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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Upside Down Apple Bacon Pancake

One giant pancake for the family to share loaded with bacon and apples!
Nothing beats this breakfast.

upside down apple bacon pancake (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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We are headed up north this weekend to Gopher country {ahem...Minnesota} to spend time with my family {kid free!} and to attend the Iowa vs. Minnesota football game on Saturday.

I'm stoked.  No kids.  Just the husband.  Plus my brother and sister and my parents.  No kids.  No distractions running under my feet.  Football.  Great food.  Tailgating.  Drinks.  No kids.  A quiet car ride.  Meaningful conversations that won't get interrupted.  A good night's sleep.  My Hawkeye friends and family.  No kids.

I'm excited.

It's not often we get away so I'm taking full advantage of a weekend to ourselves with family. I may be freezing my tail feather off at the game but it will be worth it!  Especially if the Hawks can pull it together on Saturday and show us what they are made of.....we hope.

upside down apple bacon pancake (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

My excitement for this weekend just about equals my excitement for this GIANT pancake. I've heard of big skillet pancakes being made in the oven, but I never attempted them as I didn't have oven safe skillets.

Earlier this summer, or late spring, I can't remember, a good friend suggested a set of new pans for me and after saving up my Amazon gift cards and all the rest of my pennies I finally bought the set.  Our old set had seen better days and it was TIME.  I purchased this Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-piece Set.  And hint, hint, it's about $30 cheaper now then when I purchased earlier this year!

You have to have an oven safe skillet for this recipe.  Sorry, you just have too.  Do not put a teflon coated plastic skillet in the oven.  Don't, okay?  If you are not up for purchasing a full set, you can always just buy the one piece, you can find it HERE.  

upside down apple bacon pancake (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

So, finally here we go....this pancake.

It is full of diced, salty, brown sugar coated bacon and a juicy shredded apple and a delicious pancake batter.

As this skillet pancake bakes, it gets puffy and fluffy.  Seriously, it's almost like eating cake for breakfast.  Which is just about as good as eating ice cream for dinner.  And then guess what?  You let it cool a bit, flip the darn thing and drizzle it with maple syrup.

It's like heaven on a plate.

And in case you want to make it just for yourself that is fine.  Don't stuff yourself, slice that baby up and freeze the slices individually and enjoy for breakfast all week long.

Enjoy life people.

Upside Down Apple Bacon Pancake

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4 slices of bacon, diced
1/8 c. brown sugar
1 apple, grated
1 1/2 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
maple syrup, for topping

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2.  In your stainless steel skillet brown and crisp up the diced bacon.  Remove the bacon from the pan and let drain on a paper towel lined plate.  Remove grease from the pan.
3.  In a bowl combine the pancake mix, milk and vanilla and stir until just combined.  Fold in the shredded/grated apple.  {Don't bother peeling the apple, the skin is good for you!}.
4.  Spray the skillet generously with cooking spray, including up the sides.  Place the bacon back in the pan, sprinkle with the brown sugar and pour the pancake batter on top.  Spread the batter evenly with a spatula.
5.  Place the skillet in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until puffy and firm to the touch with the top golden brown.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
6.  Taking a spatula loosing the sides of the pancake and quickly flip the skillet onto a large plate.
7.  Cut into slices and serve warm with maple syrup.

updside down apple bacon pancake (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

If you are a long time follower you know I'm a bit of a pancake maniac.  I've made a million variations and I love them all.  Here are a few of my favorites!

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