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Apple Bacon Pancakes

Fluffy apple bacon pancakes with a slightly crispy exterior, made from scratch with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. Your weekend just got better!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 903 kcal


  • 2 apples cored and diced
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 2 Tbsp bacon fat divided
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon

Wet Batter Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups sour cream may substitute 2 1/2 c buttermilk OR 2 c plain yogurt plus 1/2 c milk for sour cream and milk
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted
  • 2 Tbsp bacon fat
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Dry Batter Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar white or brown


  • Cook bacon, starting on cold griddle or frying pan, until it reaches desired level of crispiness. Remove to paper towel-lined plate. Reserve bacon fat. Crumble bacon once cooled.
  • Add diced apples to a tsp of bacon fat on same surface. Sprinkle with 1/8 tsp each of salt and cinnamon. Cook until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Remove to a small bowl. 
  • Mix wet ingredients: in a large bowl, beat two eggs. Add milk and sour cream (or milk and yogurt, or buttermilk). Add butter and bacon fat. Add 1/4 tsp cinnamon and vanilla. Mix well with a whisk.
  • Mix dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. 
  • Add dry ingredients to wet slowly, whisking to combine. Do not overmix. Wet and dry ingredients should be fully incorporated, but small pockets of flour are fine. 
  • Heat griddle to 350F or pan over medium heat. Coat lightly with bacon grease (or butter). Use a 1/4 cup measure to portion out pancakes, with each batch small enough that the batter circles don't touch.
  • Add several pieces each of cooked bacon and apples to each pancake immediately after pouring batter onto pan. It's important to add while the batter is still wet. 
  • Watch for small bubbles to start to form on top of the pancakes. Flip with a spatula when bubbles are present and down side is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Do not push down on pancakes with spatula once flipped. 
  • Cook pancakes an additional 2-3 minutes, or until second side is golden brown. You may hold cooked pancakes in a 200F oven while making additional batches. Coat pan with additional bacon fat before each batch.
  • Serve pancakes with butter, real maple syrup, and a fried egg. 
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