I told you yesterday that I have been more interested in messing around in the kitchen now that the weather has cooled a bit. And ideas hit me at weird times. With the schlepping to preschool and back (and preschool and back again) each day, the drive time has given me a small break to think quietly. While not all thoughts are creative/project/food related, apple pancakes was one and I went with it.
After marking up the pancake recipe we use at home, I Googled apple pancakes to see if my plans were relative to others online. Yes they were. But then I saw the Smitten Kitchen recipe and saw in her notes that her recipe was a pretty basic one and she encouraged adding in spices to make it better. So I abandoned my list in favor of tinkering with spices.
Using our favorite apple cake recipe as a guide, I added vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and a squeeze of lemon to brighten the flavors. I used buttermilk instead of plain milk and for the apples, I used a couple of gigantic Honey Crisp ones from our apple orchard excursion two weekends ago.
They smell like a fall morning to me. With their aroma, I was actually transported back to my childhood home, sitting at the breakfast table, thinking about what I needed to wear to school and if my practice clothes were packed. It was a little strange. :)
Try them for yourself and see where it sends you.