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Cast Iron Baked Pancakes {Apple Pie}

A taste of apple pie in each bite! These soft and fluffy baked pancakes are like eating dessert. Apple pie cast iron pancakes are perfect for Sunday breakfast, brunch, or breakfast for dinner night.

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Love eating pancakes but not wanting to stand over the stove flipping each individual pancake over and over? Well, this baked pancake recipe solves that problem. Taking less than 30 minutes from start to finish, this baked pancake recipe is super easy to make. A cast iron pan is perfect for pancakes as it ensures all the heat is evenly distributed, as well as giving them an incredible texture and golden brown color. Because these pancakes are baked and not constantly flipped, you end up with that wonderful soft and fluffy feel with each bite.

Why This Recipe Works?

  • Super easy to make.
  • Comes together in under 30 minutes.
  • Readily available ingredients.
  • Make Ahead recipe.
  • Great for breakfast, brunch, or breakfast for dinner.
  • Easily customizable, can replace apples with the fruit of your choice (adjust spices accordingly).
  • Perfect texture, soft and fluffy.
  • Only one pan needed.
  • No need to stand over the stove flipping each individual pancake.
  • The Best Easy Baked Pancakes ever!!!
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Main Ingredients

This recipe uses super easy ingredients that can be purchased from a local grocery store if they are not already in your kitchen. Read the Recipe Card for the measurements.

  • Flour – Is the main ingredient to any pancake as it provides the structure and absorbs moisture. We use all-purpose flour, you can also use whole wheat flour as well.
  • Oatmeal – Using old fashioned oats adds texture, fiber and protein, making the meal a bit more satisfying in addition to being healthier.
  • Baking Powder / Baking Soda – Act as the chemical leaveners typically used in pancakes. They are responsible for the bubbles in the batter, and for making the cakes light and fluffy. It’s important to use aluminum free baking powder.
  • Spices – Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves are used; these spices are warm and earthy and make you feel good inside!
  • Apples – We use gala apples, but you can certainly use the apple variety of your choice. If you use granny smith apples, they will be slightly tarter.
  • Pure Maple Syrup – This natural sweetener helps bind the ingredients together and helps the pancakes get that golden brown look when being baked. You can also substitute with honey.
  • Greek Yogurt – The lactic acid in the yogurt reacts with the baking powder and baking soda, producing carbon dioxide which makes the pancakes fluffy and tender.
cast iron baked pancakes ingredients.

How to Make Cast Iron Baked Pancakes {Apple Pie}

Step 1: Prep It

  • Set the oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 350 degrees F.

Step 2: Dry Mix It

  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves; set aside.
put all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Step 3: Wet Mix It

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, yogurt, vanilla, and maple syrup.
put all the wet ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk to combine (until no dry flour is showing). Do not over mix or stir the batter until smooth – a few lumps are ok.
whisk together the wet and dry ingredients.
  • In the microwave, melt 2 tablespoons butter and add to the batter. Stir with a spatula to incorporate and set aside. 
add butter to the batter.

Step 4: Saute It

  • Chop apples into small bite size pieces (1/4 inch) and set aside.
  • Heat a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Once the butter has melted, add the chopped apples and sauté until tender; 5 minutes.
  • Add the pancake batter to the skillet and give a few gentle swirls with a spatula to incorporate the apples.
chop up the apples and add them to the batter.

Step 5: Bake It

  • Let the pancake cook on the stovetop for a minute, then transfer skillet to the preheated 350 degree oven.
  • Bake until the pancake is set in the middle and the edges are starting to brown; about 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove skillet from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving.
remove cast iron pan from the oven, everything should be golden brown.

Note: If using a 10 inch cast iron skillet, the pancake will be thicker and baking time should be adjusted to 18-20 minutes.

take a bite of the apple pie pancakes!

Slice and serve with fresh fruit, powdered sugar or maple syrup.

These baked pancakes go well with eggs or a frittata.

Cast Iron Baked Pancakes {Apple Pie}

Cast Iron Baked Pancakes {Apple Pie}

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A taste of apple pie in each bite! These soft and fluffy baked pancakes are like eating dessert. Apple pie cast iron pancakes are perfect for Sunday breakfast, brunch, or breakfast for dinner night.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, plus more for serving
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk, low fat or whole
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, non-fat
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 cups apples, chopped (2 medium apples)

Instructions

  1. Set the oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, yogurt, vanilla, and maple syrup.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk to combine (until no dry flour is showing). Do not over mix or stir the batter until smooth - a few lumps are ok.
  5. Melt 2 tablespoons butter and add to the batter. Stir with a spatula to incorporate and set aside. Chop apples into small bite size pieces (1/4 inch) and set aside. Heat a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Once the butter has melted, add the chopped apples and sauté until tender; 3-4 minutes. Add the pancake batter to the skillet and give a few gentle swirls with a spatula to incorporate the apples.
  6. Let the pancake cook on the stovetop for a minute, then transfer skillet to the preheated 350 degree oven. Bake until the pancake is set in the middle and the edges are starting to brown; about 12-15 minutes. Remove skillet from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving.
  7. Slice and serve with fresh fruit, powdered sugar or maple syrup.

Notes

  • If using a 10 inch cast iron skillet, pancake will be thicker and baking time should be adjusted to 18-20 minutes.
  • You can easily replace apples with your favorite fruit, such as blueberries, strawberries, bananas (and chocolate chips). However, you will need to adjust the spices as well.
  • Freezer Option: Once cooled, leftovers should be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in an air tight container.
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