Monday, January 3, 2011

Apple Cider Buttermilk Pancakes with Apple Caramel Syrup


The combination of sweet apple cider and tangy buttermilk make these golden pancakes an addictive treat. Topped with homemade apple caramel syrup that can be canned for future use. 

Apple Cider Buttermilk Pancakes with Apple Caramel Syrup recipe from cherryteacakes.com

Happy 2011! As promised this year is "condiments" year and I'm starting out with my little brain child: apple cider caramel syrup...but what's syrup without a pancake right? 

I've never been much for following a recipe. I see the recipe and think, "To heck with that. This sounds so much better!" That's how both these little recipes came about! I love it.

I started out to make Apple Caramel Jelly, and ended up with Apple Caramel Syrup instead. I'm not particularly sad. It just means a second attempt will be made, and until then my pancakes are going to be very tasty! I also canned the syrup, so I have a nice stock pile for the remainder of the year! Delightful!  

In case the idea of canning just scared you, don't worry! You don't have to can the syrup. I just did because it was supposed to be jelly. (And since I was trying to go old school without fruit pectin and cook it by hand, and am not as of yet particularly adept as understanding the "set tests" I failed and stopped the cooking a good bit too soon). Canning is actually beautifully easy, none of those water baths and boiling jars are actually necessary. Thank you modern sciences for improving canning so wonderfully! If you have a dishwasher and an oven you are ready to go....well and jars, and lids, and something to can! 

But I have something for you to can right here! 

Apple Cider Caramel Syrup

1 quart apple cider
5-1/2 cups sugar
7 half pint jars and lids

If canning, heat your oven to 200 degrees. On a cookie sheet place your clean jars and lid pieces.  Put in oven until ready to use.

Place a small plate in your freezer.

Start with an even layer of 3 cups of sugar in a heavy-duty pan, such as a deep skillet. Heat the sugar over moderate heat, until it begins to melt.  Continue cooking over very low heat, stirring as little as possible, until the entire mixture has becomes a dark amber liquid. Meanwhile begin the apple cider mixture.

In a large stock pot, combine the apple cider and remaining sugar. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. 

Add in caramel sauce. The caramel will seize up.  Return the juice to a low boil and continue to stir until the seized caramel liquefies into the sauce.  Continue to cook until the sauce feels slightly thickened. Pour a teaspoon of sauce onto the small plate in your freezer. If, after a minute, the apple caramel mixture feels like a syrup to the touch and appears decently thick, you are ready to can it. If not, continue to cook testing every few minutes.

When ready remove the tray of jars and lids from the oven.  Ladle or pour the syrup into the jars leaving only a ¼ inch gap at the top. Put on lids tightly, and carefully, and then place, lid side down on the counter to cool (this is seal the jar and sterilize the air left inside). Allow to cool completely before turning right side up and storing.

If using immediately put into a storage container and allow cooling slightly before eating.

Store opened unused syrup in the refrigerator.  


Apple Cider Buttermilk Pancakes

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar or 1 tablespoon sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons powdered buttermilk**
¾ cup apple cider
1 egg
½ cup butter, melted

In a bowl combine the flour, vanilla sugar, baking powder, salt and buttermilk. Combine cider, egg, and melted butter in a separate bowl.  Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Pour batter by ¼ cupfuls onto a lightly greased hot skillet, griddle or pan. Flip when bubbles appear on top of pancakes and finish cooking. 

** I use buttermilk powder in the pancakes, which is something I highly recommend owning, as buttermilk will often go bad before used fully, and the powder has a higher variety of uses! I bought mine in the baking section of my local grocery store. 

35 comments:

  1. I also loosely follow recipes. I see them as more of a guideline. These pancakes sound great!

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  2. These sound wonderful :) I love pancakes.. in fact we're having them this morning but they will definitely not be as delicious as these! I can't wait to try them when I get back from vacation!

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  3. That syrup sounds so amazing. I could imaging putting that over nearly anything.

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  4. MMM!! My family adores pancakes... these will be a hit!

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  5. I've never made syrup but your instructions are so complete and make me feel I could do it. Glad I had already eaten my oatmeal this morning or I would have been having pancake envy. Maybe tomorrow will be pancake day!

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  6. Looks so delicious! I can't wait for your condiments posts. I'd love to make more condiments from scratch.

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  7. I love your goal for this year! I can't wait for more! I've got to try this syrup, because I LOVE pancakes :)

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  8. These sound like a great winter pancake. I wish I could stray more away from recipes, I'd love to start creating my own goodies.

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  9. Oh wow...these pancakes are incredible. I love that syrup...mmmmmm!
    I'm with you on the recipe thing - I look at it, register it as a basic idea, and then when I go to work at it, I just tweak and tweak and tweak... it never looks like the same recipe.

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  10. I love that you were able to salvage the "jelly" as a syrup! It sounds so yummy!

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  11. These look so tasty, especially since pancakes are my favorite food!

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  12. My husband will dig that syrup...he puts syrup on everything! Great recipe, thanks!

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  13. Yes please Ill take 5, way better than IHOP!

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  14. This syrup sounds like the most amazing homemade Christmas gift for special friends next year ... bookmarked and saved! Keep 'em comin'! Am loving this condiment thing you've got goin' on!

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  15. The cider syrup may be the best thing I've seen today. Brilliant.

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  16. What a fantastic idea. I especially love that you canned the syrup.

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  17. Those pancakes look amazing! Apple is one of the few fruits this picky eater will eat so I have got to give this a try :D

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  18. Your syrup looks amazing. I can imagine it not only on pancakes, but also waffles, and maybe poured over a still warm apple cake.

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  19. That syrup sounds so good! I bet the apple cider and caramel flavor is just amazing. It sure looks it!

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  20. oh wow! that must be some amazing pancakes. I love apple cider but I guess it will work the same with pear :)

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  21. I don't mind saying that these are some of the best looking pancakes I've ever seen in my life.

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  22. This looks so amazing! I wish I had one right now!

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  23. I love apple cider, and drink it all fall and winter. I'm sure that I would T know that , you could put the canning jars in the oven. Good idea!

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  24. Ooo, that oozing syrup looks so tempting... I think that Apple Cider Caramel Syrup is going to go on my list of things to make in 2011. Yes, definitely.

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  25. Oh, geez! Now I am going to have to try this! Add to my long, growing, list! Thanks!

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  26. Great idea to add apple cider to pancakes! We're always on the lookout for fun ways to spice up a weekend breakfast!

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  27. Ooh, I like this. I've always been a sucker for a beautiful plate of pancakes. And the flavored syrup? Icing on the cake. Thanks!

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  28. The pancakes look great. I would love to wake up to those! Thanks.

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  29. These look amazing! I'm such a huge fan of pancakes... especially with some sort of fresh fruit added to it! Congrats on top9!

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  30. I love the idea of making apple cider syrup! Brilliant!

    Congrats on top 9!

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  31. Congrats on Top 9 and this is an amazing combination. Pancakes are one of my trigger foods and I can feel a binge coming on when I make these.

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  32. Made these this morning, I found one stick of butter to be way too much. They tasted good but they were so rich from the amount of butter in them that people couldn't eat more than one, at least without feeling sick :)

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  33. Beautiful picture! Congratulations! Must be delicious too.

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  34. If I use fresh buttermilk, do I still use 3 Tbsp? Looks like a delicious recipe!

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