A skillet baked apple pancake, made with nutty buckwheat flour, golden apples, crispy bacon, warm cinnamon and raisins. It is beautifully baked in the oven until golden brown, sweetened with only healthy ingredients so you can have your favorite brunch without a side of guilt.
It's the ultimate weekend breakfast to share with family, friends—but don't let that stop you from just making it for yourself.
This "Apple Pancake" takes me back to my childhood years. And no, this time, it isn't about warm kitchen smells or memories of my mom baking behind her stove.
Instead, I remember those rare occasions on special Sunday mornings. We would have breakfast at Chateau De Litzberg in Belgium—a beautiful country house turned restaurant in the middle of an English garden and surrounded by a defining green forest.
We often ordered the giant Buckwheat pancake on the menu (reminiscent of a German pancake) filled with warm sweet flavors and crispy bacon.
It was also the place where I often worked and filled in as a waitress during my college years as a young law student. And I have fond memories of that incredible learning experience, as well as the delicious dishes I was privileged to taste and the people I got to meet.
I am not sure if the same chef still works there, probably not. But this apple pancake recipe with buckwheat flour is concocted based on the sheer memories of my time in that kitchen.
That I made (tested, retested) this pancake numerous times to get similar flavors is an understatement. But the result is the same pleasure conjured when eating "Boekweit Koek"—as we would call it—during those lovely Sunday mornings in the fall at De Litzberg.
This dish looks beautifully rustic on any table. The warm smell of caramelized apples will fill up your breakfast room, instantly making your morning cozy.
You can enjoy this as-is since raisins, dates and the apples already make this dish slightly sweet. In contrast, the bacon adds a lovely savory flavor, and the buckwheat a unique texture.
But feel free to add a drizzle of maple syrup or maybe some homemade jam to your piece of pancake pie.
A few notes on the ingredients
Apple: choose a sweet apple, like Golden Delicious, Jonagold, or Honeycrisp. You will have plenty of choices with fall around the corner. I love Golden Delicious because they have almost a buttery honey taste that works well in this recipe.
Molasses: I use organic Unsulfured Blackstrap Molasses as a sweetener. It is one of those ingredients that I always have around the house. Not that I use it often, but it has a long shelf life and comes in handy when I want to add a touch of nutritional sweetness to my recipes.
Don't have molasses? Use some maple syrup instead.
Note: molasses is a syrupy byproduct that stems from the refining process and the extraction of sugars from sugarcane and sugar beets. Sugar cane or sugar beet juices usually go through three cycles of boiling and crystallization to extract as much sugar as possible. The syrup left over after each boiling process is called molasses. Blackstrap molasses is a dark earthy-looking syrup that is left after the third boiling process. It is less sweet than light or dark molasses but contains more nutrients. It also has a touch of bitterness or smokiness to it, which I love and adds a beautiful dark color to the apples in this recipe.
Plant milk: Choose plant milk if you want to keep it dairy-free. I often make this pancake with either cashew milk or Pea milk, which is creamy and a good source of protein. But you can use any milk of your choice. Whether you use a plant or regular milk, avoid flavored ones or anything with added sugars.
Flour: gluten-free buckwheat flour makes this oven-baked apple pancake so beautifully rustic looking. Cinnamon and dates balance the more bitter flavors of buckwheat and allow for the more nutty undertones to come through.
Another great option is to replace one-fourth with sweet Teff flour, which is also gluten-free. If gluten is not a concern, and you don't like buckwheat, then I suggest Spelt flour—a non-wheat, whole grain flour with a higher amount of proteins.
Olive oil or butter: you can use either one, and I am sure the chef in Belgium used real butter. But there is something about apples and extra virgin olive oil that I find irresistible, plus it keeps this pancake recipe dairy-free.
Raisins: It's optional, but I highly recommend it. It compliments the apples and adds a natural sweetness to the buckwheat flour.
Bacon is optional: if you have guests over that happen to be vegan and vegetarian, then leave out the bacon, and it still will taste incredibly delicious.
For this recipe, you'll need a non-stick oven-proof pan or well-seasoned cast-iron skillet.
The Apple Bacon Baked Pancake is filling, healthy, delicious on its own, and perfect for sharing! Enjoy!
HERE ARE SOME OTHER HEALTHY BREAKFAST RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE
If you love baking with buckwheat flour and impressing your guests, then try my Sweet Buckwheat Waffles. They are also gluten and dairy-free.
