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Applesauce Pancakes

It has been about 40 degrees outside in the morning this week with a soft breeze. It’s lovely. Fall is my favorite season. It being Waffle-ish Wednesday and all I decided to make some pancakes, with a fall flavor. Applesauce Pancakes by Mr. Breakfast! They have to be good, right….the man is named Mr. Breakfast!

Any applesauce will do, I used some I made and canned last fall. Spiced Chunky Applesauce from Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. You can find some recipes from the book online, but if you like to can, or want to learn how to can, it is an excellent addition to your culinary library. Spiced and chunky comes from added seasonings (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice) and bigger pieces of apples.

These pancakes are delicious and we didn’t even add syrup or any toppings to them.

Definitely be conscious of the heat when cooking them, and pay close attention to make sure that they don’t burn. I make pancakes on a cast iron griddle piece that goes directly on the stove top. I have found that making these pancakes on medium works out better, they are delicate and will require longer cooking time, but your tummy will thank you.

Now here is the pitfall with breakfast in my house. My kids are picky eaters. Sometimes I feel like they are punishing themselves with their pickiness. I made breakfast before they woke up, fully aware of their finicky tastes. All of them were more than halfway through their breakfast with nothing but compliments. Then came the question — “Mom, what’s in these?” Before I could answer my 6 year old noticed the jar of open applesauce……and shrieked….”grooooooossssssss, applesauce!” 3 of the 4 little eaters pushed their plates away and wouldn’t take another bite. This doesn’t make any sense! They loved them just two seconds before. Anyway….if you enjoy applesauce and pancakes, I would definitely make this dish!

Applesauce Pancakes by Mr. Breakfast

(4 servings)
1 and 1/4 cups applesauce
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1 large egg – lightly beaten
1 Tablespoon butter – melted
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.

In a separate bowl, stir together milk, egg and butter.

Add milk mixture to dry ingredients and stir.

Add applesauce and vanilla and stir.

Heat a griddle or large frying pan to medium-high heat with a light coating of butter or vegetable oil.

Dollop batter in 1/4 cup amounts to make pancakes.

When batter begins to bubbles and the edges start to brown, flip and cook until the other side is golden brown.

Serve with butter and maple syrup, or go apple-crazy and serve with applesauce on top.