Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Apple Pancakes


A week ago I ate with a few friends at Uncle Bill's Pancake House down the shore. One of my friends ordered pancakes with an apple cinnamon topping. I tried some and found it to be largely unimpressive. The apple topping was clearly from a can, and it was really quite gloppy, gloopy, and gross. I promised him that I would make him the same thing at home, and that it would be 5 times better.


To do so, I peeled an apple and cut it into small chunks like I do to make a pie. I don't do the typical large slices because I find that I enjoy is more when the apples are cooked through and give little resistance when pierced. I find that this way they are more uniform with the syrupy juices surrounding them and the whole mixture is pretty consistent and smooth. I tossed them with some sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, lemon juice and a little apple butter, and let them sit for a few minutes to extract some juices, before cooking them down with a little butter in a saucepan. I cooked down the syrup so that it glazed the apples, and it was delicious, but next time I won't reduce it as much and I'll leave the glaze less viscous to that it's more like syrup.


Meanwhile, I made the pancakes using Ruhlman's 2 part liquid, 2 part flour, 1 part egg and 1/2 part fat ratio. I didn't have any buttermilk, so I instead used a mixture of half and half and vanilla yogurt. The yogurt added some vanilla flavor and slight tang. I used a tsp of baking powder for every 5 oz of flour and melted butter for my fat. I combined the dry and wet ingredients separately then combined them, mixing as little as possible to minimize gluten formation.


Luckily (else I would've gotten really red in the face and ran out of my house) my friend liked them better than Uncle Bills! Now if I could only rent a house down the shore, spruce up the dining room, and hire some waitresses...

5 comments:

James said...

An underground restaurant would do nicely.

pixelhazard said...

Oh I've made something similar to this at home and it was sooooo delicious. Contemplating ammending my recipe to include caramel and pretending it's healthy cos it has fruit in it :)

Madeline said...

I'd come...as long as you had zucchini pancakes on the menu

Anonymous said...

We have 2 Uncle Bill's Pancake House locations in St. Louis, and they serve the same gloppy apple pancakes! Is Bill's a chain? We St. Louisans thought it was a hometown original!

limoncello said...

I stink at making pancakes and eggs. Good thing I'm a night owl, as I circumvent the problem by waking up at lunch time! That said, pancakes with a spiced apple topping? The most enticing thing since watching Bobby Flay make lemon-ricotta pancakes with raspberry coulis!