27 October, 2015  |   Comment

Halloween week snack recipe: Puffy Apple Pancake


After we eat this snack, our fingers are sticky. Sometimes we use a knife and fork, but that’s just when Pops is watching. This is our late night, Halloween week, under the covers snack.

We sip our hot tea or hot apple cider or bourbon and we watch Charlie Brown Halloweenand call each other “Blockhead”

“Hey! We don’t talk to each other like that.”
“Blockhead,” someone whispers under the blanket and we giggle some more.

We lick our fingers and (don’t tell Pops) wipe them on the blanket.
Then we cuddle under that blanket some more.


This snack that we make, it’s delicious and a little decadent and you probably have all the ingredients in your house right now. I found it in the The New Best Recipe cookbook that is really the only one I need these days.

To serve, cut it into slender old-lady slices or fat, sticky kid-fingered slices. I’m not going to judge.


2 large eggs
3/4 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
2 apples, peeled and sliced thin
Powdered sugar for sprinkling
Maple syrup for drizzling

Preheat oven to 500°.
Take your blender out and put it on the counter.

Melt butter over medium-high heat in an oven-proof, non-stick skillet that’s about 10 inches wide.

Add the apples to the pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the apples like you’re the gosh darned Halloween snack fairy you are. Cook and stir for 8 minutes, or until apples are slightly browned.

Since you’re a multi-tasker, you’re ALSO going to make the batter while the apples cook.

While the apples are sizzling, put eggs, half and half, vanilla, salt and sugar in your blender. Give it a whirl, for about 15 seconds or until it’s all mixed. Add the flour and blitz for another 30 seconds or so. Then just stop.

In between blender blitzing, check in on and stir your apples. Make sure they’re not burning. Take out a big cutting board so you don’t have to do it when you’re holding a hot skillet.

When the apples are done a’sizzling, pour the batter around the periphery of the pan, finishing the batter in the middle of the pan.

Turn the oven down to 425°.

Put the pan in the preheated oven for about 15-18 minutes, or until the batter puffs up around the apples all golden and warm.


With mitts and welding gloves, remove pan carefully from oven. Then, with a heatproof spatula, loosen the pancake from the pan. Flip the pancake onto a large cutting board.


We slice it in pizza triangles, and then sprinkle with powdered sugar.
(But you could get crazy with little squares, or rectangles even.)
Pour maple syrup on it if you’re feeling extra-decadent.

Sleepytime tea makes a good pairing. Or hot apple cider. Or hot apple cider and bourbon. It’s Halloween week, after all.


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