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Pancakes for breakfast? Yes, please!  Last weekend I decided to upgrade the traditional “eggs-for-breakfast” and make pancakes instead.  Rather than making them plain or over-the-top-pumpkin-spice variety, I decided on the Apple Walnut Pancakes with Homemade Cranberry Sauce and based the recipe on one of my favorites for Apple Bacon Pancakes I have done in the past.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1 egg

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 apples, grated

1/2 cup chopped roasted walnuts

Directions

1.  Whisk dry ingredients.  Add the wet ingredients and whisk to combine.  Stir in apples and walnuts.

2.  Heat a large pan over medium high heat and lightly grease with oil or butter.   

3.  Use a measuring cup (1/4 c) or a small ladle to make pancakes.  Cook the pancakes for 4-5 minutes on each side. You will notice the edges drying out and bubbles appearing on the surface of the pancakes – that’s when you know it’s time to flip!

4.  Add butter or oil, as needed between the batches.  Serve the pancakes hot, with a drizzle of honey, yogurt and homemade cranberry sauce.
And speaking of cranberry sauce, it has got to be one of the easiest things to make yourself in the kitchen!  Simply combine fresh cranberries with organge juice, zest of oranges or mandarines, a little bit of grated ginger and sweetener.  You can use sugar or honey, to taste.  I like mine on the sour side and don’t use too much of either sweetener.
The combination of hot pancakes with cool yogurt and cranberry sauce will surely win you praise with your breakfast companions.
I have been eating the leftover of the cranberry sauce and yogurt for breakfast, as a parfait, tossed together with chia seed granola.  Bon appetite!
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