I believe that one good recipe leads to another and that’s certainly the case with this gluten-free Apple Cinnamon Volcano Pancake. I made this pancake for our Sunday brunch. Son deemed it “delightful”! His girlfriend said it was “so delicious.” And they’re not wrong!
It’s a simple but totally wonderful variation on my original Volcano Pancake. If you’re new to Volcano Pancakes—which others may call Dutch babies, German pancakes, puff pancakes, or even Yorkshire pudding—you’re in for a real treat!
A volcano pancake is a “single,” oven pancake that is baked in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish and then cut into individual portions for serving. So easy and such a smart way to serve pancakes! No standing at the stove flipping pancakes and futilely trying to serve everyone hot pancakes at the same time. Everyone gets their serving of a hot and delicious pancake at the same time with a Volcano Pancake.
The volcano part of the name comes from the fact that the resulting pancake has peaks and craters like a volcano. Admittedly, this apple cinnamon version has less of a volcanic look because of the weight of the apples in regard to the batter when it rises. Still, it has the traditional curled edges and even some peaks. Especially when first pulled out of the oven.
Incidentally, one of my loyal and favorite gfe readers has even made a “3/4 version” of volcano pancake using three-fourths of the ingredients and baking her volcano pancake in a 9 x 9 square pan. That concept is a great solution for anyone who has fewer mouths to feed and/or has or wants to use fewer eggs. It’s also a great solution for today’s recipe if you only have a couple of apples on hand.
The really fantastic thing about the Volcano Pancake recipe—either the original recipe or the apple cinnamon variation—is that it tastes very much like French toast! But you do not have to deal with dipping bread into an egg mixture, which also means you don’t have to have bread on hand to enjoy that French toast flavor. And perhaps most importantly during our current times, it also means that you don’t have to use a whole loaf of bread in a single recipe. So that’s a win-win-win in my book.
Readers have been asking for an apple cinnamon version of this recipe for a while. As I had an abundance of apples from the produce boxes we’ve been receiving, I figured it was time. Now you can not only enjoy your pancake for breakfast but you can also get in one of your daily fruit servings while you’re at it!
A quick word about the produce boxes before we go on. While we’ve stuck at home, we’ve been getting produce boxes delivered from two sources, Farmbox Direct and Misfits Market. Thus far, we’ve been very pleased with both companies and it’s truly been a relief to not have to go to the grocery store to shop for produce.
Both companies offer different sized boxes; you can get boxes of fruit, boxes of vegetables, or boxes that include both; and you can tailor the delivery schedule to your and your family’s needs.
Despite the name of the latter produce company, we’ve found no actual “misfits”—aka ugly produce—among our produce. All the items have been great!
Back to this delicious gluten-free Apple Cinnamon Volcano Pancake. A good while ago, a gfe reader actually told me she that she had created an apple cinnamon version but I couldn’t find the info that she had shared.
So, yesterday, in true gfe fashion, I winged it, simply modifying the original recipes by adding apple slices to the bottom of the baking dish and sprinkling small amounts of cinnamon and brown sugar over them before adding the batter. I also increased the baking temperature to ensure that the apple slices would be cooked sufficiently at the end of the baking time.
Nothing complicated at all but outstanding results, folks. I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe and express as much enthusiasm after trying it as you did on Facebook when I posted the photo and asked if you wanted the recipe!
Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Volcano Pancake Recipe