Merry Christmas! It’s hard to believe that it is almost here already. It’s a gloomy and rainy day outside but I am diffusing some Joyful Moments essential oil that smells like Christmas to make it feel more cheerful. Today I am doing some cleaning, grocery shopping and heading to church for our Christmas Eve service. Tomorrow my husband and I will spend the morning having breakfast together and opening our gifts to each other before having family over for dinner.
This past Thanksgiving we created a new menu with a lot of dishes we had never tried before. It was fun to try new recipes but it was a lot of work to coordinate so many new and complicated recipes. So for Christmas we are keeping the menu simple with ham and some other simple side dishes. I am also simplifying Christmas breakfast by making this apple oven pancake instead of my usual cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting.
Apple oven pancake is something I have often made for dinner when I need to use up some apples. The last time I made it, I decided to add some cinnamon sugar pecans and it was wonderful! My husband even commented that it tasted like apple pie. That’s when I knew it would make a great dish for Christmas breakfast.
If you are looking for a new idea for Christmas breakfast or just want a simple dish to make for dinner one night, try it out!
- 4-5 small apples (or about 2 large) – preferably a tart apple like granny smith to balance the sweetness
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cup chopped pecans
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 400°. Place butter in a 13×9 inch glass baking dish. Put baking dish into oven while it is heating. Remove from the oven when butter is melted. Brush butter around the pan until it is evenly distributed.
- While butter is melting, core and peel all the apples. Then cut apples into thin slices. Place apples in baking dish with melted butter. Sprinkle with the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix until apples are coated with the butter and sugar. Spread apples in the pan as evenly as possible. Bake apples for 8-10 minutes or until slightly softened.
- Use a medium size mixing bowl to combine flour, salt, eggs, vanilla and milk. Stir until moist but do not over mix. Pour mixture over apples. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until puffy and golden brown.
- Serve immediately with cinnamon sugar pecans. Top with maple syrup or powdered sugar if desired.
- Melt butter in a small-medium pan over medium heat on the stove.
- Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Add pecans and stir to coat. Stir frequently until butter sugar mixture begins to bubble. Continue cooking for a few minutes longer. Sugar may become sticky. Remove from pan and pour onto a plate covered with parchment paper. Allow pecans to sit until cooled and sugar has begun to harden.