When my family was growing up I always liked to cook them a special breakfast on Christmas morning.
Sometimes it would be an overnight breakfast casserole that I make with croissants, eggs, ham, mushrooms and cheese . . .other times it would be bacon and eggs.
More often than not though it would be either pancakes or French Toast, two dishes which my children loved most of all.
These delicious pancakes are moist and fluffy, with a slightly sweet and spicy apple flavour. The apple syrup makes the scrummiest topping.
Sizzling and savoury grilled sausages are wonderful on the side.
Your family will thank you and think that you are just the most brilliant cook ever.
*Applesauce Pancakes with a Spicy Apple Syrup*
The perfect holiday breakfast!
4 1/4 ounces plain flour (1 cup)
1 TBS sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
250ml of applesauce (1 cup)
1/4 tsp freshly grated orange zest
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 large free range egg yolks, beaten
1 TBS butter, melted
2 large free range egg whites
Whisk together the flour, sugar, bakiin gpowder, salt, and cinnamon. Blend the applesauce, orange zest, vanilla, egg yolks and butter together. Stir them into the flour mixture. Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold them into the batter.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Lightly oil. Ladle the batter on in large spoonfuls, spreading it out to about 4 inches in diameter. Cook until bubbles break all over the surface. Flip over and brown on the other side. Keep warm in a low oven until all are cooked. Serve warm with spiced apple syrup and pats of butter.
*Spiced Apple Syrup*
Makes 1 1/2 cups
Delicously sweet and spicy.
1 pint cloudy pressed apple juice
11 1/2 ounces of soft light brown sugar (1 1/2 cups packed)
1 inch cinnamon stick
1 1/2 tsp whole cloves
Combine the ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the liquid has reduced to about half, forming a syrup. Scoop out the cinnamon stick and the cloves. Serve warm.