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Caramel Apple Pancakes, a best brunch recipe! Perfect for Pancake Day!

Caramel Apple Pancakes

Sweet apple pieces are cooked right into these light and fluffy pancakes and get saved with the best homemade caramel sauce of your dreams. This is so indulgently delicious, I'd even suggest adding a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and serving it on occasion as an amazing dessert!
Course Breakfast/Brunch
Cuisine North American
Keyword apple, buttermilk pancakes, Caramel
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 12 large pancakes
Author Barry C. Parsons


For the pancake batter

  • cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • cups buttermilk
  • 4 tbsp melted butter

You will also need

  • 2 medium apples peeled and diced
  • a few pinches of ground cinnamon


  1. Sift together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda.
  2. Whisk together the egg, vanilla extract, buttermilk and melted butter.
  3. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and whisk together just until combined. Do not over mix. Don’t worry about small lumps. The batter will be thick.
  4. Using a ¼ cup measure, pour batter onto a lightly greased griddle on medium heat; it’s best to cook these slowly. You may need to spread the batter out a little with the back of a spoon but this is usually not necessary.
  5. Sprinkle on some diced apple pieces and sprinkle each pancake with ground cinnamon before flipping. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until the center is fully cooked.

Recipe Notes

A substitute for the buttermilk is soured milk. Just add a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to the measuring cup, then add milk up to 1/34 cups. Let stand a minute and stir before using.