Jake and I are strange in our own ways. 

Sometimes we use food as bargaining chips. For example, on Sunday morning Jake said he’d take me out for a fantastic, mid-week dinner date of my choice if I made pancakes. We struck a deal.

Of course I chose the easiest pancake recipe I could find. Fortunately, it was also good. Jamie Oliver’s pancake recipe is so simple. You don’t have to sift the ingredients or separate them into wet and dry. You just dump them all into the same bowl and mix away. While Mr. Oliver prefers grated pear, he adds that one could substitute most any fruit. I made good use of the lone apple sitting in the bottom of my produce drawer.

Simple Sunday Morning Apple Pancakes

A Cook’s Note: Keep in mind that self rising flour is already salty.

1 cup self-rising flour
1 large egg
1 cup of milk
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 Tablespoon melted butter
1 grated apple, skin removed

Preheat a pan or griddle to medium heat.

Measure all of the ingredients into a large bowl and whisk until just combined. Seriously, it’s that easy!

Ladle onto an oiled griddle. Flip pancakes when bubbles form and the bottoms are browned. Cook until they pancakes are no longer raw in the middle, turning the heat down if necessary. The grated apple will make the inside of the pancakes moister than usual, so give them some extra time to cook.