Apple Cider Pancakes + Cinnamon-Sugar Topping

by Tokyo Terrace on September 17, 2011

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Around this time of year, I am conditioned to expect fall weather. Cooler temperatures, the slight change in the shade of maple leaves, and the crispness that suddenly hits the air. Warm mugs of hot apple cider become a daily indulgence and I cannot help but love every ounce of what the season has to offer. That’s all thanks to growing up in Minnesota, where the seasons, though unpredictable at times, come in the appropriate month. For the past 3 years, I have been constantly disappointed that the temperatures still rise above 90 F and that the humidity has yet to subside. Part of me understands that I am in a place that clearly does not experience fall on my personal timetable. And yet I cannot help but hope that this time will be different.

When autumn does finally arrive, I feel a sense of release. Like I’ve been wrapped up in a straight jacket for the past weeks and months that has finally been removed and I can at last take a deep breath of fresh air. We haven’t come to that time yet in Tokyo, so my mind has been wandering to thoughts of cider, viewing fall leaves, and enjoying the coziness of the first sweater of the season.

Autumn in Minnesota always means taking a trip to our local apple orchard which is conveniently located a mere 15 minute walk from the house I grew up in. I enjoyed going there with my family to get caramel apples, apple pie, apple muffins, apple cider donuts, and of course, a paper cup of hot spiced cider and maybe a little cinnamon ice cream. There are so many warm memories stored away in my mind from growing up with this tradition.

In an attempt to bring a little bit of those memories to life here in Tokyo, I decided to try making apple cider pancakes. I’ve been craving the apple cider donuts of my youth, but being that they are thousands of miles away I had to improvise. I tried to recreate the same flavor profile in these pancakes by adding cinnamon and apple cider (actually apple juice for me today) and topping them with butter, cinnamon and sugar.

The warmth of the cinnamon with the sweet tang of the apple brought me right back to those days of standing outside in late September, gazing up at a clear, crisp Minnesota sky drinking in the perfection that is autumn. The topping perfectly mimicked the coating of those apple cider donuts- a little greasy from the butter , like a cake donut should be, with the spicy-sweet-finger-licking combination of cinnamon and sugar.

I’m still waiting for the wind to bring with it cooler, more comfortable temperatures. But until then, these pancakes will have to get me through these last few days of a very hot Tokyo summer.

Apple Cider Pancakes + Cinnamon-Sugar Topping

*This recipe makes a large batch. If you are making these for 2 or 3 people, just save the extra dry mix as I’ve indicated below. This way you’ll have plenty for the next time you decide to make pancakes! If you’d prefer not to use whole wheat flour, use white flour instead.

3 cups whole wheat flour
3 cups white flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon salt

Place ingredients in an airtight container and store until ready to use. Or continue with the recipe below, which makes  nice amount of pancakes for 2 very hungry people or 4 not so hungry people:

1 cups dry pancake mix

1 egg, separated
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup buttermilk (or buttermilk substitute)
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoons honey
1/2 cup apple cider (or apple juice if you can’t find cider)

Unsalted Butter (both for cooking the pancakes and topping them when they are finished)

3 Tablespoons sugar + 1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon

Place the 1 cup of dry mix in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk the egg white, buttermilk, yogurt, honey and cider. In another small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and olive oil. Whisk the wet ingredients in one bowl until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry mix and stir until just combined. Lumps are good! Don’t get rid of them!

Heat 1 tablespoon of butter or vegetable oil in a medium pan. Measure 1/3 cup of the batter and pour into the pan. When you start to see small bubbles on the top of the pancakes and the edges are beginning to cook, flip the pancake. Be sure to add more butter or oil as needed so the pancakes don’t stick.

While the pancakes are still warm, top with some butter and allow it to melt over the top of the pancakes. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar mixture and eat!

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  • Marylouise

    These sound delicious!!  Bookmarking them!  Thanks!

  • Bobby Judo

    I’d love to try these out, but I’m also in Japan, so I’ve gotta ask: What do you use for the yogurt? I notice a pretty large difference in tartness between Japanese brands of “plain yogurt” and the stuff we used to get back home.

  • Anonymous

    I use Japanese plain yogurt- they seem to be more tart but they work just as well in the pancake mix. Hope you enjoy!

  • Keiko

    This sounds delicious! I’d love to try but also want to make sure I have read this correctly. So I’ll need 2 cups of dry pancake mix with the wet ingredients shown, not 1 cup, correct?

    I’m a Japanese (from Tokyo) mom of two boys living in Canada, and I have been enjoying your Tokyo Terrace since I discovered it a few months ago. Thank you very much!

  • Beth Michelle

    I totally get your yearning for fall!! Here in Israel we still need to stay inside most of the time with the ac blasting!! Your pancakes look amazing. I cannot wait to try them! Love the cinnamon sugar topping!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Keiko- thanks for your comment and I’m so glad to hear from you! The recipe I’ve posted uses only 1 cup of dry mix, but you can easily double the recipe if you are making it for a larger group (especially if you’re feeding hungry boys). Looking forward to seeing you here again soon!

  • Anonymous

    Glad I’m not the only one longing for fall! Hope you survive the hot weather in Israel- glad you have AC! 

  • Yesim

    It looks great.. in turkey we dont ve a sweet breakfast so would eat this for dessert:)

  • wendy

    Rachael! I saw this post yesterday and just knew these would be great for Sunday morning. I even got a rainy Sunday morning, and they were, indeed, great. I love when you make things with simple ingredients; didn’t have to buy anything fancy to make them – perfect!
    A quick note; I was also confused by the 1c./2c. dry ingredients as it says both in your directions. I went with two, thinking it sounded more correct, and then came to the bottom and saw that someone else had asked the same question but that you do actually only use one. Mine turned out fine as well, although a bit denser, even after I self-remedied with a bit of extra milk and AJ! For the future, though, only 1 cup of dry, right?

