Apple Cider Pancakes with Warm Apple Salsa

I’m very happy to report that Jon and I are finally transitioning into an apple phase.  That’s not to say I won’t throw in a couple more pumpkin flavored recipes but the focus, at least my focus, is now on making things like applesauce, apple butter, and apple crisp.  To start off our apple efforts, I chose an adaption of this recipe from Tokyo Terrace because the pictures were absolutely mouth-watering.  To be completely honest, the pancakes didn’t quite meet my expectations but with the addition of the warm apple salsa, they were delicious!  This is not to say there’s anything wrong with the original recipe – Let it be known that I have a HUGE sweet tooth so the pancakes were just a little too plain for my liking.  If you’re used to eating pancakes with just a little butter and no syrup, I’m sure you’d love the original recipe.

But this is where the warm apple salsa saved the day in my humble opinion… It’s warm, soft, brown sugar cinnamon-y goodness was the perfect addition to every bite.  It sweetened the pancakes considerably and brought forward so much more of the apple flavor.  Please promise me you’ll make the apple salsa if you’re going to make these pancakes?  🙂

Okay, let’s get breakfast started then!

In a large bowl, combine your whole wheat flour with the baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

In a separate small bowl, whisk your egg white, buttermilk, yogurt, honey, and cider together.

Tip:  Next time I try apple cider pancakes, I would add more cider to the batter and perhaps lessen the amount of buttermilk.

In another small dish, whisk your egg yolk and olive oil.  (I know I know, we’re making a mess of so many dishes – It’ll be worth it!)

Now add the last dish with the egg yolk and olive oil to the buttermilk mixture.  Finally, mix the total wet mixture into the dry mixture until combined.

Tip:  Try not to over-mix the batter as that will result in denser pancakes and who doesn’t like fluffy pancakes?

Lightly grease a small skillet and heat over medium heat.  Pour 1/4 cup of the batter in and wait until you see small bubbles then flip.

Tip:  I just recently found this awesome tip via Pinterest.  What a great trick to making pancakes and pouring the batter!

If you’re a good multi-tasker, you can start the warm apple salsa while your pancakes are cooking.  If you’re accident prone in the kitchen, keep your eye on your pancakes and make the salsa after they’re all cooked (you can keep your cooked pancakes warm in a preheated oven).

For the apple salsa, cut your apple into wedges and chop into bite size pieces.  I kept the skin on but if you prefer, you can peel your apple first.

Up the apple flavor by pouring 1/2 cup of apple cider into a small skillet and let it simmer over medium to medium-high heat for 3 minutes.  Toss in the apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon and mix all of that fall-flavored deliciousness together.  After a couple of minutes, the apples will soften and the liquid will thicken into a thin syrup.

Serve the warm apple salsa on top of the warm apple cider pancakes and dig in!

Apple Cider Pancakes with Warm Apple Salsa

Inspired by Tokyo Terrace

Makes 4 pancakes

Ingredients (Pancakes)

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Ingredients (Apple Salsa)

  • 1 large apple (I used a Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

What to Do (Pancakes)

  1. In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour with the baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk the egg white, buttermilk, yogurt, honey, and cider together.
  3. In a third small dish, whisk your egg yolk and olive oil.
  4. Now add the last dish with the egg yolk and olive oil (step 3) to the buttermilk mixture (step 2).
  5. Finally, mix the total wet mixture into the dry mixture until combined but don’t over mix (lumps are okay).
  6. Lightly grease a small skillet and heat over medium heat.
  7. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter in and wait until you see small bubbles then flip.
  8. Once cooked through (about 2 more minutes), remove your pancake from the skillet.
  9. Repeat steps 7 & 8 with the remaining batter.
  10. If needed, keep your pancakes warm in a preheated oven.

What to Do (Apple Salsa)

  1. Optional: Peel your apple.
  2. Cut the apple into wedges and chop into bite size pieces.
  3. Pour 1/2 cup of apple cider into a small skillet and let it simmer over medium to medium-high heat for 3 minutes.
  4. Toss in the apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon and mix together.
  5. After a couple of minutes, the apples will soften and the liquid will thicken into a thin syrup.
  6. Spoon over warm pancakes and indulge yourself!

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31 thoughts on “Apple Cider Pancakes with Warm Apple Salsa

  1. LOVE the idea of apple cider in the pancakes and apple salsa on top!!! And your stack looks picture-perfect 🙂 I just want to dig right in! Can’t wait for more of your apple recipes!

    • Haha, thanks Erika! Coming from a ‘Pancake Princess,’ I’m flattered! I almost feel like I’m stepping in your territory trying out a pancake recipe. 😉 I have plenty more apple recieps coming and I can’t wait to share them!!

  2. Yum yum yum! These sounds amazing Leah and I definitely have a sweet tooth too so the apple salsa would be a must. Pumpkin and apple are the best fall flavors 🙂 I seriously need to devote a weekend just to trying all of the amazing recipes you post on here!

    Stephanie

    • You definitely have to let me know which recipes you try and please share your likes/dislikes! I know what you mean about devoting a weekend… There are SO many recipes and crafts I want to do, but of course, never enough time!

  3. Looks so yummy! And I cross my heart that I’ll make the apple salsa (maybe even without the pancakes!) 🙂

    Do you think that a green, tart apple like you used is the best one for the salsa? Does it need a little tart to cut the sweet or does it matter? Am I just being an apple snob? (I hope not).

    • I’m going to hold you to that promise Joan! I think that’s a great idea to make the salsa even without the pancakes… it’d be great over some vanilla bean ice cream or on top of some oatmeal.

      Haha! I love that you used the phrase, ‘apple snob’ – I grew up in a small country town with LOTS of apple orchards so I completely understand where you’re coming from! Anyways, back to your great question… I definitely think a tart green apple is the way to go for this salsa for exactly the reason you said, it cuts the sweetness. Also, I wanted chunks of apples (not applesauce) so I didn’t want to use any apples that are naturally soft.

      Hope this answers your question. Let me know how your salsa turns out and if you have any suggestions! 🙂

      • I’m heading out to the store in a minute so I’ll be sure to get some Granny Smith’s to make this. Thank you for not holding my apple snobbery against me!

        And… I love the idea of the apple salsa over oatmeal or maybe granola for my kids to eat a warm breakfast. That salsa looks like it would appeal to my pickiest eater. I’ll let you know how it goes….

  4. Totally going to try these on one of our upcoming Sunday mornings. By the way- get ready to be addicted to Pinterest!! I saw that you are on there now. It’s fun and offers endless ideas and inspiration!

    • Oh Julia, trust me, I’m already highly addicted to Pinterest! I’ve had an account for awhile now (over 2,000 pins!) but I just remembered to search for some of my favorite bloggers, like yourself! Can’t wait to see what kind of inspiration I get from your pins!

    • Thanks Judy! I definitely drink more than my share of apple cider during this time of the year. I’m trying to think of more recipes I can incorporate it in – Let me know if you have any suggestions!

  5. yummy, yummy! Leah, can’t wait to see your next recipes with apples (I LOVE APPLES), I have this bad habit of buying plenty of them & sometimes I don’t know what to do with them (& I LOVE APPLE PIE, I might bake one soon) 🙂

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    • Hi Jill – thanks for stopping by. It’s always nice to see new faces :). If you give these pancakes a try, don’t forget the warm apple salsa!

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