Two Sisters’ Apple Pancake

Kathy Hoffman and her sister Debbie grew up near a little restaurant called Dinah’s, located in Westchester, California. Dinah’s apple pancake was their favorite dish, and they returned repeatedly to examine, analyze, and taste the dish so they could eventually replicate it. They often had a new question for each different waiter to try to glean information about how it was made. This recipe is the result of their investigations – though it’s not exactly the same, it is still delicious!


4-5 granny smith apples
4 Tbsp butter
¼ C brown sugar
dash of cinnamon


6 eggs
½ tsp salt
⅓ C sugar
⅔ C flour
1 C milk
1 tsp vanilla


⅓ C sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
4 Tbsp butter for pan

Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Place 9×13 pan in oven to warm. When batter is ready, add butter to pan and allow to melt.

In the mean-time, core and peel apples, then slice thin. Melt butter in large non-stick skillet. Cook apple slices in skillet until tender. Sprinkle with brown sugar & cinnamon. Stir to mix. In separate bowl, beat eggs until foamy. Beat in dry ingredients. Add liquids and blend until smooth.

Spread apples evenly in hot pan & melted butter. Pour batter over top of apples. Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top. Bake for 20-25 minutes until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

Yields: 8-12 servings

Time to make: ~40 min

Source: Kathy Hoffman

Published in: on September 14, 2009 at 4:20 am  Leave a Comment  

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