back in the 80's when i lived in Connecticut, i worked
for a breakfast chain called Bickford's for a while.
they were about average for their standard corporate diner fare, but they excelled at breakfast, which was what they were noted for.
we had something GREAT that gave this place it's foodie ranking and that was the German Apple pancake. they were absolutely delicious.
it was made unlike any normal pancake in that it was BAKED in a steel frying pan at about 400 degrees. we had a set of 9 inch steel pans that were used just for the German apples. the eggs at Bickfords were all pan cooked, another distinction, but we used aluminum pans for those. we had to re-season the apple pans frequently.
we used a liberal amount of oil, and a special batter
that i can no longer recall the preparation for, was
poured in after the pan was preheated. a good quality canned apple mixture was scooped on top of the mix as
well as some sugar and cinnamon. i do recall they were somewhat heavier than a regular pancake batter.
Bickford's was one of only a few places i knew who made
crepes and it's where i developed a hankering for them too.
try baking about 6 or 7 of these GA's at once in a crowded line with 2 or 3 people jostling around you and the result was we all had burns on our arms from the oven or the pans. luckily i dont scar easily.
i tried to re-create the German apple at home about 6-7
years ago but i couldn't do it. it just wasn't the same thing. the mix was wrong.
has anyone heard of this in Montreal or elsewhere in Canada? i know of someone in the US who remembers this specialty from when he was younger too but i wonder if there are any places left that make such an item.
i'd love to find a German Apple again