Apple Cider Pancakes – Friday Night Bite

A few weeks ago, we had in informal family dinner with our cousins who had recently returned to the US from teaching in Latin America. Needless to say, we had lots to catch up on…comparing stories of life in a foreign country, discussing the different Spanish words, phrases and idioms for the different countries we’d lived in.

Anywho…my mom-in-law brought over some apple cider and we got so caught up in all the laughter and conversation that I forgot all about the cider that was in the fridge!

After all were gone, we were cleaning up and discovered the unopened cider…and I immediately started thinking…what else can I do with this, besides drink it?!Β  An experiment was in order…I wonder what would happen if I used a little cider in place of some milk in a batch of pancakes…and maybe toss in a chopped apples for kicks and giggles.

A wonder-fall brinner!

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Apple Cider Pancakes

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes


  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp homemade apple pie spice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup oil (you could use applesauce, but you’ll need to spray the griddle well)
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup cider
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, apple pie spice, and salt.
  • Stir in the egg, oil, milk and cider until smooth. Fold in the finely chopped apple.
  • Make pancakes on hot greased griddle.
  • Serve with maple syrup or Smucker’s Orchard’s Finest Cinnamon Apple jam.

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  1. Clara says

    Another good use of cider: Hubby and I really enjoy oatmeal this time of year. We use steel cut oats which takes time to cook. We use apple cider to cook the oatmeal in instead of plain water. Add dried fruit, chopped apple and nuts, cinnamon and brown sugar. We make enough for a week and heat each morning in the microwave for a quick and hardy breakfast.

  2. says

    I just gave these pancakes a shot today and I lvoed them! We used soy milk instead of regular milk, and pumpkin pie spice instead of apple pie spice, but other than that I stuck to the recipe. One small thing, though. The batter was very, very thick and required another cup or so of apple juice before reaching the right consistency. They were just wonderful, though, and everyone raved about them.

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