I caught an episode on Food Network’s show Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives recently that featured the Magnolia Pancake Haus in San Antonio, Texas, among other eateries. Show host Guy Fieri watched as Magnolia Pancake Haus owner Robert Fleming whipped up their famous Munchener Apfel Pfannekuchen, or Munich Apple Pancake. It’s an apple cinnamon pancake that starts with apples being sautéed with cinnamon and nutmeg, then brown sugar and butter being added to caramelize into a thick syrup, and then finally the pancake batter being swirled in and cooked for a bit, before the whole pan is transferred to the oven for the big finish. Then it’s inverted onto a plate and topped with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped cream.
It looked pretty dang heavenly on the show, and I could practically smell the apples and cinnamon when Guy Fieri cut into it for a taste, so I looked online to find a comparable recipe to try out myself. It turns out that Magnolia Pancake Haus is so nice and generous, they let Food Network post the recipe on their site, so I could try out the real deal instead of a copycat. I didn’t end up putting the whipped cream on it, though, because it seemed like it would be plenty sweet and rich without it, and boy, was I right about that. Also it’s more desserty than breakfasty, so keep that in mind if you’re planning to serve it in the morning.
It turns out to be pretty easy to make, and the recipe gives fool-proof instructions. Also, while the apples and spices are sautéing, you can expect your house to be filled with joyous aroma of apple pie.
It’s a little too eggy for my taste, and the pancake-to-caramelized-apple-mixture ratio seems too even, so it’s super sweet and pretty sickening—you probably won’t want more than one quarter of it. Plus, I couldn’t taste a whole lot of cinnamon—I’d add more next time.
Based on the way the patrons of the Magnolia Pancake Haus raved about this pancake on the show, I’m a little let down. I expected more of a pancake, I think, which I should have realized wasn’t in the cards for me based on the ingredient measurements—there was just SO much sugar and butter, and so little pancake batter. I think I’m just going to need to try the one at the Magnolia Pancake Haus one day to see how it differs. But, try the recipe for yourself: maybe your pfannekuchen will turn out as “killer” as the one Guy Fieri tried in the show.
Magnolia Pancake Haus’ Munchener Apfel Pfannekuchen (Apple Pancake) Recipe