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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Awesome Apple Pancakes

Until recently, breakfast has been my least favorite meal of the day, but for the past few months I've been into making breakfast foods. And these apple pancakes were delicious! Like very very good. Maybe even as good as my favorite banana bread pancakes from a few months ago. They're quite easy to make and have wonderful flavor. I also made yummy breakfast turkey sausage patties to go with the pancakes... the super-easy recipe for the sausage is at the bottom of this post. Happy weekend eating!

2  eggs, well beaten
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup white all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tbs. sugar
2 tbs. brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2-3 green apples, peeled & grated
1/4 cup apple cider/juice
2 tbs. butter, melted

Whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla in a large bowl. In a separate bowl whisk together both flours, baking powder, salt, sugars, and cinnamon. Slowly stir into the wet ingredients and add the grated apples and stir just until combined. Pour the apple cider and melted butter into the batter and stir to combine.  If the mixture seems to thick, you may thin it out a bit with more apple juice... but don't thin it too much- you want these bad boys to be thick.

Heat a griddle or pans and make pancakes with about 1/3 cup of batter. Spread them out a bit on the pan, or else they'll be mountains. Cook the pancakes until perfectly golden brown on each side. Serve with butter and maple syrup on top. Or make your own sweetened apple syrup and serve on top (boil apple cider/juice with brown sugar and a bit of cinnamon until it reduces and thickens a bit). 

Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties
1 lb. ground turkey (85/93% lean)
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
2 teaspoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cumin

Mix ground turkey and spices together with your hands. Let sit in refrigerator, covered, over night. Shape into thin patties (they will thicken as you cook them) and fry in a skillet until browned on each side. Makes ~8 2-inch patties. 

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