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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spiced Apple and Blueberry Whole Wheat Pancakes

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When I was young I used to hate a couple of things - waking up on a Sunday morning and Cinnamon. You might wonder what the connection is. Well, there is a connection. Growing up as a staunch vegetarian amongst meat-eating neighbors meant that I have to endure the strong smells of Spiced Biryani and Mutton Kurma wafting from their kitchen and assaulting my nostrils in a very bad way. So besides the cooked meat its the smell of cinnamon stick that will linger the whole day! In many Indian households Sunday is not a part of a Fasting/Religious day and its this day that anything can be eaten.So my Flexitarian neighbors deemed Sunday as the day when they would transform into "meat eating gluttons". The men would rush to the Butcher's shop to get their plump poultry or meat and the ladies will start preparing the spices and such. There was no concept of buying frozen meat..at-least not when I was growing up. To a butcher, Sunday is like what Black Friday is to retailers. To top it, street hawkers would be selling all the nasty-smelling fish you can possibly imagine. It was terrible. And Cinnamon was the most hated spice.Because I always associated it with meat and such. I wouldn't touch a Vegetarian Kurma if I see cinnamon stick floating on it. My mom fearing my tantrums would take care not to add it in any of the foods. Poor mom!
Even after transitioning to a Flexitarian, developing a love for Chicken Biryani and Mutton Kurma, I still continued with my cinnamon-hating stint. Except this time it was being averse to baked goodies that had it. Given a choice between eating boiled cow's testicles or a cinnamon bun I would clearly choose the former. Ironically, I started craving for McDonald's Cinnamon Spiced Baked Apple Pie, Cinnabon's Classic Cinnamon Rolls when I was pregnant. I suppose it wasn't me. It was my boy who was wanting them when he was "In-Utero". He will keep kicking me until I have my share of those with a tall glass of orange juice. LoL. The fact that there were was a McDonald's a stone throw away from my work place at Park Avenue didn't help. Every-time I passed by, I would smell the Cinnamon Apple Pie in the air. What used to be revolting suddenly became pleasing. :-). Now I am at peace with the Cinnamon. Yeah, we have a treaty of sorts, thanks to my little boy. Its not high up there with Cardamom, the much-loved spice but not much hated either.
Anyways, today I will address my son's second favorite -- Soft and Fluffy. Right after little A wakes up he will ask me if he can either have Marshmallow and Charms Cereal or Fluffy pancakes. I prefer the latter cause I can always sneak in a few fruits in the pancake batter and he wouldn't know.While I am much of a Cocoa Pancake or a Banana Berry Pancake  fan, my son prefers(you guessed it) Spiced Pancakes. Well, he knew what he wanted while he was still "In-Utero". While I don't care for the strong aftertaste it leaves on my taste-buds it doesn't bother him. So I happily make this for him.
Ingredients(Makes 10, "3.5" Pancakes"):
  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Apple Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Apple, peeled and grated
  • 1 Egg, whisked
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp Allspice powder (Cinnamon Powder may be used instead)
  • A pinch of salt
Procedure:
  • Add all the dry ingredients(Flour, Baking Powder, All Spice, Sugar and Salt)  in a wide shallow bowl.
  • Add the Oil, Apple Sauce, Milk to the dry ingredients and mix.
  • Stir in the whisked egg along with the blueberries and grated apple. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Pour a ladle-ful of batter on a greased nonstick skillet and cook for 2 minutes on a low-medium flame.
  • Flip and cook for a minute or two. Repeat for the remaining batter.
  • Pile and serve with warmed maple syrup.
Makes 10, 3.5" Pancakes.

Enjoy!

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Note: If you are a sneaky mom looking to sneak in veggies into a pancake, check this recipe.
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    32 comments:

    1. Very tempting pancakes..shall try this for my kids

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    2. Looks really yummy..love to hv this 4 brkfast anytime..

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    3. the stack of pancakes looks too tempting for me to stop myself!...I am loving it with fruits!...good one Cl..I bet Kids will enjoy it!
      Smitha
      Smitha's Spicy Flavors

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    4. I can understand your plight!..pancake looks super yum!

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    5. Very well written post it jus resembles my hubbys thoughts abt sunday..pancakes looks super yummyy...

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    6. wow CL, so very tempting. I love the idea of spiced apple in it :)

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    7. Cute story..it is amazing how childhood associations carry on.

      I love the pancakes such a healthy start to the morning....love olive oil...in it .

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    8. Thank you for posting step by step pics of this wonderful recipe. Pancakes look wonderful.

      Deepa
      Hamaree Rasoi

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    9. Pancakes looks irresistible, can have it anytime,btw loved that cute story..

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    10. This is such awesome post pancake queen..love the pancake totally , just perfect.

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    11. Healthy and yummy breakfast,loved the combo,just perfect

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    12. Dear Nallini :) It was a huge pleasure reading about you - I could empathize with a bunch of feeling you expressed -I enjoyed your writing as much the contents...Growing up was almost exactly how described it - a vegetarian home surrounded by mamsam smells, esp the Sunday specials - And oddly enough Cinnamon was/is not my fav. spice at all although they do enhance certain foods... It is a very "videshi" spice I've gotten used to in this country ... If you are ever in Virginia, please let me know and we can have a girl's night out and throw back some tequilas -- I'm serious. Hugs, priya
      And btw,Pancakes look delectable :)

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    13. Pancakes do look delectable and love the addition of apple sauce. :)

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    14. Ces pancakes semblent délicieux.
      Ils donnent vraiment faim.
      A très bientôt.

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    15. And to think, just this morning I told my mom I wanted to make pancakes! These look delicious.

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    16. What an interesting story. I am so glad that you now are a Flexitarian! The pancakes do look so good. A wonderful healthy breakfast for you and your little one. Blessings, Catherine

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    17. Now this is something I can eat for breakfast everyday without thinking twice- tempting pics :)
      US Masala

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    18. these r awsum..v tempting!!!wish cud take a bite.....really,really good,rather excellent!

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    19. I love your story...and I love pancakes. These pancakes are looking super fluffy and so good.

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    20. My favorite breakfast .... i like the addition of apple sauce in it ...

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    21. Those pancakes are filled with choke full of healthy & delicious ingredients. My son would love these, but with the berries on the side.

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    22. love ur cute story..pancake looks inviting!!

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    23. Looks stunningly tempting... You could send this to the pancakes event happening at my blog..

      http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com
      Breakfast Club - Pancakes

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    24. Very Tempting!!! LOLzzz!!! laughing heartily after reading ur choice between cow's testicles or a cinnamon bun!!!

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