I read Lianne Moriarty's fun Big Little Lies a few months ago, but with a busy weekend and not enough time to tackle some of the more ambitious projects I had planned (Neapolitan pizza or cream puffs coming soon!), some easy apple pancakes were the perfect choice this weekend. I have read a few Moriarty books and she creates a really engaging "Real Housewives of Sydney" type of world, but with more depth and less trashiness (and plastic surgery). In Big Little Lies, Moriarty creates both characters and a story that are funny and slapstick one moment, and dark and sad the next. This juxtaposition makes the book a little more than the typical light read. As the title suggests, the book has some secrets that are eventually revealed, so I will be careful and keep the review short and sweet. The pancakes are inspired by the hunky neighborhood coffee shop guy, who always seems to be trotting out some delectable special pancakes when one of the books main characters, Jane, is sulkily hanging around. These were an improvisation, so hopefully the recipe will work for you.
Apple Pancakes (printable recipe)
Also a treat are these apple pancakes. The local beach cafe, Blue Blues is a touchstone in the book where Madeleine, Celeste and especially Jane come to to calm down and regroup after the latest calamity. The cafe is run by the cute Tom, who is always trotting out with some decadent muffin or pancake dish. These apple pancakes are easy but kick your morning game up a notch.
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup butter, melted
1-2 apples, cored and very thinly sliced
1 -2 tablespoons sugar
Additional butter for pan
- Stir together flours and all other dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs and vanilla.
- Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and then stir in the butter.
- Heat some butter in a large skillet.
- Sprinkle apple slices with sugar and then place, sugar side down, on hot skillet.
- Spoon pancake batter over the apple slice, covering and surrounding it. Cook until bubbles form on the outside ring of the pancake - about 5 minutes, then flip and cook 3 - 4 minutes more until nice light brown.
- Serve immediately with maple syrup.