I have always wondered how they make those puffed up Pennsylvania Dutch apple pancakes and wanted to duplicate it at home. I wanted it simple but I also had to make it gluten-free since I was having my daughter over for breakfast. That added to my challenge to make it easyÂ but delicious to fit her special diet.
I knew I wanted to use coconut flour or all-purpose gluten-free flour and, luckily, have become quite proficient at cooking with these flours since publishing ourÂ gluten-free cookbook, The Pregnancy Cookbook, this year. By the way, our cookbook isÂ a great resource for a gluten-free ANDÂ heart-healthy diet whether you are pregnant or not. I foundÂ thatÂ adding xanthan gum to recipes using these gluten-free flours works as well as if you were using just your normal everydayÂ all-purpose flour.
Secondly, most recipes used a cast iron skillet. I don't own one yetÂ so, if you are in the same boat I am, this recipe uses a standardÂ 11 x 7-inch baking dishÂ and comes out just as delicious.
There are a few steps involved but they're not hard and browning the apples is well worth the extra few minutes.Â It's a great recipe to make when you have a crowd over for breakfast or add it to a spectacular brunch menu. It is definitely sweet, filling and oh so delicious.
GLUTEN FREE DUTCH APPLE PANCAKE
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 2 apples, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup almond milk or 1 cup whole milk
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon sour cream
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅓ teaspoons xanthan gum (omit if your GF flour contains xanthan gum)
- ⅔ cup coconut or almond flour (or King Arthur Gluten-free all-purpose flour)
- Confectioner's sugar
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Place an 11x17-inch baking dish in oven with butter and heat until melted, about 5 minutes.
- Remove and add apple slices, tossing to coat with butter. Place back in oven and cook until butter starts to brown around edges, about 15 minutes.
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs until light and frothy.
- Add milk, white sugar, vanilla, sour cream, spices and xanthan gum (if using coconut or almond flours) and continue to whisk until well incorporated. Stir in flour until smooth.
- Pour over apples, sprinkle with brown sugar and place back in oven to bake for 25-30 minutes of until puffed and brown.
- Remove from oven, sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and serve immediately.
If you love waffles, try theÂ most popular recipeÂ on our blog,Â gluten-free almond waffles, for your next breakfast treat.