Apple Oven Pancake with Apple Cider Syrup

It’s been a busy few days around these parts. The weekend was mostly a blur, but there were a few quiet moments my husband I spent Saturday morning enjoying this apple dutch oven pancake. I often make dutch baby oven pancakes for breakfast on the weekends and thought it would be fun to put a fall twist on it. I had a bag of local apples we are making our way through and half a gallon of fresh apple cider in the fridge, both begging to somehow end up on my breakfast table.

Apple Oven Pancake with Apple Cider Syrup

Apple Oven Pancake with Apple Cider Syrup

This apple variation is similar to the classic oven pancake— it’s a simple batter of milk, eggs, flour, and salt baked in a buttered cast iron skillet. Only, the skillet is lined with brown sugar, cinnamon, and sliced apples before the batter is poured over it. The pancake puffs as it bakes, the apples soften, and the bottom crust caramelizes. Topped with a generous drizzle of apple cider syrup, it’s breakfast magic.

Apple Oven Pancake with Apple Cider Syrup

This time each year I fall in love with apples all over again. And now I’ve fallen in love with this apple oven pancake. And the apple cider syrup. Make it a part of your next leisurely morning and I’m sure you will too.

Apple Oven Pancake with Apple Cider Syrup


Apple Oven Pancake with Apple Cider Syrup
A puffy oven pancake with a fall twist of apples and cinnamon, topped with an apple cider syrup.
Yield: One 8 or 9-inch pancake
  • 2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup (63 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (168 ml) whole milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 medium) apples (I used Gala), sliced
For the syrup:
  • ½ cup (100 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 cup (236 ml) good quality apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place cast iron skillet or other baking dish in oven as it preheats.
  2. Put the butter in to skillet and return to the oven. Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together the eggs, flour, milk, and salt. Once butter is melted, remove skillet from the oven and, working quickly, sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon over the butter. Arrange the apples in the skillet and pour the batter over the top.
  3. Return the skillet to the oven and bake until puffed and golden, about 25-30 minutes. Serve immediately.
To make the syrup:
  1. Combine the brown sugar, apple cider and bourbon (if using) in a small saucepan. Add the cinnamon stick and whole cloves. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Simmer until reduced and thickened, about 30 minutes.

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13 Responses to Apple Oven Pancake with Apple Cider Syrup

  1. Kelley says:

    It’s been a busy fall for us too. Trying to enjoy it but is hard some days. The perfect answer is a lazy weekend breakfast :)
    I also fall in love with apples every year at this time. We’ve been eating a dozen a week and not tired if them yet! Love this version of my favorite breakfast!

  2. Erin R. says:

    Beautiful! I don’t know whether to be embarrassed about this or not, but I have never made an oven pancake before. They’re so simple and delicious-looking I really don’t know why. But seeing as we lucked into about 100 lbs of backyard apples this year I think it may be time to give it a bash with this very recipe. Do you know if this will keep/reheat well? It’s only my husb and me to eat it so I don’t know whether to scale it back or make as directed and have leftovers. Thanks!

    • Annalise says:

      100 lbs of apples?? I’m jealous! It is definitely best served right after it’s made, I haven’t tried keeping and reheating. However, My husband and I have no problem finishing one for breakfast. It looks big and puffy, but it’s not a huge amount of food.

  3. This is beautiful! I absolutely love this idea!

  4. Sues says:

    These are stunning!! Perfect use for my new cast iron skillet! And my plethora of apples :)

  5. Deborah says:

    I made something similar a few years ago, but this one sounds SO much better! Can’t wait to try it!

  6. Kristen says:

    I am LOVING this recipe!! Wow!

  7. Lynna says:

    This is nothing short of amazing!! :)

  8. Connie says:

    This looks gorgeous! I made an apple dutch baby over the weekend, but mine didn’t turn out nearly as pretty as yours. I’m going to have to try your recipe! Plus, that syrup sounds divine–apple cider + bourbon… yum!

  9. Joanne says:

    Wow, this so good! I love how you pour the batter over the apples before baking. Yum.

  10. Amy S P says:

    Always wanted to try this and love finding an
    excuse to use my big cast iron skillet.

    Didn’t have whole milk on hand, and was relieved that it turned
    out well with skim milk. Maybe saved a few fat grams?

    Lovely looking and tastes great. Really like how the cinnamon and
    brown sugar caramelizes on the bottom! Yum!

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