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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Apple sourdough deep dish pancake

One of our apple trees is ready to harvest in late August to early September. As an easy dinner this time of year, I like to make a deep dish apple pancake. So far, I think I've made this about 4 times already this apple season. I like that it uses sourdough starter, as I can forgo any milk in the batter (better for my digestion).

A while back I posted on making sourdough starter. If that interests you, you can find more info on that here. So, for those of you who have a starter, or can beg, borrow or steal one from a friend, here's another recipe for sourdough. (And for those of you who don't have sourdough starter, see below instructions for making this with pancake or biscuit mix.)

Apple Sourdough Deep Dish Pancake

3 medium-sized apples, sliced (I leave the peels on, you can peel them if you like), plus apples for garnish
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter

1 cup active sourdough starter (take the whole pot of starter out of the fridge in the AM, give it a couple of tablespoons of flour and water and allow to stand on the counter for a few hours *or* extend it the night before, then just before making the pancake you measure it)
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Butter a 9-inch Pyrex pie dish. Lay apple slices in bottom of dish. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Dot with butter. Microwave for about 3 minutes, until apples look soft.

In a large bowl, combine sourdough starter, whole wheat flour, eggs, oil and vanilla. In a small bowl, blend salt, remaining sugar, remaining cinnamon and baking soda (this is to break up any lumps in the soda). Sprinkle this dry mixture over the starter mixture, and fold to combine. Pour over microwaved apples.

Bake for about 30 minutes, until the pancake portion is set. Cut into wedges. Top with brown sugar-sweetened plain yogurt (or sour cream sweetened with brown sugar, or vanilla yogurt), and fresh apple slices.

No sourdough starter? You can absolutely do this with a regular pancake mix. Instead of the starter mixture, combine 3 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 3/4 cup biscuit mix or pancake mix, 1-2 teaspoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Pour this over the microwaved apples and bake at 400 degrees F, for 30 minutes, or until the cake is firm.

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  1. That looks really good. It's starting to be apple season here also, so I'm going to keep this in mind.

    1. Hi live and learn,
      Thanks! I love a good, crisp apple. I hope the apple crop was good this year in your area. (I heard it was poor in some areas of the country.)

  2. Yum :)I just went back and read all of your sourdough starter posts and I want to give it a go. Unfortunately we don't have a large enough glass or ceramic bowl, but I'll be on the lookout for one in the op (thrift) shops.

    1. Hi Economies,
      your warm climate would be ideal for starting sourdough. One of the problems I encountered was a too cool house, and had to improvise a bit (by putting the starter into the oven with the light on, in the early days, then it was fine). Good luck, if you give it a go.

  3. OH YUM! Running away giggling at the thought of wickedly good dreams tonight of these!

  4. Hi Carrie,
    I'm glad my post will be providing good dreams!

  5. Oh my gosh, that looks and sounds so good, Lili!!!

    1. Thanks, Belinda! I'm glad to have apple season here. So many yummy things I want to make!

  6. Oh YUM, this looks delicious!!

    1. Hi Tracy!
      It is good! My kids sometimes say it's like getting to have apple pie for dinner.


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