Salted Caramel Apple Pancakes w/ Perfect Scrambled Eggs and Vegan Sausage Patties + Pioneer Woman History

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This pancake recipe is a healthy makeover of my mom’s favorite pancake recipe. The original is from Pioneer Woman, the famous Edna Mae’s Sour Cream Pancakes. At least, I think they’re famous. I cut back on the sour cream and use whole wheat, egg whites and apple bits. Top with a decadent caramel apple compote and a pinch of flaked salt and this breakfast will taste just as calorie-laden as the original.

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Pioneer Woman, or Ree Drummond as she is known in some circles, is perhaps one of the biggest food blogger success stories of all time. She began blogging in 2006 and, initially it was not a recipe blog. She would not post her first recipe until about a year later when she taught her followers how to cook a steak. These days she keeps busy with a show on the Food Network and her own online recipe share community, Tasty Kitchen. She has written several books, some cookbooks, some for children and one detailing her personal love story. The film rights for this book, From Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, were bought by Columbia Pictures. Recent reports claim Columbia is hoping to cast Reese Witherspoon as Ree in the motion picture version of the book. Just this part of the story is crazy enough but let’s go back a little further… flashback music…

Ann Marie Smith, nicknamed Ree, was born January 6th, 1969 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She lived with her parents, two brothers and a sister on the grounds of a country club. Eventually her parents divorced and her father remarried. She left home to attend college in L.A. to first study journalism and eventually earn a degree in gerontology. What the heck is that? I Googled it and I still don’t know. It involves old people. She planned to relocate and attend law school in Chicago when she unexpectedly met a super hot guy with a great butt (it happens to the best of us).

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So instead of becoming a big city lawyer she became Pioneer Woman. She married on September 21st, 1996 to Ladd Drummond (the Marlboro Man), a member of a prominent cattle ranching family. They honeymooned in Australia because they’re awesome. They currently live on a working cattle ranch in Oklahoma with their four children, Alex, Paige, Bryce and Todd. Thank you for giving your children normal names. The oldest, Alex, is studying at Texas A&M while the other children are home schooled.

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Round out your breakfast with the following recipes:

Superfoods-Apple-Cider-12  Sugar-Free Hot Apple Cider from Healthful Pursuit

vegan sausage5209  Vegan Breakfast Sausage from the Chubby Vegetarian

8404771678_a17c431be7_z  Gordon Ram  say’s Perfect Scrambled Eggs

My sister turned me on to Ramsay’s method and it is definitely worth the extra fuss. Say what you want about this explosion-prone chef, he knows his shit and he’s nice to kids. What more do you want?

Salted Caramel Apple Pancakes

  • Servings: 5-6 pancakes, 1 1/2 cups compote
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Apple Sour Cream Pancakes (adapted from Pioneer Woman):

¼ cup whole wheat flour

3 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ cup sour cream

½ medium apple, peeled, cored and minced or grated

1 egg white, beaten

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Caramel Apple Compote:

2 ½ medium apples, peeled, cored and diced

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons water

¼ teaspoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon salted butter

1 tablespoon soy (or other) milk

Flake salt (such as margarita salt)


Apple Sour Cream Pancakes:

Mix flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.

Gently mix in sour cream just until coarse crumbs are formed. (It will be lumpy.)

Gently mix in apple, egg whites and vanilla.

Heat skillet or griddle over medium low heat.

Pour batter into skillet ¼ cup at a time.

Cook for 1 ½ to 2 minutes and then carefully flip. (They are very delicate at this stage. You will curse at them.)

Cook for another minute and remove to plate.

Repeat with remaining batter.

Caramel Apple Compote:

Toss apples, sugar, water and lemon juice in saucepan.

Simmer over medium low heat for about 15 minutes or until apples are soft and liquid is mostly reduced, stirring often.

Remove from heat and add butter and milk.

Spoon over pancake stacks.

Sprinkle with salt.


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