Can you taste that? That, my friends, is the taste of solitude. And it is not bitter.
Please meet, the Single Lady Apple Pancake! And please note that you do not need need to be single or a lady to enjoy one.
Miss Joy the Baker unleashed her original Single Lady Pancake recipe onto the world in 2010, and up until now I have only sat back and marveled at her genius.
That was until a few days ago when I was looking into a depressingly bare fridge, trying to find a reasonably nutritious way to feed my single self, while my other half was away doing what I’m sure are very important, manly things.
Hmmm, what did I have? A few apples, probably past their best, some eggs…butter…milk. And you know I’ve always got a giant sack of flour in the house.
I think you see where I’m going with this. Apple pancakes were a no brainer! Not exactly SUPER nutritious, but eggs are protein and apples are good for you, so shhhhhhh!
There is something so curiously satisfying about this recipe. You make it, you eat it, and then it’s gone. It uses one whole egg, one whole apple, and comes together in one bowl. You cook it in one pan, it makes one pancake, and it serves one.
See what I mean? So neat, so satisfying, and such a delightful solitary indulgence. Loneliness never tasted so good. So tell me – what do you eat when you have the house to yourself?
- 1 small green apple
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup flour
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ¼ cup milk
- pinch of salt
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of butter
- ice cream, butter, maple syrup, caramel sauce or whatever you like to serve!
- Grate the apple on the wide holes of a grater, and place into a small mixing bowl. You can peel it if you want, but I don't bother - so much of the goodness is in the skin!
- Add the egg to the bowl and mix with a fork until the egg is well beaten.
- Add all the remaining ingredients, except the butter, and stir well with your fork, until everything is pretty much combined. Don't worry about a few lumps.
- Heat the butter in a small non-stick skillet. Once the butter foams, you're ready to start cooking your pancake. You can either do as I did and make one big one, or make two or three smallish pancakes - it's up to you.
- Either way, dollop in the pancake batter and cook over a medium-low heat until the batter looks set around the edges and the bottom is nice and brown. You may not see bubbles appearing on the surface, because of the apples in the batter.
- Flip the pancakes over, and give them another minute until nicely browned on the bottom, and serve with whatever you want! I went with a drizzle of caramel sauce, a few slices of fresh apple and big ol' scoop of vanilla ice cream. YUM.