I’ve had my nose buried in this book for the past couple weeks.

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Something about the cool weather of fall has gotten me in the mood to bake bread; it’s sort of romantic I guess. Cold, rainy, windy outside only to retreat inside our cozy warm little apartment with the smell of fresh yeasted bread baking as you walk through the door. Well friends those recipes are to come, but this one I wanted to share with you today is as simple as it gets.

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We woke up later than normal Saturday (after 9 eek!) and this was the perfect thing, simple ingredients and done in 25 minutes. Not to mention only one dirty pie plate later breakfast was served. This is a mix between a pancake and a popover, just lovely with your morning coffee, not to mention the smell of the cloves will send you in a fall frenzy; that is if your not there already.

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Apple Pancake Sam
recipe from The Tassajara Bread Book

  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 med. apple, sliced into wedges
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 3 eggs
  • Ground cloves
  • Put butter into 9 inch round pie plate, heat in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Don’t brown. Squeeze lemon juice over apple slices and toss with brown sugar. Set aside.Combine flour, a pinch of ground cloves, milk and eggs; whisk briefly. Batter will be lumpy. Remove baking dish from oven. Pour in batter. Arrange apples in circle around dish. Top with the remaining lemon-brown sugar mixture. Bake until firm and puffy. Dust with ground cloves. Serve with warm syrup. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

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    Images: sammyw

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