Applesauce Pancakes for Valentine’s Day

v-dayA busy, busy, busy week has passed.   We finished the week with a home ballgame last night (one of three last week), so I was worn out and tired and slept until 9:30 a.m. this morning.

Don’t judge.  I needed that.  (I also think I caught The Hubs’ cold.)

This post really isn’t starting out as a traditional Valentine’s Day post, I know, but let me tell you what I whipped up for breakfast when I finally did roll out—Applesauce Pancakes.

Applesauce Pancakes

1 egg
3/4 c. milk
1 T. sugar
2 T. applesauce
3 t. baking soda
1 c. flour
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
1-2 T. butter (for griddle)

Beat egg  vigorously with a whisk until fluffy.   Add milk, sugar and apple sauce and whisk some more.   Add dry ingredients and stir until just smooth.

Heat griddle and melt a bit of butter on it.   For each pancake, pour a scant 1/4 c. of batter onto the griddle.  Cook until puffed and dry around the edges.   (This is a thick batter.)  Turn and cook other side until golden brown.

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This makes about 6 pancakes.  (Recipe is easily doubled.)

As I said, I was feeling a little run down this morning and after I had the pancake batter whipped up, I realized I probably didn’t have enough syrup and I was NOT running to the store this morning.   What follows was going to be a recipe, but is obviously still in development.   I didn’t really measure anything and then (of course) my syrup pitcher full of ingredients decided to boil over in the microwave.   Nice.   What was left in the pitcher was delicious so I will try to perfect the recipe again.

If you would like to replicate the syrup (sans the microwave mess), here are some rough directions.

Honey-Applesauce Syrup

1/4 c. pure maple syrup
1/4 c. honey
3 T. apple sauce
1/2 t. cinnamon

Carefully heat all ingredients while whisking to incorporate.  Serve warm over heart shaped pancakes for Valentine’s Day.

Obviously, feel free to tweak the above recipe!   I really don’t know how much of each ingredient was still left in the pitcher and how much was left in the bottom of the microwave.  🙁

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On a better note, I am swigging down some honey and lemon hot water and going to take it easy the rest of the day.  The Hubs’ has a secret surprise for me tonight.  I keep asking for hints.  I think we’re going to our favorite “only for special occasions” restaurant.  🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!


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