Is that time of the year when scarfs are an essential part of my wardrobe, boots make an appearance in my closet, candles are lit every cool night, blankets spread around the house and what’s best, it smells like apple pie! yes it does, because it’s apple picking time! Up where I live, there are so many apple orchards ready for the hundreds of visitors that go to pick their own apple every year. We like to go apple picking because it’s fun for Little L, we get to eat apples straight from the trees and then come home and make apple pie. But apple pie is not the only thing you can make with all the the apples around us, there is so much more you can do and today’s recipe shows you how simple it is to make something extra special using apples.
To make these apple pie pancakes, add apples and apple pie spices to the pancake batter and voila! But to make them super fun, yum and even more special, follow my tips below which include using yogurt in the batter. Yes! using yogurt is a healthy trick of the trade. You can make pancakes, cookies and cakes with less butter. Swap out some butter for yogurt! 1/2 cup Stonyfield Greek + 1/2 cup butter = 1 cup of butter.
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Apple Pie Pancakes with Caramel Mascarpone Filling
It all starts with adding spices to the batter. The smell of spiced pancake batter just brightens my day!
A unique and easy way of adding apples to the batter is by cutting out rings, sauteing them in butter and pouring the batter on top straight in the pan. How cute are these?
To elevate this play on apple pie pancake recipe, make a caramel mascarpone filling that will bring all the apple pie flavors together ever so wonderfully. The mascarpone is an Italian cream cheese that is lighter than regular cream cheese and will act as the whipped cream that many use to top apple pie with.
A way of making your eating experience fun, is to stack the pancakes, layer them with the caramel mascarpone filling and drizzling them with extra caramel.
This pancake was apple-licious! Ha!
To get the recipes of other awesome pancakes inspired by the fall take a look at the ones listed below. These are all great bloggers, part of the Stonyfield cook-a-thon so please give them some love and join the Virtual Apple Party hosted by my friend Nelly from Cooking with Books.
- Bacon Apple Pancakes by Nutmeg Nanny
- Whole Wheat Cinnamon Pecan Pancakes by Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
- Pumpkin Pie Pancakes by Cooking with Books
- Apple Chai Pancakes by Diabetic Foodie
- Savory Spinach & Buttermilk Pancakes with Cilantro-Lime Butter by 30A Eats
Apple Pie Pancakes with Caramel Mascarpone Filling – yields 10
1 1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup Stonyfield yogurt
3/4 cup milk
2 extra-large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 apples, I used honey crisps
* For the filling
6 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
1 tablespoons caramel sauce
– In a bowl sift all dry ingredients, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices.
– In another bowl, whisk the wet ingredients, milk, eggs, vanilla, yogurt.
– Mix wet and dry ingredients together and whisk just until well combined.
– Peel, core and cut apples in rings.
– Saute apple rings in butter and pour apple batter on top of each ring.
– Cook as you would regular pancakes.
* For the caramel mascarpone filling combine mascarpone cheese with caramel sauce until well combined. You can use store bought caramel sauce or make your own but be sure caramel is cool when combining with cheese.
– I received a free case of yogurt plus a copy of Stonyfield Farm Yogurt Cookbook by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg from Stonyfield plus a second case and cookbook to give away. All opinions are my own.
-Basic pancake recipe adapted from Ina Garten’s Banana Sour Cream Pancakes