Easy Fluffy Apple Pancakes

This Easy Apple Pancake recipe is perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast. They make lovely little light and fluffy pancakes. It's a great way to use up apples which have gone a bit soft. Add cinnamon or mixed spice if you like as well. Lemon zest or vanilla essence gives a nice flavour too.

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I like to serve these pancakes with apple wedges sautéed in a little honey which is very easy to do. Cut another apple up into little wedges and sauté in a frying pan in a little honey and a splash of water. Cook the apple wedges on each side for a minute or so until golden brown and soft but still have a bit of bite. You could sprinkle over some chopped walnuts as well if you like some crunch.

Easy Fluffy Apple Pancakes

  • Time:  10 mins prep + 15 mins cooking (roughly)
  • Cost:  4p per pancake
  • Calories:  81 per pancake
  • Makes: 14-16 pancakes


  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp / 45g soft light brown sugar
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 175ml milk
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • 1 large red apple, coarsely grated
  • Sunflower oil for frying
  • To serve: sautéed apple wedges (see notes) maple syrup or honey (optional)


  1. Sift the flour and baking powder together into a bowl. 
  2. In a jug, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, milk, egg and grated apple.
  3. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Using a fork, carefully mix the liquid ingredients in the centre of the bowl incorporating a little of the flour as you go. Do not over-mix or your pancakes will be very tough.
  4. When the batter is just 'mixed' carefully stir in the grated apple.
  5. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan over a medium-low heat. Spoon a good tablespoon of the pancake batter into the pan. (Depending on the size of your pan you can make more than one pancake at a time). Cook for around 2-3 minutes or until the top of the pancake has bubbled and become 'set' rather than raw and runny. When a spatula slides easily underneath it it's ready to flip. Don't be tempted to turn up the heat or the pancakes will burn and not cook right through.
  6. Flip the pancake and cook for roughly a minute on the other side until golden.
  7. Keep the pancakes warm until ready to serve. Serve them warm topped with apple wedges sautéed in a little honey (see notes) and maple syrup or honey if you like. They are also lovely with Greek yoghurt or ice-cream.