October 31, 2011

Halloween Traditions

Apple Oven Pancakes
We made these pancakes on Sunday.  They were so easy and quick to throw together.  Pop them into your oven and you have a yummy cinnamon spiced breakfast in about 30 minutes!

I love my apple peeler, corer, slicer!

A Dutch Baby Apple Pancake for the win!
Apple Oven Pancakes
Yield: 4 servings

  • 2 tart apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 t. cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole or 2% milk
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 3 T. butter, melted
  1. Heat oven to 425°. Put a cast iron or oven-proof 9- or 10-inch skillet in the oven.
  2. In a bowl, combine the apple slices with brown sugar and cinnamon; toss gently to coat well.
  3. In another bowl, mix flour with salt. In a large cup or small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of the melted butter.
  4. Take the pan from the oven and add remaining butter; swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Arrange apple slices over the bottom of the pan. Pour batter over apple slices. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until puffed and lightly browned.
  5. Serve with syrup or sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Adapted from About.com

Servings:  1
Calories:  324
Total Fat:  13.7 g
Cholesterol:  185 mg.
Sodium:  284 mg.
Protein:  9.0 g.

Told you my hubby was going as something sexy!
We made up a big 'ole pot of chili and brought it over to our friends house to share.  She made some yummy cornbread muffins to go along with my chili and we washed it down with good 'ole Sam Adams.
Luke the Three Faced Boy
The children got dressed up in their costumes and skipped off for a little trick or treating while we sat around the fire-pit along with good 'ole Sam Adams.

Natalie the Zombie
When the children pooped out we scooped them up and took them home where they sorted out their candy and we all watched A Nightmare Before Christmas.  It's our annual tradition.  It doesn't matter where we go trick or treating or who we go with.  All that matters is that when we come home and it's just the four of us we sort our their candy and watch A Nightmare Before Christmas.

Do you have a Halloween tradition?  Did your little ones bring home a ton of candy that will more than likely last them the entire year?  Mine did.  I plan on being the most popular yoga teacher with all of the candy that I bring in to the studio.

~ Enjoy!


  1. Thanks Joanne! The kids really get into the scary costumes for Halloween. Natalie especially. She has never wanted to be anything cutsey or pretty for Halloween.

  2. Thanks MJ! Isn't he a cutie ;)

    Happy Birthday to your dad. Hope he had a good day!

  3. Oh my goodness, those are some scary costumes (the kids, I mean LOL).   You and your husband look so cute together!

  4. Thanks! It's really handy for baking and the kids love their apples sliced really thin for snacking.

  5. Yes, these were very much like Dutch Babies.

    Why would anyone want to make anything apple without it?! It really is a time saver. Three is better than one if you have 2 helpers. Think of the apple pies you could whip up!

  6. We're not huge fans of Halloween around here, except for the candy.  We have mostly Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions.  But we do love The Nightmare Before Christmas!

  7. Too bad Halloween is not common in New Zealand so I dont have anything to share, I only see this on movies and TV shows anyways it is good that it is slowly becoming an event here, last two years I saw some kids doing their trick or treat.

  8. Love the photos. Pancakes look so good. Yum!

  9. Love the picture of you and your fighter pilot! In fact, I love all of the pictures! :) We celebrated Halloween with the in-laws this year.  It's dad's Bday, so we try to be here for that .  Should have made him these pancakes, but I slept in and by the time I got up, everyone had already eaten. :) They look delicious so I'll make them when we get home.

  10. Tina@flourtrader10.2.12

    Fun in the kitchen with apples-love the picture!  The idea of apple pancakes does make my mouth water.  Perfect for the fall.  Looks like the whole family really got into the spirit of halloween and that all had a great time.  Enjoyed this post!

  11. Sounds like a variation on Dutch Babies for the pancake? 

    And, no idea how anyone makes apple goods, be it sauce, butter, cake, pancakes, or anything else, without a corer-slicer-peeler gadget. I certainly wouldn't have the patience without mine, and my mom must agree, because last time I looked, she had three in her cupboard!

  12. These pancakes sound great, simple and delicious.What a cool kitchen gadget you have there :)


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