Sunday, October 20, 2013

Apple Pancakes and Apple Picking

Last Sunday I went apple picking. I enjoyed it immensely. Walking through the orchard while observing people with big bags of apples, and watching a little bunny hiding underneath a tree waiting to take a turn to eat one of the apples left behind on the ground, I realized, moments likes these are necessary to appreciate the simpler things in life. 
My friend took this amazing photo while apple picking.

Apple picking is a perfect example of this sentiment. What is simple and trivial for one, is a soothing moment for another. Walking among big crowds of people in a trendy neighborhood makes me anxious, while walking through an orchard, watching a bunny is all that I need to make anxiety disappear, at least for that moment.

What else works for distressing? For me, it is making and mainly eating apple pancakes on a Sunday. My mom makes these pancakes frequently, hence the inspiration. Cheers to apple picking, bunnies, and apple pancakes!

Apple Pancakes served with vegan butter and maple syrup. 
Apple Pancakes (Makes about 12 small pancakes)

1 cup all-puropse flour
1 cup unsweetened plant milk of choice (I used soy milk)
Up to 1 cup water
1 large apple, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon raw cane sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Dash of salt
Dash of cinnamon or more to taste

Vegetable oil or cooking spray for frying

Preheat a large non-stick skillet over a medium heat with about 1-2 teaspoons of vegetable oil.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon. In a separate bowl combine 1/2 cup water, vanilla extract and plant milk. Mix well and add it to the dry ingredients, using a whisk.

The batter should be a consistency of a thick dressing. If the batter is too thick add more water gradually until the desired consistency is reached. Add the sliced apples to the pancake batter and mix well.

Fry 4-5 pancakes (use 1/4 cup measurement for each pancake) at a time until golden brown, for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Serve with maple syrup or anything you like.

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