You can take your favourite buttermilk pancake from scratch recipe and spice it up for fall with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and a pinch of cloves, or really any fall spice will work. These are great ways of adding flavour to pancakes without too much of an impact on texture. You can also consider substituting part of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat or even oats, knowing that the oats will absorb more liquid than the flour.
You can also try adding fruit, like blueberries or diced apple, though sometimes fruit can make pancakes a little soggy if you aren't careful. That's where adding fruit to your syrup or topping might be a better option. It's why a Dutch baby pancake is best served with the fresh fruit on top after baking, rather than trying to incorporate them into the batter.
Apple maple syrup topping
You can make a fun topping for pancakes by cooking and caramelizing diced apples with sugar, and deglazing with maple syrup. The apples candy in the syrup and become translucent and soft, as the syrup is infused with apple flavour. It's sweet, a little tangy from the tart apples. It's the perfect accompaniment to pancakes in the fall. If you are looking for a different kind of pancake, try my *slightly* healthier Greek yogurt pancakes.
I love to bake with maple and this apple maple syrup is definitely a winner to add to my growing list of maple syrup recipes.
Spiced buttermilk pancakes with apple maple syrup
For the pancakes
- 190 grams (1½ cups) all-purpose flour
- 2.5 mL (½ teaspoon) Diamond Crystal fine kosher salt
- 2.5 mL (½ teaspoon) baking soda
- 2.5 mL (½ teaspoon) baking powder
- 15 mL (1 tablespoon) granulated sugar
- 3.75 mL (¾ teaspoon) ground cinnamon
- 0.625 mL (⅛ teaspoon) ground nutmeg
- 0.625 mL (⅛ teaspoon) ground ginger
- 1 pinch ground cloves
- 28 grams (2 tablespoon) unsalted butter melted, plus more for frying the pancakes
- 190 mL (¾ cup) buttermilk (1 % fat)
- 125 mL (½ cup) whole milk (3.25 % fat)
- 5 mL (1 teaspoon) pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs separated
Apple maple syrup
- 2 apples I used Cortlands
- 150 grams (¾ cup) granulated sugar
- 190 mL (¾ cup) pure maple syrup plus more for serving
- Whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and spices in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, buttermilk, milk, vanilla, and the egg yolks. Pour the wet mixture over the whisked dry mixture, and stir with the whisk to combine. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. Fold the beaten egg whites into the batter, quickly, and set the batter aside while you prepare the fry pan.
- Preheat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat til it’s good and hot. Add a dollop of butter, and let it melt, swishing it around with a spatula. Dollop half-ladles (or so) of the pancake batter onto the preheated pan, and cook the pancakes, flipping when the bottom-side is golden brown and the top batter is bubbly.
- When all the pancakes are fried, you can keep them hot in a warmed oven while you make the syrup.
- To make the syrup: Toss the diced apples with the sugar in a bowl. Wipe down the frying pan and add the sugar coated apples to it on medium heat, stirring. The sugar will melt while the apple cooks and releases its juice. Continue cooking til the sugar has caramelized, then remove the pan from the heat and deglaze with the maple syrup. Return the pan to the heat, and simmer for a few minutes to thicken (about 3 minutes on medium heat). If you had any lumps of sugar crystals form at the beginning, they should dissolve at this stage.
- Serve the pancakes drizzled with apple maple syrup, and more maple syrup if you dare. A dollop of crème fraiche or yogurt is really nice too!