Sometimes you need to treat yourself. My favorite ways to treat myself are a trip somewhere (even if just outside the city), a new shirt, a unique cocktail, a delicious meal, and sleeping in (this last one probably happens too often lately to count anymore though. Yesterday, I craved something sweet, but with the grocery stores closed in Germany, I had to scrounge around the kitchen and the large bag of apples became my inspiration.

Before moving to Germany, I had an aversion to cooked apples and all cooked fruit for that matter. At camp each summer, when people were going crazy over the apple cobbler, I could not fathom why. The thing is, I LOVE cinnamon and this dish was smothered in it. However, there was something about the mushy apples I could not move past. Then I moved to Germany, and the Germans’ love for apples quickly changed me through my first bite of Apfelkuchen, and then several other dishes incorporating apples, apple sauce, and/or apple juice.

So yesterday, I decided cooked apples atop some good ole fashioned American pancakes would perfectly alleviate my sweet tooth. There are several ways to cook apples: boiling, baking, grilling… but I went with the lazy man’s method: sautéing (I could have gone even lazier if we had a microwave). Sautéing apples is super easy and makes for a delicious sweet topping for all sorts of dishes: pancakes, ice cream, cakes, you name it!

Pancakes & Warm Apple Brown Sugar Topping
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Author | Autorin:
Ingredients | Zutaten
  • 4 apples, peeled
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup water
Preparation | Zubereitung
  1. Peel, core, and slice apples into cubes.
  2. Melt butter over medium heat in sauce pan.
  3. Add apples. Cook for ~8 minutes.
  4. Add in water, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  5. Let boil until desired apple softness.
  6. Serve warm.
  7. Variations
  8. Use whatever apples, and add to whatever dessert, you like.
  9. Preparation time:
  10. minute(s)

What’s your favorite way to eat pancakes?

  • Janna

    This is the only way that my husband will eat pancakes! He doesn’t really do sweets, but he loves fruit. YUM!

  • Lyndsy

    Ooh yum, girl! Those look good. I also love treating myself to a good meal. Yesterday it just so happened to be Tecas Roadhouse! :)

  • Helene

    this looks delicious and a great way to treat yourself. I love figuring out new things to make with just the ingredients I have on hand

  • eeny

    i love my pancakes drowned in maple sirup.
    a dollop of whipped cream and fresh strawberries aren’t bad either. ha ha.

  • Daddio

    Good to see you haven’t lost your love for pancakes. That was always a go-to breakfast solution during your youth; that or french toast, but always with ‘maple'(really maple flavored corn syrup). Apples seem a nice way to add some variety to your diet.

    I’ve always preferred a waffle, especially if crunchy. The indentations hold the butter & syrup and you don’t have to chase it around the plate.

    Do you remember going to the diner that had the ‘Grand Slam’ breakfast? What was the name of that place, Denny’s? Eggs, sausage, pancakes and coffee for $3.99 or something? You would get fired up for one of those outings.

    Love you, proud of, and for, you.



    • ifs ands & butts

      Of course I remember – tried to find the price of one today though and couldn’t seem to on the site – although you can get a free Grand Slam on your birthday. I would prob still enjoy it just as much

  • Rosie

    Triple yum with apples on top!!!!!

  • Svenja Schoening

    WOW!!! Just a bit afraid of this huge piece of butter.. but I guess that is its secret 😉 Looks lovely and makes me crave pancakes. now.

    • ifs ands & butts

      Oh yeah, nothing healthy about this meal :) but oh so yummy!

  • Katrin

    That looks delicious! I have to give it a try. Apples are awesome. Even more combined with cinnamon. The weird thing is that I really hated cinnamon a couple of years ago and now I love it so much.!

  • Anja

    American pancakes are abdolutely great – you’re going to have to share your recipe with all of us Germans who’ve got everything covered on the apple front, but need some pancake support! Looks delish!

  • Sophia


    Definitely going to make this one day. It looks so good!

  • Beate

    This looks delicioius! I love apples…and pancakes…and cinnamon :) Can I come over for this yummy treat? 😉