I love pancakes, especially ones with fruit in them. I also adore Dutch Babies, the sinfully delicious puffy breakfast treats that are traditionally baked in a cast iron frying pan. So I got to thinking…what if I made a healthier baked pancake? This is the result. It was light yet satisfying and not too sweet – the perfect brunch or teatime treat.
1/2 cup water
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 large apples
1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup whole-wheat flour
2/3 cup rolled oats
¼ cup quinoa flakes (or additional rolled oats)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons maple or brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Pour the water into a 10-inch oven-proof non-stick fry pan and place over medium-high heat. Carefully pour the sugar into the middle of the pan.
- Let the water and sugar heat without stirring to allow the sugar to melt evenly.
- Once the water has evaporated, the sugar will begin to turn brown; at this point you should swirl the pan every 30 seconds to allow it to caramelize evenly.
- Once the caramel is golden brown (this takes 10 – 15 minutes), turn off the heat and whisk in the butter.
- Core the unpeeled apples and slice each one into 8 wedges. Arrange the apples, cut side down, on top of the caramel sauce in a ring shape, reserving 3 slices to place in the centre of the ring.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, oats, quinoa flakes, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, maple or brown sugar and vanilla.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry one. Stir just until a smooth batter forms.
- Pour the batter over the apples.
- Bake until firm and cooked through, 35 to 40 minutes.
- Gently loosen the sides of the cake with a rubber scraper, then place a large serving plate over top and carefully flip the cake onto the plate and remove the pan. Be careful doing this as the caramel sauce will be extremely hot.
- Add ¼ cup of water to the pan to release the caramel that is left in there. Reheat over medium heat, whisking constantly until it becomes a smooth sauce.
- Slice cake into wedges and drizzle each piece with some of the sauce.