But first, more pressing news.
Something awesome happened in my fourth grade classroom this week. It was this book.
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.”
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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Preheat the oven to 350. Combine the apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Arrange in the bottom of a buttered 9-inch pie plate.
- 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.
- 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!
(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.