I called this yummy weekend treat a caramel apple Dutch Baby pancake because it was caramelized on the bottom and so creamy and yummy! I could eat them every morning I think! Now go preheat the oven to 425 degrees for at least 15 minutes.
Here is how to make them:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons melted butter
a pinch of two of salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 C. milk
Blend these ingredients together.
This batter mixture needs to sit for 30 minutes. It helps activate the gluten, the eggs become magical, and the anticipation is unmatched! Just cover the batter with a clean dish towel and begin the rest of the breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner preparations.
I made a Pumpkin Spice coffee from Trader Joe's. I made a regular pot of coffee and add 1-2 spoonfuls of this delicious coffee on top. That makes the special flavored coffee last much longer and it is the right strength for our tastes.
Slice up a whole apple into thin wedges. Sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar over them on a saucer and set aside.
Now combine 1/2 cup sugar (minus the tsp of sugar above), 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg and stir.
Melt 6 Tablespoons of butter in a cast iron or other oven proof skillet. Tip the pan so the butter coats the edges too.
Once butter is completely melted add the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Do not stir. This makes the caramel apple effect! Now add the apple slices. Over medium heat let the mixture get bubbly then add the batter mixture.
Again, it is not necessary to stir this delicious smelling egg mixture on the stove top. Simply slip the pan into preheated oven and set the timer for 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, reduce the temperature of the oven to 375 degrees for another 10 minutes. Then go set the table, pour coffee, some folks like syrup on their Dutch Babies and others like lemon and powdered sugar on top. I will serve it with some apple syrup next time for Tim that we made, but I liked the pancake just the way it came out of the oven.
They taste like a cross between French toast, pancakes, and of course caramel apples. The creaminess of the egg mixture creates a true comfort food too!
This was our prelude to the working weekend and a winter garden plot that we managed to plant just before Halloween. It is best not to work too hard on a full stomach, so after this meal you may need to sip some more coffee by the fire or woodstove! Enjoy ~