Our pastor shared that her husband, our other pastor, made an apple pancake to bless her, when he returned home from the men’s advance this year. (Note: my church goes on advances, not retreats!) Her email said that she had really missed him during his absence. His offering of this pancake was a sacrificial act to demonstrate his love, serving her promptly upon his return.
I have witnessed what holy matrimony is by watching the relationship between these two. Here there is honor, respect, and mutual edification at all times. They esteem one another, by submitting first to God and then to each other; in this way their individual needs are met so they can live fully in perfect peace. Through watching them closely, I learn to joyously submit in my marriage to Jesus. My gratitude to them is great.
This exceptional souffle is a great entrée or breakfast meal for special occasions; it pleases beyond words the sweet tooth of the child in each of us. May we follow the example of my pastor and use this recipe as a tool to honor those special to us. These directions are easy to follow; yet, the outcome is a work of art, a display of love.
Our prized pancake weds together flavors, that strengthen and embellish each other. Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page inspired me with their helpful contribution concerning the enhancement of foods, one with another. For instance, they list “food matches made in heaven” in Culinary Artistry. This comprehensive list, with its apt name, includes superb parings for apples. My favorite are: bacon, cheese, currants, maple syrup, oatmeal, nuts, raisins, rosemary, sausages, sour cream, and yogurt.1
Among Dornenburg and Page’s classic poetic unions for apples are: brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, cream, custard, and vanilla. Indeed, this dish is a testimony of the symphonic joining of these outstanding ingredients, for here they are baked together as one glorious whole.2
This book teaches beautiful truths about how foods work in harmony, by employing either specific techniques or adding various ingredients. Our authors write: “One flavor can overwhelm another, while in smaller quantity, as an accent, the same flavor has the power to bring out the other.” We supplement sweetness with a pinch of salt when making fudge, while a touch of sugar is required to complete tart balsamic vinaigrette (see balsamic vinaigrette, 2016/08/22). Such small additions intensify the main ingredient, giving relative prominence to it. However, too much of them will destroy the finished food.3
The above made me think of my acting days in community theatre: there I learned not to upstage my fellow actor, or steal away from his critical moment. However this truth transcends acting: we all need to uphold our partner’s performance by downplaying our own.
Much like salt used in cooking, we can augment each other tastefully in our relationships-whether this be in holy matrimony or God-given friendships; thus, we grow together. Let us regard our loved ones carefully by being salt and light to them. Begin practicing this principle, by entertaining someone sumptuously this Valentine’s Day, with this triumphant apple pancake.
- Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page, Culinary Artistry (Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1996), p. 88.
- Ibid., p. 47.
Apple Pancake Yields: 2-3 servings. Total prep time: 1 hr & 10 min/ active prep time: 20 min/ baking time: 50 min.
Note: this is especially good served with Aidell’s natural sausage-their spicy mango with jalapeno gives a beautiful hot, spicy contrast; you may choose to double the recipe, providing you have 2 10-inch Pyrex pie plates, as cold left-overs are great with vanilla ice cream!)
10 inch Pyrex pie plate
5 tbsp of butter
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (If desired, grind 1/3 cup organic,
soft winter white wheat berries to make 1/2 cup flour.)
1/2 cup unbleached white flour (Bob’s Red Mill organic is my favorite; note you may choose to omit the whole wheat flour and use all unbleached white.)
1/2 tsp salt
5 large eggs, beaten
1 cup milk (May use alternative milks, such as almond or soy; soy has estrogen-like qualities, important for women in menopause.)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (I use a high quality and terribly inexpensive Mexican vanilla, which I get through friends traveling there.)
1/2 cup brown sugar (Organic is best; may be found at Trader Joe’s and at times Costco.)
1/2 cup granulated sugar (Organic is available in a 2 lb package at Trader’s, or in a more economical 10 lb bag at Costco.)
2 tbsp cinnamon (A superb, organic Korintje cinnamon is available in bulk, at Portland’s local Fred Meyer’s.)
2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced very thin
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Grind flour, if you are using fresh-ground.
- Place butter in a 10-inch Pyrex pie plate. Melt butter in oven.
- In a medium/large bowl, mix together flour and salt; blend in eggs and milk; stir in vanilla. Set aside.
- When butter is melted, pour batter in pie plate. Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until edges are puffed up and golden brown.
- Immediately prepare apples: first blend sugars and cinnamon in a medium/large bowl, then cut and add apple slices; mix well. Sugars will get wet (see photo). Set aside.
- When pancake is puffed up after 20-25 minutes, quickly remove from oven and distribute apple mixture evenly in the hollow made by the edges.
- Return to oven as fast as possible and bake another 20-25 minutes, or until pancake is deep brown (see top photo).
- Serve immediately. This is a heaven-sent treat!