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In most parts of the world, apples are abundant and sweet this time of year. You know what's also probably still abundant and sweet? All that leftover Halloween candy you've got piled up, that you keep eating for breakfast on your way out the door. Don't deny it, I'm onto you.

If you're growing tired of all that unnatural, corn-syrup filled sweetness, maybe its time to go with something a little more homemade, fairly healthy and just as sweet.

Behold, apple pancakes. With apple slices, plump raisins and crunchy walnuts, this apple-licious recipe (adapted from Recipes Every Man Should Know by Susan Russo & Brett Cohen) is sure to please. Just whisk, mix, pour and watch the griddle transform the batter into a delicious breakfast treat.


Ingredients:

1 and ½ cups all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 whole apple,peeled,cored, sliced
¾ cup raisins
½ cup walnuts, unsalted
Maple syrup and melted butter for serving

Directions:

1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and whisk till combined. Fold in the apples, walnuts and raisins. It’s OK if batter is a little lumpy.

2. Heat a large griddle pan over medium heat. Lightly grease pan with cooking spray. Pour batter by the quarter-cupful onto the pan. Best to cook this one pancake at a time.

3. Allow the edges to turn golden, while little bubbles form on top. When there is almost no liquid on top, flip the pancake quickly with a spatula. Cook for a minute more till it puffs up and turns golden brown.

4. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve pancakes right away or keep in a warm oven (250 F) till you’re ready to eat. Top with the best maple syrup and melted butter.

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Elizabeth Quirino believes that “food brings the world together.” She loves to cook, develop recipes, photograph & write about her culinary adventures on her 2 blogs Asian in America & The Queen's Notebook. Outside the kitchen, Elizabeth paints watercolors, reads everything and ends every week with ballroom dancing. For great food stories find her on Facebook and follow Mango_Queen on Twitter.