This is what a typical Sunday morning looks like in my tiny apartment:
Yup. Cookbooks, magazines, a notebook, usually my calendar, my ipad (with Pinterest open) and some form of hot beverage in one of the many (42) mugs that I own (and collect obsessively!). Oh! And there's usually a very large furball of a cat who is trying to sprawl out across EVERYTHING. This beast is Mo, my fur baby, the love of my life and best snuggle buddy ever! As I write this post, Mo is nestled up against my thigh, snoring and 'supervising' as he always does!
Typically, I spend at least one morning of my weekend (usually a Sunday) planning my meals for the week around activities/obligations and this puts a smile on my face. I am a planner (have I mentioned that I went to school for Event Planning aka anal retentive, list-making heaven!?!?). I feel better knowing a) what I need to buy when I go grocery shopping b) that I won't have to think about figuring out what to make for dinner and c) to have a game plan. I've overcome the inevitable 'What if you don't actually feel like cooking that meal that night?' with a simple attitude of do what feels right. If I come home from work exhausted and feel like cereal for dinner, so be it. I also love swapping out meal nights based on cravings that day which helps make things more interesting as well. But enough about meal planning!
Truth be told, I didn't really feel like menu planning. I wanted to stay in my PJs all day and just do nothing but watch TV and chill out. This was fine and dandy until about 10:30 this morning when I started to get a little hungry. There is something magical about a Sunday morning breakfast or brunch. It makes the day seem so full of promise to do whatever it is on this incredible day where you don't have to run off to work!!!
On this particular morning of promise, I was craving apple pancakes. I've been thinking about these for a while now for a few reasons: 1) I have a few apples sitting in my fridge, 2) they seem like a quick breakfast 3) they seem like something I could enjoy as someone who doesn't actually enjoy pancakes. I know, I know!! Who doesn't like pancakes, right? Well, here's the thing and this may be a bit of a shocker. Are you sitting down? I don't like eating eggs. And the few times that I have tried to enjoy a pancake has always been with very eggy tasting cakes, so I've steered clear! Miraculously, a few weeks ago, my Mum's boyfriend made a batch of apple pancakes that were spot on. More apple than anything but they were soft, fluffy and had very little evidence of eggs! After finding a few recipes that seemed to be able to meet my craving, I embarked on the mission this morning.
I settled on a recipe for Apple Pie Pancakes from the lovely blog, Averie Cooks. Let's just take a minute to pay proper respect to Averie's incredibly beautiful blog! (thank you!!). Averie's recipe was simple and seemed that it would be exactly what I was craving. So I went to work. Prep was all of 10-12 minutes tops and then it was simply up to the cooking of these little apple filled beauties in a hot pan. Once ready, I topped mine with some yummy maple syrup (I didn't end up making the vanilla maple syrup but I'm sure it would be phenomenal) and I went to town. Oh sweet baby lord, these little numbers were perfect. My first few bites were au naturel (no syrup, just naked cakes) and I was worried that they weren't sweet enough (you'll note the recipe has no sugar in it). But, the syrup helped sweeten them up and made them heavenly. I made extras and have frozen them for quick breakfasts over the next little while, though I fear they won't last very long!
If you are looking for a quick, delicious and healthy breakfast, these are definitely for you. I've actually made them a few times since that initial Sunday morning and have even made a few more changes to the recipe to up the healthy quotient even more:
- I've swapped out half of the white flour for whole wheat flour (I do this often as a while back I accidentally bought a 10kg bag of what I thought was white flour but was in fact whole wheat flour and I will be damned if that bag goes to waste!!)
- I've mixed up the types of apples I use - granny smith, macintosh, ambrosia, pink lady... you name it, you can use it!
- I've added a few tablespoons of chia seeds to the dry ingredients.
All of these changes, while small, have made a few phenomenal batches of pancakes. Hopefully I don't have to remind you that tomorrow is Sunday.... if you have nothing planned, take a look around your cupboards and whip up some of these bad boys. You will not regret it!! Please let me know if you make them, how they turn out and if you have any questions.
Happy Weekend friends!