Apple Filled Pancakes

You are probably looking at this post thinking, “I though she’s participating in the Ten in 10 challenge…” And yes, I am.

Or maybe, “Those pancakes can’t possibly be healthy.” Well, they aren’t nearly as bad as you think!  They aren’t the yogurt that I typically eat for breakfast, but these apple filled pancakes are a great breakfast treat and they won’t ruin your efforts at healthy eating.

For Christmas, my husband got me the Filled Pancake Pan from Williams-Sonoma. I’ve been enjoying making various kinds of ebelskivers (filled pancakes), so I thought I’d share one of my favorites with you. These filled pancakes are made with whole wheat flour (like I said, they’re really not that bad) and a quick and easy apple filling (think fiber). Plus, if you skip the mixer and beat the egg whites by hand, that burns a few extra calories!

This recipe was loosely adapted from the recipe that came with the pan (generally, the Williams-Sonoma recipes turn out pretty well…. just saying).  I did make a few changes, though. I halved the recipe since I was cooking for two (and ended up with around 3-4 servings) and I adjusted the ingredients a bit (using whole wheat flour and a few other small changes).

Apple Filled Pancakes

  • 2 cups apple, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus additional for the pan
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup lowfat milk
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Combine the diced apple, 2 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small saute pan over medium-low heat.  Stir occasionally to thoroughly mix the ingredients.  Cook the apples until they are tender (soft, but not mushy), and the sauce starts to thicken.

Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, remaining tablespoon of brown sugar, and a pinch of salt.  Whisk together, breaking up any lumps in the brown sugar.

Separate the two eggs, and beat the egg whites to stiff peaks.  (Remember what I said about doing this by hand and burning lots of calories?)  In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, milk, and oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and whisk to just combine.  The batter will be a bit lumpy. Gently fold in the egg whites to create a light, fluffy batter.

Preheat the filled pancake pan over medium heat, with a small bit of butter in each well of the pan.  Once the butter has melted, pour one tablespoon of batter into each well of the pan.

Add a small amount of the filling (about a tablespoon), and then top with some additional batter (again, about a tablespoon, but you will have to adjust accordingly).

Cook for a few minutes, until the pancakes start to puff up just a bit and pull from the sides.  Use two wooden skewers to carefully flip the pancakes and cook on the other side for a minute or two.

Serve immediately, topping with the leftover filling.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

24 Responses to Apple Filled Pancakes

  1. I was serious about to get me one of these last year. I’ve had it bookmarked in the catalog for the longest time. Everytime I walk by the store I’m tempted to walk in to just hold it. lol.

    Those pancakes looks really really good. I think I’ just end up getting one.

  2. Gorgeous!! I was JUST reading an old Williams and Sonama and saw their Christmas ones…and then you have gone and made them even prettier then the ones in the magazine!!

    Great job!

  3. Ooooohhhhhh these look just fantastic – I’ve just gotten an aebleskiver pan too and have been experimenting with it over the past month. My favorites so far have been savory cheese aebleskivers with smoked paprika, and the chocolate version I made this weekend. Don’t laugh, but my husband likes them FROZEN. As in, he eats them FROZEN.

    Looking forward to meeting you in NY for the Foodbuzz Electrolux event next month!

  4. I got this pan last year and used it for the first time this past Chanukah to make mock mini donut holes for my sous chef’s preschool. They were such a hit, I couldn’t believe it…and no frying involved which made parents very happy, lol.

    I am looking for more uses!

    Congrats on the Electrolux news, btw. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  5. These look AWESOME! I saw this pan at WS over the holidays and had no idea how to use it or what the results would like like. Now I’m so tempted to go out and buy one!

  6. Oh, wow, do these look fantastic! And great photos. The last thing I need in my already-crowded kitchen is another gadget, but I might have to splurge on one of these filled pancake pans. These look amazing! I wonder if there is a good way to make filled pancakes without the fancy pan?