Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Apple-sage-cardamom pancakes

We had some Pippin apples, which are the undisputed favorites in our household. I wanted them in pancakes but I needed to break away from the cinnamon-apple pairing rut I'd fallen into.

apples, sage
{apples, sage}

I asked D if he thought it was weird to put sage in pancakes. It was kind of a rhetorical question because the boy will eat sage in just about anything. All I wanted was a yes vote. You know, so I could include both of us in the blame should the product turn out inedible.

Luckily, it didn't. These might be my new favorites. The pancakes were hearty from the mix of flours, but the apples added a hint of sweetness and the sage and cardamom kept it interesting. I tried them with apricot jam and with maple syrup, but I liked them best with just a bit of butter. It was a very fall-ish breakfast.

apple-sage-cardamom pancakes
{apple-sage-cardamom pancakes}

The cardamom got added on a whim. It's a spice that can go sweet or savory, so it seemed fitting. I only have whole green cardamom, but I split the pods open and then chopped the tiny seeds over and over again until it was almost a fine powder. If you are one of those people who has a dedicated spice grinder in your kitchen, you could use it here.

You could add these apples to any pancake mix, although I think they played particularly well with the rye and whole wheat flour in my usual recipe. My pancakes were just barely sweet, which is how I prefer them. If you are looking for real sweetness, I would dial up the brown sugar by a couple tablespoons and maybe add a bit of extra sugar to the batter itself.
Apple-sage-cardamom pancakes (makes 4 - 6 servings)

2 or 3 tart apples, cored and chopped (we used pippins, unpeeled)
1 - 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
1 teaspoon ground cardamom

2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup rye flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cup milk
2 eggs

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Toss in the brown sugar, sage and cardamom and stir for a minute or so, until it smells amazing. Add the chopped apples and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until they reach your desired tenderness, stirring every few minutes (I think we cooked ours for 5 - 10 minutes, until soft but not mushy). Take them off the heat and allow to cool while you get the batter ready.

Mix dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Whisk eggs and milk together and pour over the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Stir in the apple mixture. Cook on a large griddle at medium temperature for a couple minutes on each side, until golden brown. I always use a 1/4 cup measuring scoop to dollop out my batter - it makes the perfect sized pancakes.


  1. Yum! This sounds so perfect for a cloudy fall morning. I love cardamom, but have never cooked with it - you've inspired me to try it.

  2. YUM! These don't sound like any ordinary pancakes! I wish I could have breakfast with you!

  3. I loved you need for the yes vote. I'm going to have to try this recipe and play around with the flours, maybe use almond and coconut flours and see what happens.

  4. i've never used cardamom before, and only recently bought my first bunch of sage (for our canadian thanksgiving turkey)... this sounds like a great new recipe to try!

  5. i can't wait to start having pancake/waffle/fall-inspired breakfasts now that the weather officially sucks. these sound wonderfully perfect.

  6. omg yum. pretty much the perfect flavor combo for rainy weekend mornings, don't you think?

    am trying for sure.

  7. I love new takes on traditional food. Nice one :)

  8. yum. these look incredible. cardamom is one of my favorite spices so i'm thinking we need to try this recipe asap.

  9. I think I've said this before, but I would love to know how you make your tea (if that's indeed tea and not coffee). I've never been great at making tea so to find out how you make yours would be helpful because it always looks so yummy! :)

  10. these sound incredible!! erik is currently making good ol' fashioned pancakes in the kitchen for a midnight snack.. yum!

  11. yum! i'm bookmarking this one for sure.

  12. OK this is a sign. The 3rd recipe I've encountered in 3 days that features cardamom. I will have to get some and try it out. Great recipe!

  13. Made these this morning, and they are fantastic, some of the best pancakes I've ever had. Thank you, thank you for posting!


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