Keeping it with pancakes, the Fluffy Oat Flour Pancakes (GF), and the grain-free and protein-rich plantain pancakes have never failed me.
Or try this Light Sweet Orange-Cloves Butter Bread. This is always a special treat for any get-together!
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Apple Buckwheat Pancake with BaconMariska Ramondino
- 1 cup plant milk
- 5 pitted dates
- 1 cup Buckwheat Flour see note
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 large egg beaten
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 golden apple sliced crosswise
- 6 ounces bacon 170 grams, optional
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees with rack in the upper third.
- Place the milk and the dates in a blender. Blend on high-speed setting until thoroughly blended, set aside.
- In a bowl, add flour, salt, cinnamon powder, baking powder, and raisins. Combine the dry ingredients.
- Add the reserved milk mixture and the egg to the dry ingredients. Stir well until you have a beautiful dark batter; set aside.
- In a 10-inch (cast-iron or oven-safe) skillet, warm 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat on the stove.
- Divide the bacon over the surface of the skillet, then immediately arrange the apple slices on top. Pour the molasses evenly over the apple slices and the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil.
- Cook for one minute, then turn the apple slices (not the bacon) around using a fork. And immediately pour the buckwheat batter evenly over the apples and bacon.
- Cook until the edges of the batter have set a bit—for about 3 to 4 minutes. Not any longer, because it can cause the bacon to burn.
- Remove carefully the pan from the stove and place it directly in the oven.
- Bake the pancake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Remove carefully from the oven and let it slightly cool.
- Cut a piece out as you would with a large pie, turn it around revealing the beautifully browned apples and bacon. Serve on individual plates,
- Once cooled, you can carefully turn the whole pancake around with a large spatula to reveal the browned apples.
- Flour: Instead of Buckwheat flour (Paleo-friendly), you can also use ¾ cup Buckwheat flour and ¼ cup Teff Flour (still gluten-free.) The Teff flour adds a nuttier taste.
- Equipment: a 10-inch cast-iron skillet or non-stick oven-proof pan.
- Make it vegan-friendly or meatless by omitting the bacon: in that case, arrange the apple slices directly in the oiled pan. Pour the molasses evenly over the apple slices and the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil. Let them cook for one minute. Turn them around and pour the batter over the apples. Follow the rest of the recipe as-is.
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Kuntala Bhattacharya says
I have made pancakes and love them. But this one looks different. Certainly delicious. I dont eact bacon though maybe with chicken salami, not sure though.
Kuntala, just omit the bacon. It will still be heavenly delicious and a perfect fall recipe!
katrina Kroeplin says
omg this looks amazing. i seriously need this like right now!
Autumn Murray says
What an interesting flavor combination! It looks and sounds delicious!
Emman Damian says
My goodness! I love your APPLE BUCKWHEAT PANCAKE WITH BACON recipe! Can't wait to do it tonight! So good!
Aww. thank you Emman!
Melanie williams says
My husband would love this, so we may well have to give this a go at the weekend for our bit of baking time x
Oh, Melanie, this is definitely a great weekend recipe! I hope you'll enjoy it as much as my family does!
Marie Phillips says
My daughter used to make a similar recipe all the time. I love the addition of bacon to it. And I love that it is sweetened with molasses.
Marie, I would love to see your daughter's creations. Share it next time she makes it;)
Ashley t says
Oh my goodness this looks and sounds so delicous. Would love to try making this one day.
I've never seen anything like this before. It looks so delicious.
Thank you, Heather!
Matt Taylor says
This looks really good! I love how easy it is to make too, one skillet dishes are awesome!
Thank you, Matt!
the joyous living says
this looks like quite an amazing pancake for autumn. apples and bacon! might i ask what buckwheat flour tastes like?
I would say, nutty. But some brands might have a bitter taste to them that easily is ommitted by adding cinnamon. The dates in this recipe will also balance these flavors. I hope you'll give Buckwheat a try;)
That looks so good! I've never had a pancake that was an actual cake in a pan like that before. I've only ever had that American version. I have to make this!
I hope you'll try it, Surekha. And if you do, share your creations. I would love to see them;)
Aww yeah. Now all I need is a huge glass of milk and a gallon of syrup. That looks amazing!
Ben, you definitely know how to celebrate life;)