Walnut Pancakes With Maple Syrup Apples

Apples have so many complements, and this is a way to combine several of them, most notably, maple syrup and walnuts which are strong affinities.

• 1 cup all purpose flour
• 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
• 2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup buttermilk
• 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
• 1 large egg
• 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Maple Syrup Apples
• 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
• 3 large Golden Delicious apples (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
• 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

The maple syrup apples
Melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and saute the apples until they are tender, aroubd 4-6 minutes. Mix in the remaining syrup and cinnamon

The pancakes
Combine the dry ingredients: flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl.

Whisk the wet ingredients: buttermilk, yogurt and egg in another medium bowl, and then add to the dry ingredients until just blended ( you want lumps ). Mix in 2 tablespoons of melted butter.

Drop some butter onto your griddle or skillet.

The size of the pancakes is largely a personal issue but cooking them 1/3 cup at a time works well ( we also have been known to just use a small ladel ). Just remember to replenish the butter before cooking each round.

Spoon the apples over the pancakes. Enjoy!