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Sunday Brunch: German Apple Pancake

[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

To some, pancakes mean the standard North American flapjack, cooked on a griddle and served with butter and syrup. Those pancakes are all well and good, but are a lot of last minute work, with all the flipping and the pouring. This apple pancake, which is cooked in a pie plate, is not only a relatively stress-free brunch dish but also a terrific dish to use up the ever-abundant apples available this time of year. The consistency of this type of pancake is more like a Yorkshire pudding or even a clafloutis than a standard flapjack. And although I grew up with a version filled with apples, I'm sure other fruits would work as well, perhaps pears or even apricots.

While in the oven the batter will puff up, and the sugar will caramelize in the apple's juices; serve immediately, hot out of the oven. If you have any leftovers, you can serve slices of this pancake cold or room temperature as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Always use a glass pie plate, the size of which dictates how long it will take to cook. I like to use a smaller one for a thicker pancake, but my Mum prefers a thinner version. Serve this pancake in wedges with powdered sugar, and a big mug of hot apple cider.

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