Recipe By Chef John
Published Oct 18th
Apple Fritter Pancakes
Prep 10m Cook 6m Additional - Ready In 16m
Servings 2 Calories 314 kcal

Chef John's apple fritter pancakes taste wonderful for breakfast topped with some warmed maple syrup.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 0.125 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1 pinch ground ginger
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 0.25 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 0.125 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded apple
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 0.5 cup all-purpose flour, or as needed
  • 0.25 teaspoon baking powder
  • 0.125 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Combine egg, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, kosher salt, and vanilla extract in a bowl. Whisk until well combined and lightly foamy. Add shredded apple and lemon juice and fold in with a spatula until well combined. Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix until flour disappears and batter is thick yet spoonable.
  2. 2 Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add tablespoonfuls of apple batter to the hot butter and cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Turn and cook until apple pancakes spring back to the touch and are browned on the other side, an additional 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 314 kcal
  • Carbohydrate 40 g
  • Cholesterol 124 mg
  • Fiber 3 g
  • Protein 7 g
  • Saturated Fat 8 g
  • Sodium 498 mg
  • Fat 15 g


  1. Super easy and super tasty. Mine didn’t get as fluffy as it looked in the video, but we didn’t care, they were delicious. This one’s a keeper.
  2. Loved it!!! Followed to a T. Very easy. Will be my go too breakfast for company. Thanks again Chef John
  3. Very good! I made a mistake on the first pancake by patting it out to shape it too much since the batter is thick. It lost the air bubbles. Letting it cook in place with minimal shaping produces fluffy pancakes that taste so much better.
  4. OMG! So good and easy to make! Don't be tempted to turn up the heat, cooking on medium will allow the centers to cook without over browning the outside. These could be a regular Sunday brunch addition.
  5. You need to add milk as the batter is too dry. After doing that it is quite delicious.
  6. Super easy to put together and tasted delicious! I used a Fuji apple, but I might try a Granny Smith next time just to see how that turns out. Topped with a bit of maple syrup, what could be better?
  7. Easy, tasty and more nutritious than usual pancakes which are much heavier/denser. Used a red delicious apple but next time will try a more tart variety. Housemate loved it!
  8. I made these exactly as Chef John demonstrated, and they were absolutely delicious! (I love Chef John's recipes and videos.) 2 pancakes were just right as a serving, even for my husband who is a big breakfast eater. This will become a staple in our house!
  9. It was great! I followed the recipe exactly. Easy and delicious. One thing I did was after I flipped the pancakes, when they had one minute to go, I put some syrup on top of each one. It warmed up and carmelized a little bit and gave a bit of a sugary crunch 😉
  10. The pancakes are amazing! I made this for my sister for dinner and she insisted that I include her pull quote in my review. According to her, " 'the sister' thought it was delightful and the twinge of saltiness was the perfect balance." The husband was also delighted with the meal after being apprehensive about - Read more ...