Recipe: Apple “Puff” Pancake

This is a delicious way to treat yourself to a decadent but extremely simple breakfast. It would also make a delicious dessert, served perhaps with a dollop of maple whipped cream.


  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 tablespoons dark brown sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 4 McIntosh apples; peeled, cored & thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons apple liqueur
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, combine ¼ cup butter, 3 tablespoons brown sugar and apple liqueur over, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add apple slices and cook until evenly coated and tender, about 10 – 12 minutes. Reserve and keep warm.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, flour, vanilla, remaining brown sugar and salt together. Stir the apple slices into the egg/milk mixture. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Pour the batter into the skillet, then place the skillet into the preheated oven.
  4. Bake until puffed and golden, about 25 – 30 minutes. Remove, top with sifted icing sugar and serve with yogurt and a small drizzle of honey, maple syrup or some reduced, thickened apple liqueur.