Baked Apple Pancake with Apple Cider Syrup

Baked Apple Pancake with Apple Cider SyrupPinitThis.Is.Awesome.  And I can’t wait to tell you about it’s cinnamon sugary apple goodness wrapped in a nice, crepe-like pancake texture and drizzled with the best homemade syrup ever.

But first, more pressing news.

Something awesome happened in my fourth grade classroom this week.  It was this book.

Greatest Book Ever

What is it about animal stories?  I mean, after reading the dramatic dolphin tale (obviously titled Angels of the Sea) my class erupted into a full-out spontaneous round of applause.

I’m not even lying when I tell you that there were tears shed during this story.   But “don’t worry, Mrs. O, these are tears of joy.”

Oh, my.

Baked Apple Pancake with Apple Cider Syrup

But let’s be honest.  I may have shed a few tears of joy myself the moment that this heavenly baked apple pancake touched my lips.

And then, when powdered sugar was dusted over the cake, and apple cider syrup – the best thing ever invented – was poured over my slice, well, at that point, the tears of joy flowed freely.

Either my dramatic fourth graders are rubbing off on me, or this is one darn good breakfast.

Baked Apple Pancake with Apple Cider Syrup

Ok, now for the best news of all.

It’s LIGHT!  Well, if you eat the whole thing drowning in syrup, which is what I’d like to do, that isn’t light anymore.  But if you have self control and eat one slice, your skinny jeans will love you!

And if you sneakily eat two extra slices while cleaning up the kitchen?  You’re my best friend.

Baked Apple Pancake with Apple Cider Syrup

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Baked Apple Pancake with Apple Cider Syrup
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Serves: 6
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • cinnamon sticks
  • 1 large unpeeled apple, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 eggs (can sub egg whites for some of the eggs)
  • ⅔ cup skim milk
  • ⅔ cup bread flour (can sub all-purpose or whole wheat)
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  1. Bring the apple cider, 1 cup brown sugar, and cinnamon sticks to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 30 minutes, until reduced by about ⅓. Set aside and let cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350. Combine the apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Arrange in the bottom of a buttered 9-inch pie plate.
  3. Whisk the rest of the ingredients until just combined and pour the mixture over the apples. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until top is browned and set. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Using a knife, loosen the edges of the pancake from the pie plate. When loose, invert onto a serving platter and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Top with syrup!
-For super thin apples, use a mandoline slicer. It makes for awesome layers. -I had best results using a pie plate instead of a cast-iron skillet. -Do not try to add melted butter to the batter. It falls apart. But DO add butter after it's baked! Yum!

(Nutrition facts don’t include syrup, BTW.  And speaking of syrup, thanks to my syrup inspiration: The Hazel Bloom.)

If you are a fourth grade teacher, buy this book.

And if you are not a fourth grade teacher, you still might want to buy the book.  And you will definitely want to make this baked deliciousness and shed a few tears of joy.  It’s therapeutic.

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  1. I think I would have a pretty hard time not eating the whole thing…

  2. I think that I would cry tears of joy if this showed up in my kitchen. Your fourth graders definitely have the right idea.

    …wow. Definite chance of me eating the entire pie plate and calling it a balanced meal.

  3. I’ve been looking for a German apple pancake (or something along those lines). But combined with apple cider syrup? This has got to be my Saturday morning breakfast!

  4. This looks amazing! I’m going to make it for my husband soon as a treat, he loves sweets with apples!

  5. I can’t believe a serving is under 200 calories! Amazing!

  6. Wow great nutritional stats! Well done :)

  7. I’ve made a baked pancake before but nothing like this before, this is amazing!

  8. Pancake that’s baked?! I need to try this asap!

    • It’s seriously the easiest thing ever. Other than inverting it onto the plate… I’m not very good at that part.

  9. Loving all your apple creations lately! And even better that the nutritional info is so easy on the eyes!

  10. This looks delicious! The nutritional stats look great too. Thanks for sharing the recipe, definitely will be bookmarking this :)

  11. Yum! Apple cider syrup sounds AMAZING!

  12. This looks great! The apple cider syrup sounds delicious.

  13. I would love this for breakfast. Beautiful photography and great cooking.

    • I wish I could have this for breakfast every day, too. It’s actually pretty quick to make, so I almost could!

  14. Living The Sweet Life says:

    “if you have self control and eat one slice, your skinny jeans will love you!” LOL – I love that!! This is one gorgeous little treat … and only 167 calories per slice!?!? Not too bad, considering most deserts.

  15. Soo @ Little Miss Fitness says:

    Have you ever seen that video of the lion that was a “pet” and was released into the wild again? Then his former owners went to the wild and found him and the lion literally embraced them in a hug? I think the video was to the song “Forever Young”. Anyway, best animal story ever and yes…I may have shed a few tears myself. :)

  16. I don’t know what happens between 4th and 12th grade, but my students cry when they have to read. And they’re not happy tears. Maybe I need to bribe them with some cinnamon/sugar? :) This looks fantastic and I love the apple cider syrup!

    • Hahaha! That is too funny. Maybe you should try restoring the magic of reading with this special book. I’m sure that would go really well. 😉

  17. This pictures absolutely gorgeously. I can’t believe it’s so light either! I can’t wait to try this for my own family. Thanks for sharing : )

  18. Oh my yum, does that look good. It looks like a super easy recipe, too. Me likes!

  19. This looks amazing…and I would definitely not have the self-control to let my skinny jeans love me :) Looks like we can be friends :)

  20. Oooooh. This might be breakfast next weekend!!

  21. You M’lady have quite an amazing recipe here, I am currently making my second batch this week and am very excited, the syrup is amazing, probably my favorite part. thanks for uploading this.

  22. Oooh – Breakfast for Dinner on Sunday night! Yum

  23. Wow! This makes such an elegant impression and looks yummy. I would definitely need at least 2 slices, and awesome not have to feel guilty!

  24. Oh my goodness, I made this this morning before church!! My dad, my mom, AND my 9 year old picky little brother all fell in love with me(and that apple-y pancake-y goodness) simultaneously. 😀 I might have cut it into 4 slices instead 6…and drank the syrup with a straw…but hey it’s still healthy right, haha (:

  25. I loved this recipe and included it in an apple cider round up on my blog. Thanks for making and sharing this, it sounds fabulous! If you’d like to see the round up it’s here

  26. Celeste Dunn says:

    This recipe was written incorrectly. The syrup should have been listed separately (ingredients and description) and mentioned as being set aside for later. The way it was written, one would put the syrup in the pie plate and pour batter over and bake (which is what I did). It took an hour to bake and ended up way too sweet. We were very disappointed.

    • Celeste, there’s nothing wrong with how this recipe is written, it’s your interpretation. She clearly wrote out the instructions for the syrup and the panacake and stated in the first step to set it aside. You made an mistake, it’s not the author.

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