Recipe courtesy of Susan Simon

Apple-Molasses Pancakes with Honey Butter

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  • Yield: Makes about 16 pancakes; serve
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Ingredients

For the pancakes:

3 tart apples such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and grated

1 egg, lightly beaten

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 1 tablespoon butter for the skillet

2 tablespoons dark molasses

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups flour

For the honey butter:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup pure honey

Directions

  1. Make the pancakes: In a large bowl, combine the apples, egg, melted butter, and molasses. Stir in the milk.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour.
  3. With a whisk or dinner fork, stir the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined. Don't overdo it! There should be some lumps.
  4. In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-low heat. Swirl the butter around the pan, entirely covering it. Using a 1/4-cup measuring cup, pour 3 portions of batter into the skillet. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes, or until broken bubbles appear. Use a metal spatula to turn the cakes and cook for another 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until a crisp surface is achieved. Keep the pancakes warm on a platter in a preheated 200 degrees F oven while repeating to cook the remaining batter.
  5. Make the butter: In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the honey over very low heat. Serve the pancakes and honey butter hot.