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Jen Pollock Michel

( author + writer + speaker )

Come to the Table (A Christmas recipe)

This morning, we head to the States to visit family and friends for Christmas. Forgive me, but I'm ending the Advent series a couple of days early. I'll make it up to you with a fantastic recipe. And maybe food isn't that far from thinking about Jesus. Jewish theologian, Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, "Every home can be a temple, every table an altar, and all of life a song to God." The past seven years, we've woken up in our own home for Christmas. Traveling this year is going to require that our kids - and our traditions - be flexible.

Christmas breakfast is usually an elegant affair at the Michel home. We set the table with china, and I pull out all the stops. Homemade cinnamon rolls. Ham strada. Something egg-less for allergy twin. And yes, apple pancake.

I'm happy to report that the traditional Christmas breakfast is still on for this year. (I'm even happier to report I won't be cooking it.) My mom emailed several days ago, asking for the apple pancake recipe.

It made me think to share it with you.

And invite you and yours to come to the table, marvel in the mystery, find your planted pennies, and choir the proper praise.

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Apple Pancake (I think I found this recipe at

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅔ cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 12 ounces granny smith apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced 3 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
  • Powdered sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 425°F. Whisk milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon in large bowl until well blended. Add flour and whisk until batter is smooth. Place butter in 13x9-inch glass baking dish. Place dish in oven until butter melts, about 5 minutes. Remove dish from oven. Place apple slices in overlapping rows atop melted butter in baking dish. Return to oven and bake until apples begin to soften slightly and butter is bubbling and beginning to brown around edges of dish, about 10 minutes.
Pour batter over apples in dish and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake pancake until puffed and brown, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. Serve warm.

Thank you for sharing Advent with me. Blessings from our family to yours.


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