This one's for you Mandy.
Mandy was my dog, and up until a week ago she was with us day in and day out. It was hard to imagine life without Mandy, but now here we are.
I don't often get personal on my blog, but it doesn't feel right to not mention that this happened. We're going to miss her very much.
Now Mandy was much more than what she looked like, what she liked to do, or what she liked to eat, but pancakes were a special thing for her.
Every weekend my mom would make a big batch of pancakes, but it might as well have been for Mandy too. Just the sound of the syrup coming out of the microwave brought her in. She knew what would come next. We called in Pancake Weekends.
The first indication something was even wrong with Mandy was because she wasn't coming into the kitchen anymore for food, not even Pancake Weekends.
Unfortunately nothing is permanent or guaranteed in life, but I'm glad I was able to have Mandy for part of it. We grew up together, had great memories + shared tons of pancakes. You can't beat that.
So this apple cinnamon pancake recipe is dedicated to her. Hope you make and enjoy them with someone you love very, very much too.
Apple cinnamon pancakes
Only very slightly adapted from Michael Hastings
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted + cooled
2 large apples (granny smiths are perfect!)
Start by combining all of the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon + salt in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl combine the milk, butter + eggs. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture + gently stir. Don't over mix, the batter should seem loose + lumpy, but that's perfect.
To cut the apples, lay each on it's side + cut into thin slices. Use a knife to remove any pieces of core.
Heat a griddle pan on medium heat. Butter the pan between batches, adding an ice cream scoop of batter at a time to form each pancake. Press an apple slice into the middle, it's ok if the batter poofs around the slices.
Once the bottom of the pancake is golden brown, flip. You'll hear a sizzle of the apple hitting the hot griddle. That's fine. Cook until golden on the other side.
Remove the pancakes from the griddle, and serve with butter, real maple syrup + some candied nuts if you're feeling fancy. Share.
By the way! Did you know that apples are not only delicious, but are packed with nutrition? Helen Nichols from Well-Being Secrets breaks it all down.