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How many of you have seen the new show, The Chew? I’ll be totally honest here – that very first episode almost gave me an anxiety attack. If you don’t know the show, there are 5 hosts, and it’s basically a talk show about food. I was really excited for the first episode, but I really felt like it was a little chaotic. Too many people talking at the same time and too much rushing around, (I think it’s live??). But that being said, I’m glad I stuck around and kept watching, because I feel like they are getting into the swing of things more and more with every episode.

The actual show and hosts aside, I do have to say that there are many, many things that they have made that I want to try at home. Carla’s Pumpkin Beignets, Mario’s Chicken with Black Beans and Rice, Michael’s Lola Burger, Daphne’s Cannoli Parfait, and Clinton’s Purple Cow, just to name a few!  Along with today’s recipe – Carla Hall’s Apple Pancake Rings.

Apple Pancake Rings | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Carla actually made these on that very first episode, and this is one recipe that has stuck out in my mind since the beginning.  And since I told you how to make your own pancake mix, and showed you another creative way to eat those pancakes, I thought it would be fun to bring you another use for that pancake mix!!

I had a couple of different kinds of apples on hand, so I decided to try them both out and see what kind I liked better in this recipe.  I had a granny smith and a gala, and I by far liked the granny smith better.  The gala was still good, but got a little bit mushy and didn’t have that pop of flavor like the granny smith did.  And even though there are only 2 apples in the picture above, I ended up using 4 apples to use most of the pancake mix. On the episode, Carla reduced some apple cider with cinnamon to make a syrup to serve over the apples, but I didn’t have any apple cider on hand.  So I just served mine with regular old pancake syrup, and they were pretty delicious that way!!  I actually think these would make the perfect after school snack, too.  Although they are best served warm, and the leftovers get pretty soggy.  But eat them up while they are hot, and you won’t regret it!


Apple Pancake Rings | www.tasteandtellblog.com


Apple Pancake Rings
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Fresh apples sliced and dipped in pancake batter, then cooked until golden. Great for breakfast or for an after school snack!
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 1 batch Pancake Mix, prepared
  • ½ cup (additional) buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • zest of ½ lemon
  • 4 medium apples
  1. Heat a griddle over medium heat.
  2. Prepare the pancake mix, mixing in the additional buttermilk, the pumpkin pie spice and the lemon zest.
  3. Peel the apples, core them, and slice them into ⅛" slices. Use a toothpick to dip each slice into the pancake batter, then onto the griddle. Cook until golden brown, flipping once. Serve warm with syrup or with apple cider that has been reduced with cinnamon.
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  5. adapted from The Chew


More apple and pancake goodness:

Baked Apple Gingerbread Pancake from Simple Bites
Buttery Cinnamon Apple Pancakes from I Adore Food
Apple Pie Pancakes from Chocolate Covered Katie

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20 Responses to Apple Pancake Rings

  1. Aww, thanks for including me :).

    I love your creative idea!! And your photography is beautiful!

  2. These are so cute! What a great idea!

  3. Bev Weidner says:

    Whaaaaat? That’s pretty cute!

  4. Kalyn says:

    Love this idea, very cool!

  5. Ooo delicious!!! Tis the season for apples and these look wonderful 🙂

  6. Diana says:

    Interesting idea. So far I have not tried this combination but now I do. It is not complicated, I would say.

  7. Joanne says:

    These are such a cute idea! I prefer them to dried apple rings any day!

  8. Tia says:

    that is genius!!!
    i love this for fall. i bet the kids would GOBBLE it up too.

  9. Kristy says:

    You are on a roll with breakfast this week – I LOVE it!

  10. I watched The Chew, made these and featured them on my blog as well! Aren’t they fun and cute?

  11. Pure genius! Sounds delicious!

  12. Katrina says:

    These sound delightful! They’re so cute too 🙂

  13. Ashley says:

    These look amazing! What a yummy fall snack or breakfast!

  14. My husband and I thought the same thing when we saw The Chew! It seemed so loud and confusing with everyone fighting for attention. But now, the show seems a lot smoother. I’m so glad that you tried this recipe! It looked so simple and easy. Your blog and pictures are fantastic! I can’t wait to make this so I can post it on my blog too:-) Continued success!

  15. grace says:

    pumpkin pie spice?!!? why not apple pie spice? just curious. regardless, these are cute and must be oh-so-tasty. nice find!

  16. Just saw this gem on your wall! Thanks for relinking! Pinned. They look so good! Family would love them!

  17. Brittany says:

    Was just wondering if they could be frozen after being cooked? Would love to make these all at once for easy breakfast for kids in the morning for school.

  18. Anthony says:

    I am putting together a recipe book and would like to use the image of ‘apple pancake rings’

    • Deborah says:

      Hi Anthony,

      I do not allow the use of my photos elsewhere. If you are interested in purchasing the rights, please contact me. Thanks!

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