Sunday Brunch: Apple Pancakes Recipe

Photograph: Sydney Oland

Editor's note: Each Saturday morning we bring you a Sunday Brunch recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.

In these basic fruit pancakes, apples give a little bit of sweetness without making the overall dish seem overly sugary. Granny Smith apples are the perfect apple if you're going for just a hint of sweetness, but use a sweet variety (like Gala or Delicious) if you're the type of person who likes a very sweet brunch. Either way, a dash of syrup and lots of thick bacon pairs perfectly with the apples.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 apple, peeled and grated
  • 2-4 tablespoons butter, room temperature


  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and whisk to combine. In separate bowl combine milk, melted butter, beaten eggs and grated apples.

  2. Heat griddle or large frying pan over medium heat. Using a wooden spoon, combine wet and dry ingredients thoroughly.

  3. Add a dab of room temperature butter to hot skillet, then add pancake batter in large spoonfuls (around 1/4 cup) and cook until bubbles begin to appear on top of batter, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until center is cooked and outsides are brown. Repeat with remaining batter; serve with lots of bacon and strong coffee.

Special equipment

Large skillet or griddle