  • Anonymous

    Wendy! Thanks for trying the pancakes out AND clarifying where my mistake in the recipe was…clearly my pregnant brain was not functioning properly when I wrote, read and reread the recipe! Argh! So, moral of the story- 1 cup of dry mix, not 2. This is now edited in the recipe as well.

    Glad they turned out anyway and I hope you’re loving your new home!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Mardi! Nice to see you here- it’s been a while! A lot of my friends complain when it gets colder, but I am totally the opposite- I would much rather feel the need to put on more clothes rather than not being able to remove enough to alleviate the heat!

  • Christine

    Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!

  • Katie @ BloomEveryday

    This quite possibly could be heaven on a Saturday morning. Thanks for sharing and cannot wait to try!

  • Becky

    My husband loves to make pancakes…I’ll be passing this recipe on to him! :)

  • Kat

    I went apple-picking yesterday and bought cider specifically to make these pancakes, and I was blown away by how good they were. This is my new go-to fall weekend pancake recipe! I threw some chocolate chips in there for fun, and they turned out wonderfully. Thank you so, so much for this!

  • Amy

    Looks great! Can’t wait to try this one!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks! They are definitely worth a try! Enjoy!

  • Anonymous

    Well, the whole wheat flour should make him feel a little better about the carb load. At least there is some nutritional value to these pancakes! Enjoy the pancakes!

  • Anonymous

    Great! I’m so happy you enjoyed them and that you added your own twist! Gotta love chocolate chips in pancakes… :)

  • Anonymous

    Excellent plan!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    You’re welcome! And thank you for stopping by- I hope you give the pancakes a go!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you!

  • Wende Rickett

    It is still hot here in Texas.  It looks like fall because everything is dead from the drought we are in. 

    My kids LOVE pancakes and these look so good. I will be whipping up a batch soon!  I shared this recipe on my Must Try Tuesday post.

    Thanks for sharing!

    The Rickett Chronicles

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  • Rieck Jk

    Made these today, and they were lovely. I just have a clarification question about the ingredient list. So you have listed 3 cups of wheat flour and 3 cups of white flour, but you also say that if you want, you can substitute white for wheat flour. So my assumption is then that there should be 3 cups of flour total, of white or wheat, not 6 cups, right?

    Would we then triple the rest of the ingredient list (i.e. 3 eggs, 1/2 cup buttermilk, etc)?

  • Ellie

    Oooh! My kids will love these! Thanks for the idea. Found your recipe through I Heart Naptime. 

  • Anonymous

    So glad you stumbled on this post from I Heart Naptime! I hope you enjoy the recipe- it’s one of my favorites!

  • Anonymous

    The first part of the recipe is to help you make extra dry mix, so yes, you should have 6 cups of flour total even if you use all white flour. When it comes to making the pancakes with the wet and dry ingredients together, you should only use 1 cup dry mix. If you want to triple the recipe, then you would need to triple all of the ingredients. Hope that helps!

    Glad you enjoyed the pancakes!

  • Lbmaccorm

    My husband LOVED these pancakes.  He said they were the best he ever had!

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    Can’t wait to try it!!!

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  • Julie N

    I know it’s been a little while since you posted this recipe, but I have a question for you. In the picture of dry ingredients you have above, the first one shows a dark ingredient on top of the flour, cinnamon maybe? In the recipe I didn’t see where cinnamon was added to the dry ingredients, only sprinkled on top with sugar. I just made these and they were very good. Hubby even wants to have them on Easter morning. I just want to make sure I’m making them as you did. Thanks so much!

  • Anonymous

    I’m so happy you enjoyed these pancakes! Yes, that is cinnamon that you see in my photo. It is really an optional ingredient since there is cinnamon in the topping, but I like to add about a teaspoon to the batter when I really want a big cinnamon taste. Happy Easter!

  • Olwen

    Just wondering about the cider… I don’t think all the alcohol will vanish during baking, so not really a recipe for kids. But I suppose apple juice is a good alternative, so I’ll make two batches.

  • Tokyo Terrace

    This recipe is not meant for alcoholic apple cider- sorry about the confusion!

  • Alyssa

    I have great luck substituting our homemade kefir for buttermilk AND yogurt in recipes, including these pancakes.  I let my kefir get fairly tart too and its always sitting about on the counter.  Its been easier for me to keep kefir around than buttermilk so I thought I’d mention it.

  • Anonymous

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing your Kefir tip. I’ll have to give that a try sometime!

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    These are absolutely delicious.  We made them using Simply Apple apple juice (tastes just like cider) and added chopped granny smith apples to the batter which I would highly recommend.  Didn’t add the topping, but I’m sure it would be delicious as well.  We just went with plain syrup.  They were moist and amazing.  Highly recommended for a great fall breakfast or dinner :)  

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  • coffeebot3000

    My god, I immediately got hungry when I saw these. With the weather getting nice and chilly, some warm pancakes sound perfect. Thanks.
    Oh, and just realised you’re in Tokyo too. Fantastic.

  • Mel

    These are awesome. Do you think this recipe would work well in a waffle maker?

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    Amazing! It looks delicious!

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    this is delicious

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    I made these pancakes over the weekend and they were so good! Such a great fall breakfast. I shared pictures and the recipe on my blog:


  • Laurie

    I made this recipe over the weekend and the pancakes were so good! Such a great fall breakfast. I shared pictures and the recipe on my blog:


  • Mia Somerville Honaker

    They do have non-alcoholic apple cider.

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