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Caramelized apple pancakes with creme anglaise on plate.

Caramelized Apple Pancakes Recipe (copycat Bongo Room Chicago pancakes)

  • Author: Christina
  • Category: Recipes, breakfast


These decadent and delicious caramelized apple pancakes sing of the fall season, and can be topped with whipped cream, homemade or canned. For homemade whipped cream, beat a cup of heavy cream with a couple teaspoons of sugar. To spice it up, add a splash of orange liquor or brandy!




  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of cloves
  • pinch of allspice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup whole (or 2%)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 egg whites (reserve egg yolks for sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • zest of one lemon 

Caramelized apples

  • 1 apple, peeled and cut into ¼-inch slices, tossed in lemon juice
  • fresh-squeezed lemon juice, for preventing apples from browning
  • ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

Crème anglaise (vanilla sauce)

  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • ⅔ cup whole milk
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 egg yolks (save whites for French macarons)
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise (or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract)



Make vanilla sauce

  1. If using fresh vanilla bean, bring heavy cream and milk just to a boil and remove from heat.  Gently scrape out seeds of vanilla bean and add to pot with bean, let steep for 15 minutes.
  2. Strain and return infused liquid to pot with half of the granulated sugar.
  3. In a heat-proof bowl, stir together egg yolks and remaining sugar. 
  4. Bring milk, cream and sugar to a boil.
  5. Slowly drizzle hot milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly.
  6. Immediately pour the egg mixture back into the pot, and over very low heat, stir constantly until the sauce coats the back of the wooden spoon. 
  7. Strain once more to remove any curdled egg yolk, and add vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste, if using.
  8. Sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated. Reheat gently over low heat.Caramelized apple pancakes recipe with creme anglaise by Edible Times

Mix + cook pancakes

  1. Combine first six ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add remaining pancake ingredients, and stir just until the batter comes together.
  3. On a griddle or oiled pan, melt a small amount of butter and pour about a half a cup of batter per pancake.
  4. Cook on first side until bubbles pop at the surface, flip, and finish.
  5. Keep cooked pancakes in a warm oven until ready to serve.

Caramelize apples

  1. in a large sauté pan over medium heat, melt butter until foamy.
  2. Add apples and sprinkle over sugar.
  3. Cook until caramelized, flipping once. 
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon and set aside.

Caramelized apple pancakes recipe with creme anglaise by Edible Times


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