Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Puffy Apple Oven Pancakes from Karen H.

"Doesn't look pretty but the kids said it was the best..."--Karen H.

Puffy Apple Oven Pancake

Eat this pancake while its still warm and puffy!

1 small apple
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup milk, at room temperature
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar

Preheat an oven to 400°F. Grease a 9-inch glass pie dish with butter.

Peel the apple, then cut it into quarters and core. Using a small knife, cut the apple quarters into small chunks.

In a small bowl, using a fork, stir together 2 tablespoons of the sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon. Add the apple chunks and toss with the fork until the pieces are evenly coated with the cinnamon-sugar. Pour the apple chunks into the prepared dish, spreading them out evenly with the fork. Set aside.

In a blender, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, the eggs, milk, flour and vanilla.

Blend on medium speed until all the ingredients are well mixed and frothy, about 1 minute.

Put the dish in the oven and bake the apple chunks for 5 minutes. Carefully pull out the oven rack until the dish is visible. Do not remove the dish. Pour the batter evenly over the apples. Slide the rack back into the oven and close the oven door.

Bake the pancake until puffed and brown, about 25 minutes. Carefully remove the dish from the oven and set it on a wire cooling rack. Dust the pancake with confectioners sugar using a fine-mesh sieve. Cut into wedges and serve immediately. Serves 8.

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