Apple Pancakes with Maple Butter Sauce

What is a happy thought for you? What do you instantly think about? Puppies…A new car perhaps? Or maybe even that holiday you have been meaning to take.

Me? I’m simple. Waking up and eating pancakes. It is surprisingly rare for me to make these as these really are my favourite, but boy oh boy do I enjoy eating them. These take a while to make, but the smells alone when you are making them will be worth it in itself. The Maple Butter sauce is salty and sweet, which works perfectly with these tangy pancakes.

Ingredients  (serves 4)
155g Plain Flour
1 Tsp Baking Powder
2 Tablespoons Golden Caster Sugar
140ml Milk
2 Large Eggs
2 Tablespoons of Melted Salted Butter
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Allspice
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Large Apple, Chopped Finely
(for the Maple Butter Sauce)
100g Salted Butter
200ml Maple Syrup
1) Chop you apple into 2cm chunks, and pop into a small saucepan. Add 2-3 Tablespoons of water and 2 Tablespoons of Sugar to help soften the apples. Cook until it resembles chunky apple sauce. ( this should take around 10 minutes).
2) Sieve the flour, baking powder, spices and salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine, then, in a separate smaller bowl, crack the eggs in, taking care to remove any shell that may have got in. Add the milk , vinegar, vanilla, melted butter and apple sauce, and whisk for 1 minute. Pour into the flour mixture.
3) Using a whisk, beat until you have combined all of the ingredients together and set aside for 5 minutes.
4) Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add your chosen fat. I always go for unsalted butter personally, but coconut oil is also delicious. Once melted, using a ladle, scoop your batter into the saucepan. ( if you have a large frying pan try and do two at a time, if not, stick to one). The batter should be thick and not too runny, so it holds its shape. Wait until the top of your pancakes starts to bubble, then immediately flip over. Cook until both sides are golden and the pancakes have risen to around 1-2 cm.  Repeat until all the batter has been used up.
5) To make the Maple Butter Sauce, simply melt the butter in a small bowl , and add the maple syrup . Using a fork, whisk together and drizzle on top of your pancakes Serve with some fresh apple slices and eat immediately.

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