Cider Pancakes with Apple Topping


I owe my cooking skills to my mom. Don’t get me wrong, some of cooking is natural talent and the ability to understand what items taste good together but she taught me how to cook and appreciate food. She and my aunt took me to all kinds of restaurants and this was back when we really could not afford it. Until I spent the night with friends I did not even know things like bologna or boxed macaroni and cheese existed and she never made mashed potatoes from a box either. Right now she is in the hospital and waiting on a transplant but even with that she suggested I take her cider cake recipe and make it into something else. I thought pancakes would be easiest to do and everyone likes breakfast. So here is my recipe just for mom and a boon for you too! I used box pancake mix to make it easier on everyone. I like Kodiak Cakes or Bob’s Red Mill brands but any good quality whole grain mix will do. Also, I used Woodchuck Granny Smith cider for the recipe since I think it tastes the most like apples.

For the pancakes:

(The amount can be adjusted if you need less or more pancakes.)

2 cups of pancake mix (You may need a little more depending on the thickness of the batter)

2 cups of hard apple cider (if yours does not have 2 cups in the bottle, which mine didn’t, just add enough water to compensate)

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

1 teaspoon of grated nutmeg

For topping:

2-3 peeled and sliced apples

2 tablespoons of butter

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup chopped walnuts

I made the pancake batter first and let it sit in the fridge until I was ready for it. This allows the flour to really soak up the liquid. Mix all the pancake ingredients in a bowl. If the batter seems too runny then add a little more pancake mix. Next make the topping since it can be kept on simmer while you cook the pancakes.

Place the butter in the pan and let it melt. Add your sugar and cinnamon and stir to combine. Add the apples and the walnuts. Once the apples are softened turn the burner way down and place a lid on the pan.

I am skipping directions on how to cook pancakes since your mix will have directions on it. Once your pancakes are all cooked cover then in some topping and syrup. These were almost as good as my mom’s cake so I hope you will think of her as you eat!


One Comment Add yours

  1. Aunt Cindy in Texas says:

    I’d like whipped cream on mine, please! And maybe some little Smokies sausages, too. Yummy!

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