For the new kid in the kitchen…

Grandma’s Apple Pancakes

Let me just start off by saying I have the best grandma ever.

Ok, so you might think I’m exaggerating, but I’m really not! Last time I visited my 90 year old grandma, she was up at 11:30pm dancing around the kitchen and teaching my roommate her favorite swear words.What does this have to do with apple pancakes you may ask? Admittedly, not a whole lot… but I still think it’s worth sharing.

The origins of this recipe are pretty sacred to me. As a kid I would roll out of bed, drawn downstairs by the aroma of buttery, cinnamon and apple pancakes wafting upstairs from the kitchen. My cousins and I would race to the table, fighting over who got the biggest or the most pancakes. I’m not sure why we were so worried, because my grandma always made more than enough for us to have our fill and then some (I think this is an obligation for any Jewish grandparent).

The best thing about this recipe is it’s adaptability. I think my grandma changes up the amounts of each ingredient every time, just sampling the batter until it “tastes right”.

  • 1 1/4cup Matzo Meal: This special ingredient made this the perfect Passover breakfast. But really, they’re good any time of the year.
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt: Feel free to use more or less to make the consistency thicker or thinner.
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 apples: Any variety will do. Grandma just uses whatever is lying around at the time. Leave the skin on but make sure to take the core out.
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon:
  • 1/4 cup Butter: for your frying pan (don’t skimp on this or try to use any kind of substitute, this is by far the element that seals the deal for the recipe).

Simply mix these ingredients in your blender until they are mostly smooth, and cook in a frying pan as you would any other type of pancake. For slightly thicker pancakes, you can let the batter sit in the fridge for a bit. My grandma likes to do this the night before, so when she wakes up she’s ready to just start making the pancakes.

And that’s it! You’re done! You may not have my awesome grandma at the end of this, but you will have a batch of her famous apple pancakes. Enjoy!


**Bonus **

Throw some sliced up apples in a pan with a little sugar and let them cook down a bit. Use this is a topping for the pancakes.

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5 responses

  1. Sharna

    Now THIS is my favorite recipe to date. I love when she’s switched it up by adding vegetables instead of apples too. Got me to love spinach and carrots like Popeye. Would be awesome with squash too!

    April 17, 2011 at 4:07 pm

  2. These sound amazing! Do you have to use Matzo meal for them or is there something else that can be used in its place?

    April 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    • You can substitute for it (although the original is certainly my favorite). Matzo meal is actually made of ground up Matzo. This makes it similar to breadcrumbs, not flour like most people believe. Some possible substitutes could be ground oats, ground cheerios, or ground cornflakes/branflakes. Happy cooking and let me know if you try out any of these substitutes!

      April 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    • sharna

      It’s just not the same without matzo meal….I LOVE your video!

      April 19, 2011 at 12:45 am

  3. Excellent post thanks for sharing. Food is something I can enjoy all around. If I’m not eating it. I’m reading and looking at pictures about it.

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    April 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm

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