Christmas Tree Pancakes with Caramelized Miso Apple
A festive Christmas tree cake with all the sweet trimmings! Layers of pancakes, whipped cream, and caramelized miso apple create a rich balance of sweet and salty. For this simple delight, the batter can be substituted with pancake mix and baked without an oven. Try the caramelized apple also on toast or sandwiches!
- 1 apple
- 3 tbsp. sugar
- 3 tsp butter
- ½ tbsp. miso
- 3.4 fl oz. (100ml) heavy cream
- 0.4 oz. (10g) sugar
- 2 eggs
- 5 fl oz. (150ml) milk
- 1.2 oz. (30g) sugar
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 5.6 oz. (160g) all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- mint leaves (optional)
- blueberries (optional)
Sift all-purpose flour and baking powder into a bowl.
Pour heavy cream and sugar into a bowl. Whip cream over a large bowl with iced water until cream stiffens into soft peaks.
Wash the apple well and quarter into four slices lengthwise. Remove core and slice into half-inch (1 cm) pieces.
Melt butter over medium heat in a pan. Add apples and sugar and heat slowly until caramelized. Transfer into bowl. Add miso and mix together.
Place eggs, milk, sugar and vegetable oil into another bowl and mix well. Carefully incorporate the flour mixture from step 1.
In another pan, pour pancake mixture until it reaches 6 inches in diameter. Cook over medium heat until bubbles start to appear on pancake surface, then flip and cook.
Transfer pancake to a plate and let cool. Repeat with each subsequent pancake decreasing in size.
Place largest pancake on a plate, then layer caramelized apples and whipped cream on top. Continue stacking alternating layers of gradually smaller pancakes with caramelized apples and whipped cream until a tree shape is formed. Top with mint and blueberries.