One Big Apple Walnut Pancake

Would you believe I am in my third decade of life on this great earth, and I just learned the story of Johnny Appleseed? We played the Disney cartoon on YouTube for the kids, and I wept like a baby. Walt Disney has a way of doing that, you know. Making people cry during cartoons.

But I was the only one in tears. I think it was something about Johnny traveling the country barefoot that got to me. I once camped in Lake Michigan for a week without shoes, and to this day I am never completely comfortable unless my feet can feel the ground.

 

So I know we are all ready for something cleansing and healthy after a night of candy collecting and sugar sampling.

So this Apple Pancake is just the ticket for a fresh start. October apples are so full of flavor, I always feel guilty hiding them under piles of sugar pies and butter crisps. So here things are kept straight and simple with just a sprinkle of sugar, a dotting of butter and just enough milk and flour to keep them together.

One Big Apple Walnut Pancake

Ingredients:

3-4 medium apples, cored and sliced

1 Tablespoon butter

½ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup milk or almond milk

1/3 cup applesauce

Pinch of salt

For the topping:

3 Tablespoons sugar

3 Tablespoons chopped walnuts

¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

Cast Iron Skillet Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a cast iron skillet, saute apple slices in butter until softened, about 5-7 minutes. While they are cooking, whisk together the flour, milk and applesauce in a bowl. In a separate small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon and walnuts. Pour the liquid batter directly onto the apples in the cast iron skillet. Sprinkle the sugar-walnut mixture on top. Transfer to the oven and bake 15-20 minutes.

Baking directions:

In an ovenproof dish, such as a pie plate or Quiche plate, arrange the apples in the dish and dot with the butter. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until softened. While the apples are baking, whisk together the flour, milk and applesauce in a bowl. In a separate small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon and walnuts.  Remove the apples from the oven and pour on the batter. Sprinkle the sugar-walnut mixture on top. Return the dish to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Serve warm.