Do you like breakfast? I am more of a brunch kinda girl. Mostly because the only time I make a nice breakfast is on the weekends. During the week it is usually a quick egg white omelet with cheese and veggies, eaten while I am sitting at the computer typing up a post. Why you ask do I not want to make a "real" breakfast on the weekends? Well, seriously? I am lazy and don't want to get up and cook until about 10 AM or so. So that makes it brunch right? Hhhmmmm no, the time doesn't make it brunch. What is the thing that makes it brunch? Think....think....think.....OH YA.....BOOZE!! Yup some nice fresh squeezed OJ with crisp prosecco bubbles in it? I am more than happy to cook! Hey a little reward is nice once in a while right? OK let's get off the booze and on to the rest of the story.
The first time I saw this dish was on Paula's Home Cooking a few years back. I thought it was funny because the episode was called "Breakfast in Bed". Paula wakes up with her hubby and says she wants him to bring her breakfast in bed. Then she proceeds to get out of bed, while he stays in bed mind you, and whip up a few tasty breakfast type treats, this Oven Baked Dutch Apple Pancake being one of them. Then she goes back to bed and they share the food she just made. Uuummmm excuse me? Am I the only one that doesn't feel that is how it should go when you ask for breakfast in bed?? Of course if I asked for breakfast in bed I would probably get a look like I grew a third eye so I would have to make it myself as well!
This recipe called for canned apple pie filling, but those canned fillings are sooooo full of sugar, so I decided to cook my own "pie filling" for the pancake. With my gastric bypass, sugar can make me so sick, and none of us want any more calories than necessarily right? I am by no means saying this is a "healthy" breakfast. But it is much healthier than it was!
Oven Baked Dutch Apple Pancake
6 cups apples, peeled and sliced
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
1 lemon, zested
1/4 teaspoon salt
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a 10-inch cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add apples and saute 6 minutes or until apples are just tender. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook for 1 minute or until sugar melts.
In a bowl, beat the eggs until frothy. Add the milk, flour,Greek yogurt, lemon zest, and salt. Beat just until batter is smooth. Pour over the hot apple mixture in the skillet, and immediately put the pan in the oven. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the pancake is puffed up and golden brown. Using a small, fine sieve, lightly dust the top of the pancake with confectioners' sugar. Serve warm.