Commitment. I’m not good at it. Hi, my name is Susan and I have commitment issues. I don’t like making choices or eliminating possibilities. Which is why it was YEARS before I had a baked apple pancake.
Just about every breakfast restaurant I went to growing up had their own special baked apple pancake. The menu always said Please Allow 20-25 Minutes. That’s tough, when maybe the people you are eating with don’t want to sit and wait for your SPECIAL order. So, restaurants created a way around that. Put in your order for your Baked Apple Pancake when you arrive at the restaurant.
Ummmm YIKES…You mean I need to tell you what I want to order before I look at the menu? I know it shouldn’t be a big deal. I mean, it’s breakfast. Not like they are suddenly offering foie gras with your pancakes and I have all these new choices. Still, I need to read the menu every time (and somehow still order the same thing every time) and give my special instructions, “With Strawberry Syrup Please.”
Clearly, I could not commit to the baked apple pancake. I had NO idea what I was missing. When I was pregnant with my first child, I was not always necessarily into eating meat. I came across a recipe for a baked apple pancake and thought it would be a perfect dinner for a tired pregnant girl.
Of course, I made some changes and have my tried and true version that I have committed to.
The ingredients are so simple, yet create quite the impact put together.
Apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom.
Baked in a skillet, it comes out puffed and golden. Like a PRO, you invert it onto a plate.
It just takes a few minutes to put together and the whole house instantly smells amazing. You committed to an amazing breakfast (or dinner) and it was worth it.
- 2-3 apples - peeled and sliced
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 2 Tbsp butter (unsalted)
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup flour
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 425°
- Toss apples with sugars and spices in a large bowl.
- Whisk eggs and milk, adding flour, 1 Tbsp sugar, salt, and baking powder.
- Melt butter in 10" cast iron skillet coated with cooking spray.
- Add apple mixture and cook until sugar is melted, about 5 mins.
- Pour in batter, making sure to distribute evenly.
- Bake in oven 20-25 minutes, until puffed and golden.
- Invert onto plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
So make the commitment. Bake the apple pancake. I’m a commitment phob and if I can do it, you can too.
Maybe you are wondering about my commitment issues. Yes, I am a COMMITTED wife and mother.
BUT if you want to know where I struggle:
- Choosing entrees at a restaurant
- Before that, picking the restaurant
- Which shoe feels better
- What nail polish for my nails
- What nail polish for my toes
- Hair color
- Securing travel dates
- Reserving a hotel
- Committing my kids to their swim meet and events
- Booking a dog sitter
I could go on and on. Whatever the reason for it, I don’t know. When it comes to the big things, I think I got it. Just ask my boys. I haven’t left yet.