Monday, September 14, 2009

Finnish Apple Pancake

So here goes the first apples in our 20 lb. mountain... aside from the one I had in my lunch today. This recipe is my husband's favourite breakfast. Though it is called a pancake, this really isn't like our traditional Canadian pancakes at all. Though it's still just as yummy.

2 C thinly sliced cored peeled apples
1 tbsp. reduced-fat butter or margarine, melted
3 eggs
1/2 C soy or regular milk
1/3 C whole-wheat flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon sugar
1 tbsp. granulated sugar

1. Place apples and butter in baking pan; toss to coat. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, flour, baking powder and salt until smooth. Set aside.

Topping: In another small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.

4. Pour egg mixture over cooked apples; sprinkle evenly with topping. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until pancake is puffed and golden brown. Serve immediately.

Serves 2-3.

The recipe is originally from Cook Great Food, a cookbook by the Dietitians of Canada. I've modified it just slightly, using whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour, reduced-fat butter/margarine instead of regular and soy milk instead of regular. I also leave the sugar out of the topping, as we like to drizzle this with a bit of maple syrup just before eating.

This should be served warm, but I often make it the night before and heat it up the next day in the microwave. It's still just as good. I've also tried a wide variety other combinations of fruit along with the apples, including bluberries, raspberries, rhubarb, etc. and all are delicious. Just throw in a handful of whatever other fruits you feel like, fresh or frozen. The one in the picture is with blueberries.

In passing, the two cookbooks by the Dietitians of Canada, Cook Great Food and Simply Great Food are both excellent (and were recommended to me by Lucie, the dietitian where I used to work). They're both full of a variety of relatively simple and healthy meals.

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