Puffed Pear Pancake: tastes like Sunday morning, simple enough for busy weekday breakfast

We’ve heard it a million times, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, when the school bus comes at 6:30, you’re trying to get kids- and yourself- ready and out the door, making a hot breakfast seems downright laughable. Flipping pancakes before I’ve had a cup of coffee isn’t my favorite way to start the day.

easy-like-weekday-morningThat’s why I love this puffed pear pancake! Sure, it takes 20-25 minutes to cook, but I don’t have to do anything…it’s in the oven while everyone is getting ready. Don’t think you have a spare 1/2 hour? Here’s how it works…

  1. roll out of bed and stumble into the kitchen
  2. put a cast iron skillet in oven (or save 10 seconds and do it the night before)
  3. preheat oven to 450
  4. turn on coffee maker
  5. make batter (or save 5 min and make it the night before)
  6. add 2 tbsp butter to hot pan
  7. slice pear & toss with cinnamon/sugar
  8. add to pan and bake 20-25 min
  9. go back to bed for 20-25 min…or be productive…whichever works for your morning

By the time the timer goes off, coffee is ready, and a hot breakfast is good to go. Top pancake slices with a couple spoonfuls of Greek yogurt for a little extra protein.

Although the recipe calls for pears, I often substitute apples…whatever happens to be in the house.

Here’s how you make it…


3 eggs
3/4 c. milk
3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 ripe pear or apple, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp. butter


  • Place a 12-inch oven-safe skillet (I use a cast iron) in oven while preheating oven to 450
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, flour, vanilla, and salt until smooth (can be done the night before)
  • In a separate bowl, toss the pear/apple with the sugar and cinnamon
  • Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and add the butter, swirling until it is melted
  • Arrange the pears/apples in a single layer in the skillet and pour batter over top
  • Return to skillet to the oven and bake 20-25 minutes or until puffed and golden
  • Top with Greek yogurt and fresh berries or additional pear/apple slices


Real food, made fast.

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