Apples ‘N Honey Pancakes

apple and honey pancakes

I’ll turn pretty much anything into brunch. Breakfast pizza, ham and egg quesadillas, pumpkin brunch cake.  We’ll talk about all of those some time soon, I promise.  But the point is that I love twisting just about any recipe to make it fit the morning hours.  It probably started in the years I ran a Bed & Breakfast, when all of my creative cooking energy was necessarily channeled into that one meal.  After three hundred plates of Eggs Benedict one simply has to branch out! 


During Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, we celebrate life and wish each other a sweet new year by toasting with chunky wedges of apple dipped in honey. As a kid, I loved the blue-striped dish my Aunt Beth brought out only for Rosh Hashanah. The dish had a little well in the center, which held just enough honey to dunk as many apples as she could pile around the platter. I was probably in college before I realized that this magical dish was simply a repurposed chip-and-dip tray.

Crisp apple wedges slathered with sticky honey make a fantastic snack, but as with so many holiday treats, they seem to make an appearance but once a year. A shame, really. But these apple pancakes are simply fantastic. Drizzled with a bit of good, local honey, this is the decadent breakfast version of Rosh Hashanah’s signature dish.  Which is why the pancakes appeared in my September Cozy, Delicious column for the Dedham Transcript (you can read it here).  If you have never drizzled pancakes with honey instead of maple syrup, try it now!  And if you can, go for a deep, rich local honey instead of that supermarket squeeze-bear stuff.

I love the double apple impact in these pancakes.  The grated apple imparts flavor and the apple slice is not only beautiful, but gets a wonderful caramelized texture as it cooks.  I go for granny smiths myself, but it’s up to you. I think that a nice crisp pear  might work well here too, and the shape of the slice would be really fun, if you prefer pears to apples. 

pancake with apples

Apples ‘N Honey Pancakes

Serves 4

 2 medium apples

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup plain yogurt

½ cup milk

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon lemon zest

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Pinch of salt

1 tablespoon butter

Additional warm honey for serving

Grate one apple.  Cut the other apple into thin slices (you should get 10-15 slices from the apple). 

In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, yogurt, milk, honey and lemon zest. If the honey is too viscous, warm for 10 seconds in the microwave. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.  Add the flour mixture to the yogurt mixture, along with the grated apple, and stir just to combine.

Heat a griddle (or large pan) on medium.  Grease the griddle with a bit of the butter.  Drop the batter the by the half-cup onto the hot griddle. Top each pancake with a slice of apple.  When bottoms are set and bubbles appear around the edges, flip the pancakes.  Cook until the apple slice begins to caramelize and darken (carefully lifting an edge to check after a minute or two).  Repeat with additional butter, batter, and apples until all of the batter is used.  Serve hot with plenty of honey.

breakfast pancakes

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  1. These look yummy! Thanks for checking out my site as well!

  2. I love the apple slice in these- they look so good! What a lovely breakfast they would make!

  3. Ok, this might sound like a silly question, but how do you know if the apples are caramelizing if the pancake is flipped over? Just wondering because they do sound really good.

    • OK, not a silly question at all! I use a spatula to lift up a corner of the pancake and peek at the apple every so often. That’s really the only way to tell, I think.

  4. Oh boy – too bad I’ve had dinner. These would be good anytime. Tomorrow a.m. for sure, though.

  5. What a truly unique idea! I love these! And how cool that you used to run a bed and breakfast. That has always been a secret dream of mine.

  6. Oh goodness these look divine!! They seem just perfect for fall – yum yum yum!

  7. They look both beautiful and delicious. Can’t wait to give them a try!

  8. I’m a brunch lover too! These look like a great meal (any time of day! 😉 ) and I love how pretty they are with the apple slices!

  9. I have never seen the apples sliced like that for pancakes! Great idea.

  10. This is brilliant, wow!! I love this and can’t wait to try it!!!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  11. Gorgeous. I often slice other fruits thin and add them to pancakes,but never thought of apples! Good thing I’ve got a BUSHEL full sitting in my basement!

  12. Love the apples an honey combination! Can’t wait to try this out with pears and maybe some chopped pecans!

    • Oooh, pecans would be a great addition!

  13. This sounds so tempting. So beautiful. I love how your pancakes turned out.

  14. These sound wonderful! And perfect flavors for fall!

  15. im on a pancake kick as well & these are so perfect for the fall! i love the idea of the caramelized apple slices–just thinking about it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling!

  16. These are beautiful!! What a splendid combination of fall flavors. 🙂

  17. What an delish labor of love for the perfect apple pancake – I am thoroughly impressed!

    I have been moving and am trying desperately to play blog catch up!

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  18. It must be that time of year–I just posted about honey-buckwheat waffles!
    Your recipe looks terrific. It reminds me of a Dutch “pannakoek” apples cooked into one large pancake. Lemon zest is a great addition.

    • Oooh, I love buckwheat pancakes, thanks Nancy!

  19. I cant think of anything more comforting than these delicious looking pancakes on a rainy day like today. Simply lovely!
    *kisses* HH

  20. What a beautiful dish! If I took these to work for lunch or a snack, do you think they would keep and reheat OK?

  21. that’s a neat idea with the apple slices! they look delicious!

  22. Looks delicious! I make breakfast pizza at least once a week – won’t see any complaints from me with that one!

  23. These pancakes sound delicious! I love brunch, but I never seem to make it at home. This must be corrected! Would have loved to stay at your bed and breakfast 🙂

  24. This is such an amazing idea!!! Those pancakes look divine and I believe I have all the ingredients… hmmm

    l’shana tova!

  25. these look so delicious! I’m up to my ears in apples right now, I just might have to try making my pancakes like this soon.

  26. My wife and I had breakfast for dinner. Eggs, bacon and pancakes. I really wish I had come to this site before we cooked tonight.

    I saw your comment on 101 Cookbooks and decided to visit your site. Thanks for the recipe! I’m sure the lemon zest adds great flavor.

  27. Mmmmm…these look so delicious!

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  29. That’s one of the most interesting kinds of pancakes I’ve ever seen. It sounds wonderful! 🙂

  30. Mmm brunch is the best and these pancakes look so inviting and delicious! I must try them soon!

  31. These pancakes look delicious!
    Have a look at my coloured ones.. they were pretty good too, bit weird though 😛

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