Grandma Hinz’s Apple Pancakes

This recipe is a family favorite- my Great Grandma’s Apple Pancakes are such an amazing, subtly-sweet breakfast option. You cannot eat just one!

Sometimes a delicious breakfast is worth a bit of extra work. My Great Grandma Hinz’s Apple Pancakes aren’t the most simple breakfast, but they’re aren’t insanely hard either, there are just a few extra steps. Turning them is a skill that you develop as you go along (be warned, the first one never comes out very good).This recipe is a family favorite- my Great Grandma's Apple Pancakes are such an amazing, subtly-sweet breakfast option. You cannot eat just one!But there is something about the sweet/tart peeled and thinly sliced apples mixed right into the not-overly-sweet batter that gets me every time. The Apple Pancakes aren’t particularly thick. In fact, if it weren’t for the apples, I’d say these would be more similar to crepes. I like to keep it simple topping them with a bit of cinnamon and sugar. I’d imagine powdered sugar might be nice on them. Or, if you’re like my Grandma Eve, you could put maple syrup. But I love how the cinnamon and sugar add a tiny bit of sweetness without destroying the subtle flavors of the apples mixed with the that light batter. Add some bacon for a nice savory note and some fresh coffee and you’ve got yourself a beautiful breakfast.

Which is exactly what Alice, my Mom, my Grandma and my Aunt did this weekend (and later my uncle and Dad enjoyed some as well). It was a nice way to spend a morning with some of the special ladies in our family. We were missing a few key ladies, but it was still a great time and A is now an Apple Pancake enthusiast.

Grandma Hinz's Apple Pancakes | The Life Jolie

Grandma Hinz's Apple Pancakes | The Life Jolie

Grandma Hinz's Apple Pancakes | The Life Jolie

Grandma Hinz's Apple Pancakes | The Life Jolie  Grandma Hinz's Apple Pancakes | The Life Jolie

Grandma Hinz's Apple Pancakes | The Life Jolie

Grandma Hinz’s Apple Pancakes

Source: Eve Repp


  • 2/3 of a cup of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk (2%)
  • 2 Tbsp. of oil
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 2 or more apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Cooking spray for your pan

Mix the first five ingredients to make your batter.

Stir in your apples.

Spray your frying pan with cooking spray (nonstick if you have it) and heat just below medium heat.

Put a thin layer of your batter and apple mixture, making sure to spread your apples out evenly before it solidifies and rotating the pan to evenly distribute the batter.

Once the down side of the pancake is golden brown, carefully turn it. This is not easy, because it takes up the majority of the pan. I found that using a larger spatula along with a smaller one worked best.

Once the other side is golden, keep on a plate in a warm oven until you’re done cooking them.

Serve immediately with the toppings of your choice

Serves 2 people.


  • This recipe calls for an 8 inch pan, but my mom was saying she’d prefer to try a smaller pan next time as turning them was difficult.
  • the big thing is to keep these thin.
  • We actually tripled this recipe and there was plenty of food for about 6 people and a very hungry baby.
  • We found that cooking spray worked much better than oil in the pan.

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  • Reply
    Gentle Joy
    February 12, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    These look really wonderful. They would be great for a meal… or a snack, which sounds really good right now. 🙂

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      February 12, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you! I like that they’re not overly sweet. Enjoy!

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    February 13, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Those look so good! I’m definitely going to make them soon 🙂
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      February 13, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Thank you- I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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    February 13, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I love pancakes and this apple recipe is my next to try for sure! Stopping by from Let’s Get Real Link Party!

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      February 13, 2015 at 11:28 am

      Me too- apples make everything better- thanks for stopping by!

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    Christina @ Juggling Real Food and Real Life
    February 13, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe and your wonderful story with all of our Let’s Get Real readers. The apple pancakes looks so good. It is so nice to see the ladies of your family cooking together. What a joy that must have been.
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      February 13, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you! It’s a always wonderful to enjoy family time 🙂 thanks for stopping by and thank you for hosting!

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    Heather May
    February 17, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Seriously the cutest post I have seen in a long time! What a great way to tell a story – I know it’s a recipe but it is more than that! I love getting Apple Pancakes in restaurants…I may try making them at home now. Thanks for sharing at the Lets Get Real BlogHop!
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      February 17, 2015 at 8:40 am

      Thank you- it was super fun- we were missing a few key ladies but it was still special with the ladies that were there. I hope you enjoy- thanks for stopping by!

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    Jann Olson
    February 17, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Oh yum! Can’t wait to try these. Grandma’s smile is priceless. Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.

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      February 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you- I hope you enjoy 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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    February 19, 2015 at 12:22 am

    I love older family recipes. I have wonderful memories of cooking with my grandmother. This is a fantastic recipe. I like sauteed apples over crepes, but this combines them into something delicious. Thank you for linking up to the Let’s Get Real Link Party! I’m pinned this to our party board and have chosing you as one of my featured bloggers this week. Stop by my site Thursday after 5pm EST to grab a blog button and share with us again.

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      February 19, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you for the kind words- they are pretty delicious! Thank you also for the feature and for hosting- it’s one of my favorite link ups. Have a great week 🙂

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    Gaye @CalmHealthySexy
    February 19, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Jessy – Thanks for sharing this with the Let’s Get Real party. I am pinning it to our group board on Pinterest.
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      February 20, 2015 at 9:48 am

      Thank you for stopping by and for pinning 🙂 Happy weekend!

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    Jenny @ Women With Intention
    February 24, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Can’t wait to try these out! 🙂
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      February 24, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Thank you- I hope you enjoy!

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