Grandma Schatz Apple Pancakes

"I created this recipe from my memory of the pancakes my Grandma cooked for us. These are not cake pancakes, but more like a dumpling dough. The one thing I omit is the melted butter she always added into the batter. Sauteeing the apples in butter, and serving the pancakes with butter, in my opinion, is, as Grandma would say, "gut genug!" (good enough!)"
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2 9-Inch Pancakes




  • I start with two ten-inch non-stick skillets on my two front burners. This way, the two pancakes are ready at the same time -- and cleanup is very quick for non-stick pans.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon butter in each pan.
  • Wash and core apples. Do not peel. Cut in half. Then cut each half into about 8 slices.
  • Put slices in each pan, arranging them in circle along edge of pan, and fill the center with 3 or 4 slices or as best they fit.
  • Sprinkle generously with cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Allow apples to cook until softened over low to medium heat. They will caramelize a little; just don't let them burn. This takes about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, scramble the eggs in medium mixing bowl.
  • Add flour and salt, stirring in with fork until completely mixed.
  • Add milk and extracts, stirring until smooth.
  • Pour batter slowly around the apple slices in the pan, taking care to cover all the spaces between the slices and have a solid pancake. The apples will not be completely covered. I just eyeball the amounts to divide the batter evenly.
  • Keeping flame low, cook pancake, uncovered, for approximately ten minutes.
  • When pancake is solid enough to hold together, slide wide nylon spatula under pancake and flip over.
  • Cook for a few more minutes, checking for a little golden browning on the pancake.
  • Slide onto plate and top with butter and maple syrup.
  • FLIPPING PANCAKE: I usually slide the pancake out onto a dinner plate, then take the frying pan and hold it over the plate like a cover in my left hand; then take the plate with my right hand and simultaneously turn the pan back to its upright position with the plate dumping the pancake directly into the pan. I haven't lost one yet! 8-).

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  1. i love this recipe. what i did, because i was finding it difficult to flip as well, was just place 6 apples in a circle in the middle of the skillet and let them cook as normal and then starting from the middle of the circle of the apples began pouring the batter to keep the apples formed together and working may way in a circle to the middle and then again on the outside of the apples to make them pretty and circular... this worked pretty well and then i could still flip them with the spatula, the apples were just enough for taste :) God bless you all andhope this was helpful!
  2. This was absolutely delicious. Fortunately you've already posted a photo, because I wasn't successful flipping it without it falling apart. Although it looked a mess, it sure didn't taste like one! Will make again. Made for ZWT4.


Hi, everyone! My name is Ellen. I was born in the town so nice, they named it twice - New York, New York! I grew up in Ossining, NY, just minutes outside of Manhattan. My grandma immigrated to New York from Austria, and owned a delicatessen for years right near the original Yankee Stadium. She was a fabulous cook and baker, as was my mother, and I learned a lot about food preparation from both of them. I could cook a complete meal for eight people by the time I was in the third grade. I always loved to cook, and with two such great teachers, how could I not?! I am a born-again Christian, and I have enjoyed serving on different ministries at my church, the most recent one being data-entering the info and prayer requests handed in every week on the Care & Communication Cards, and then I follow up with phone calls & emails to welcome, answer any questions, and assist, if needed. I also work with Community Caregivers, an organization providing all kinds of assitance to people who have need, including delivering prescriptions, providing transportation to doctor appointments, helping the visually disabled with paperwork, etc. It has been a great growing experience for me. This is Jeff, my husband and most appreciative gourmand. This is Cricket, our American Eskimo. He is pure energy! This is Daphne, our Bluetick Hound. She is a sweetheart! Here's a video of a youth drama/dance from GodTube that is absolutely one of my favorites! Thank you, SusieQusie! Thank you, Susie D! Thank you, FloridaNative! This four-pound lobstah is our idea of a perfect picnic supper! Here are several photos I've taken of our yard from mid-Spring to late-Summer
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