German Apple Pancake

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German Apple Pancake

Why This Recipe Works

The perfect German apple pancake recipe should produce a pancake with crisp, lighter-than-air edges and a custardlike center, with buttery sautéed apples baked right into the batter. To give the pancake a rich flavor without sacrificing the...

Why This Recipe Works

The perfect German apple pancake recipe should produce a pancake with crisp, lighter-than-air edges and a custardlike center, with buttery sautéed apples baked right into the batter. To give the pancake a rich flavor without sacrificing the texture, we used half-and-half in the batter. Granny Smith apples provided a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. Cutting the apples into 1/2-inch-thick pieces kept them from turning mushy, and cooking them in brown sugar with cinnamon and lemon juice made them at once earthy and bright. Baking at a high heat initially gave the batter the quick rise it needed, and then turning the heat to a more moderate temperature cooked the pancake to perfection.

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The Pancakes ShowSeason 4, Ep. 421

Few recipes deliver so much pleasure for so little work as pancakes. The batter comes together in minutes, and the cooking time is brief. Why, then, do most Americans never make pancakes from scratch?