I am so excited about these babies – Dutch Babies to be exact! Ever since I saw the idea of a “pancake bowl” on Facebook, the endless filling possibilities have been consuming my dreams until I dreamt up these Apple Pie Pancake Bowls. Consuming I tell you! Just like you will be ravenously consuming these pancake bowls layered with warm apple pie filling and doused with cinnamon brown sugar crumb topping as if you have never eaten a pancake before in your life.
Because you have never eaten a pancake quite like this before in your life.
I took these Apple Pie Pancake Bowls to a girls youth group where I was teaching some cooking basics and they were consumed. I even heard a couple girls say:
Girl 1: “I don’t normally like apple pie, but this is so good,” as I silently gasped in my mind – who doesn’t like apple pie? And tried not to judge her taste buds too harshly, because after all, she likes this apple pie pancake bowl.
Girl 2: “I know, I usually hate apple pie, but I can’t stop eating this,” as she licks her fingers clean and I am flattered and also shocked at another misguided palate.
So if two girls who “hate” apple pie inhaled these pancake bowls, if you do like apple pie, I am fairly confident you will love them!
I don’t even know how or where to begin to describe the layers of deliciousness that are these Apple Pie Pancake Bowls. So I’ll just start at the very beginning.
Its a very good place to start.
Simple German pancake batter is baked inside a cupcake pan to create a puffy German pancake bowl that will billow to extreme heights and then settle into a bowl shape as it cools. The pancakes taste like a cross between a souflee and a pancake with slightly crispy edges and a tender center that’s a little more dense than a normal pancake, creating the perfect bed for the apple pie filling.
Warm, soft. cinnamon, brown sugar caramelized apples are then nestled into the pancake bowls… (which by the way are possibly one of my favorite edible anything ever and definitely my favorite part of Fall)
Then adorned with a brown sugar crumble topping…
Yet another reason to adore apple pie…
And these Apple Pie Pancake Bowls.
And then you are ready to smother your first ever Apple Pie Pancake Bowls in ice cream or dig into the warm, soft German pancake, melt in your mouth brown sugar apples just the way it is. Because its perfectly, extraordinarily delicious just the way it is.
With one bite these Apple Pie Pancake Bowls will consume your dreams. And what beautifully delicious dreams they will be.
- German Pancake Bowls
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup flour
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, and chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into pieces
- German Pancake Bowls: Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray with flour in it (or grease and flour pan OR use nonstick cooking spray AND melted butter).
- In a large bowl, or your blender, combine all of the German Pancake ingredients except the butter and blend (or whisk) until smooth. Add butter and blend until well combined.
- Add batter to the tins using a 1/4 cup measuring cup. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. They will be VERY puffy but will deflate as they cool.
- Apple Pie Filling: While the pancakes are baking and resting, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add apples, cinnamon, lemon juice and brown sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender and the liquid is absorbed, approximately 8-10 minutes.
- Crumb Topping: While the apples are cooking, combine the sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon, and butter, in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter with pastry cutter, 2 forks, or place mixture in the blender and pulse into the mixture is crumbly.
- Assemble: Evenly spoon cooked apples into German Pancake Bowls then top with the Crumb Topping (its okay if it gets messy!). Broil on the 2nd rack (approximately 10 inches from broiler) for 3-6 minutes, rotating pan half way through so the topping browns evenly. Remove when crumbs are golden.
- Top with ice cream (optional) and consume.
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