Buttermilk Pancakes with Apple Cinnamon Compote

  • Buttermilk Pancakes with Apple Cinnamon Compote

Rated 4.5 out of 5 based on 15 votes


  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tspn baking powder
  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 3 tspn sugar
  • 2 x eggs
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 4 x pink lady apples
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 x cinnamon stick


Serves 4
15 mins prep time, 20 mins cooking time – cook in one pan

Combine flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. Add eggs, buttermilk, and butter and whisk. My batter always has small lumps, don’t stress if this is the case.

Heat your non-stick pan, use a little extra butter to make sure the pancakes really don’t stick. Ladle about 1/3 cup of the batter into the pan and when you see the bubbles come through it is time to flip the pancake over. Repeat with remaining batter – I like smaller pancakes and you should have enough batter for 10-12 at 10cm diameter.

Put the pancakes to the side in a stack so they retain their heat, you can keep them warm in the oven or wrap in a teatowel.

Quick Apple Cinnamon Compote:
Core and cut apples into thin slices, I like to leave the skin on because it looks pretty! Grate your cinnamon stick on a fine grater or microplane. I know it is tempting to use ground cinnamon, but I promise you it is worth the effort and tastes a million times better if you grate it fresh. (Can you believe bark is that delicious?)

Using the same non-stick pan (did I mention I despise washing up?) add a little extra butter to the pan and fry the apples for a few minutes until they start to soften. Add roughly half of the sugar and all the cinnamon to the apples and stir. The apples will start to contribute their own sugary goodness and begin to caramelise, when this happens add the remaining sugar. After another few minutes (depending on how soft you like your apples) you will be ready to serve.

Serve on individual plates, placing 2 or 3 pancakes in the middle and then top with Apple Cinnamon Compote. Sprinkle some of the remaining cinnamon on top for show. Enjoy!

If I wasn’t reasonably lactose intolerant (read: lactose intolerant but in denial, after all I am eating buttermilk pancakes) I would serve these with natural yoghurt mixed with some extra cinnamon for that added kick! I’ve also made this dessert whilst camping on a flat electric stove and on a hot plate over a campfire, you really can’t go wrong.

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  • Wow I never knew you could grate cinnamon! Amazing. Also, buttermilk makes everything taste great, there’s just something about it!


    by Louise Carter on 13/08/2012, 00:54
    Louise Carter
  • These look amazing Amanda! You can also cook pancakes on a non stick sandwich press!


    by Cameron Bryant on 13/08/2012, 01:38
    Cameron Bryant
  • Delicious. I want. Now.


    by Sally Killoran on 14/08/2012, 01:34
    Sally Killoran
  • I’m going to serve the Apple Cinnamon Compote with everything! It’s delicious!


    by Elise Ferrari on 14/08/2012, 05:43
    Elise Ferrari
  • Fantastic – this looks delicious.


    by Richie Black on 14/08/2012, 07:03
    Richie Black
  • Breakfast of the champions!


    by Carla Horvath on 04/09/2012, 01:07
    Carla Horvath
  • Delicious – I want this every morning


    by Joshua Britt on 04/09/2012, 01:23
    Joshua Britt
  • Pietr cooked some yesterday… I can vouch for them being delicious.


    by Michael Langdon on 05/09/2012, 04:53
    Michael Langdon
  • Champion cook, Pieter, prepared this delightful recipe with enthusiasm and had the generosity to share it with me and others in a lengthy cook-a-thon. . A proper finish, perhaps, to my Slow Cooked Lamb Ragout……(shameless self promotion)


    by Robert Brindley on 05/09/2012, 08:48
    Robert Brindley
  • Yep, I did it and…all the willing Guinea Pig’s were chirping happily ;)


    by Pieter Verasdonck on 10/09/2012, 10:35
    Pieter Verasdonck
  • I will make it,looks very yummy.Thank you for recipe Amanda.I make the 5 minutes treat and it is really nice to.


    by ANNA LINHART on 31/10/2012, 15:52