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Buttermilk apple pancakes (semi home-made)

Ask me if I'm a fan of the Semi-Home-Made show on Food TV, and I'll adamantly say NO. However, in my own kitchen I often use shortcuts. For example, I use canned beans instead of cooking my own. I also use canned tomato sauce, which I then jazz up with herbs and garlic, instead of starting one from scratch.

One of my favorite things in my pantry is a pancake mix that only requires you to add water. This time around, I decided to jazz up this mix with 3 ingredients: an apple, buttermilk and home-made vanilla extract.

1 apple, peeled, grated
1 cup pancake mix
3/4 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
apricot jam

1. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Do not over-mix.
2. Heat butter in an iron skillet. Spoon the mixture into the hot butter (this should make about 6 pancakes) and cook about 3-4 minutes on each side.
3. Serve with heated apricot jam.

These came out really well! For those of you who like things on a sweeter side, I'd recommend you add a bit of sugar into the mix.

What are your favorite ways to doctor up a boxed pancake mix?


lisaiscooking said...

I want this for breakfast tomorrow morning! Sounds so great with the apples.

Anonymous said...

Vanilla and apples are a great addition!

Unknown said...

These look nice and fluffy.
Hope you have a great Valentine's day.
*kisses* HH

Unknown said...

Yea for short cuts!!

Lele said...

You are SO beyond semi-homemade! You make REAL FOOD. She makes COOL WHIP!
And your pancakes look awesome. I have carrot cake pancakes planned for breakfast tomorrow (in the January Cooking Light, and ridiculously amazing! I highly recommend!), but I'm going to have to try these next.

BlueToYou said...

apricot jam sounds fabulous!!! :)