN APPLE PANCAKE
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk, 2 % or whole
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
3 large apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup confectioners sugar, for sprinkling
- In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, flour and vanilla extract until just blended.
- Set aside and allow to rest for at least 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a 12-inch cast iron skillet set over high heat.
- Add the apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Cook, stirring frequently until the apples soften and begin to brown around the edges, about 6 minutes.
- Add the brown sugar and remaining butter and stirring constantly, cook until the apples begin to caramelize, about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Give the batter another stir, then working quickly pour over the caramelized apples.
- Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 15 minutes. The pancake will be very puffed and look like it is going to overflow the skillet. This is supposed to happen.
- Remove the skillet from the oven, sprinkle with the confectioners sugar and serve immediately.