February is the month of love! Valentines Day is on the way, and I'm reminded of all the wonderful family and friends that God has placed in my life. You know, Valentines Day isn't just a celebration of love for couples, but I find that it's a time to share with any loved one in your life how much they mean to you! Of course this is something that we should try to do all throughout the year, but I think that it's pretty neat for there to be a specific day set aside to highlight romance for couples and God's love to our family, friends...also lonely elderly people and widows that are too often forgotten. Thank you Lord for blessing us with loved ones! Happy Valentines Day!!!
Where do I start telling you how much I LOVE this beautiful pancake?! My amazing husband actually was first to make this! The morning after getting back home from a week long girl's trip with my mom and sister he surprised me by waking up early to prepare this lovely, personal sized heart shaped pancake that he drizzled with luscious homemade caramel sauce!
Talk about love!!!
He's such a thoughful husband that I have to brag on for minute. As busy as he stays being in medical school (and trust me whenever I say that "busy" is an understatement), he has always taken the time to make me feel as though I'm the only important thing to him on this earth! He never forgets the details in life--and he knows that I appreciate every one of them:) Honey, I love you so much!
So, back to this scrumptious breakfast treat.....This is a pancake that is baked in the oven and is made to slice and share. It consists of a batter that is poured over sugary apples and pecans in a buttery skillet and baked to golden brown. The delicate pancake is then turned over onto a platter for the pretty apple design to show. It is then showered with snow-like powdered sugar and drizzed with caramel sauce for a perfectly wonderful presentation that will not be left for long!! This is a recipe that is every bit tasty as it is beautiful! I love the heart shape pancake my husband made me. That would be perfect for a Valentines Day treat for your Love or your lovely children! Otherwise I use my 7 in. cast iron skillet, and it turns out great! The recipe calls for Granny Smith apples originally, but we use Jonathan's when they are in season. The caramel sauce is an added decadence since it is homemade! Rich, dark and almost buttery--it's the perfect combination with the tart apple! While the pancake is baking is the perfect time to make the sauce, and that way it's still warm and ready when you flip out the pancake.
I really hope that you've been inspired to try something different, like this Baked Apple Pancake to treat yourself or someone special in your life! Let this melt in your mouth and it will feed your soul as well as your tummy! What are you waiting for?...go get your apron and get ready to surprise someone YOU love!
Baked Apple Pancake with Homemade Caramel Sauce
1 c. all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. butter
3 Granny Smith or Jonathan apples,peeled & thinly sliced
1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
Whisk together eggs and next 4 ingredients. (Mixture will be lumpy.) Add buttermilk and vanilla, whisking until batter is blended.
Coat a 7in.(ish) oven safe skillet with cooking spray, and sliced stick of butter.
Bake at 425 degrees for about 5 minutes or until the butter melts. Place apple slices evenly, going around in a circle into the skillet. Pour the batter into the skillet to coat the apples. Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Bake 35-45 more minutes.
Carefully turn out the pancake onto a plate or platter. If a few apples are out of place, don't worry, put them back! Right before serving, dust the pancake with powdered sugar and drizzle with homemade caramel sauce or maple syrup and sprinkle with chopped, toasted pecans. Serve warm!
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c. whipping cream
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine brown sugar and whipping cream in a heavy saucepan; cook over med-low heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes or until bubbly. (mixture may look curdled) Cook, stirring constantly 2 more minutes. Remove from the heat; add butter and vanilla, stirring until blended. Cool 3-5 minutes.
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