One thing I was thinking about this weekend while I was cooking, was the fact that it's so nice to take pictures in the natural light! The quality of my images are just so much better. I do enjoy cooking at night and using my dinners as fodder for the blog though because it challenges me in low light situations and pushes me to be better. This particular blog post has a whopping 12 or 13 pictures? I went a little crazy, I'll admit. But on top of the great lighting, I also love this breakfast recipe. It's so fun & easy, it would also be a great activity to do with a child since there is a lot of little work that would keep them busy. I am all for bringing the kids in the kitchen to participate.
I first found this recipe on the back of a Hormel Little Sizzlers sausage box, and since making it a few times I have adjusted it to my own tastes. I also make my own homemade pancake mix (which I will share the recipe for at a later date) so I don't use store-bought. However, for ease of use I am going to share the recipe with store-bought pancake mix being used since this recipe IS easy but can get a little involved. I promise though, it will look like you slaved, and it will definitely be a crowd pleaser. Hormel calls this a Baked Apple Pancake, I prefer Breakfast Wagon Wheel because it's so much cuter and it really looks like a Wagon Wheel.
Breakfast Wagon Wheel Recipe
1c. pancake mix or baking mix such as Bisquick
1 pkg. Hormel Little Sizzlers
1 large egg, beaten
2T. margarine or butter
1/4t. ground cinnamon
1/4t. ground nutmeg
1C. finely chopped, peeled apple
Heat oven to 400 degrees, grease a 10" pie plate.
Cook sausages according to manufacturer's instructions; drain and place on plate lined with paper towels and set aside. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients with the exception of apple. Stir until well combined, then add apple.
Arrange sausages in a spoke pattern on top of pancake mixture. Add pecans.
Bake pancake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with maple syrup.
Now, I talk about being from Wisconsin all the time. Yes, I am a proud Wisconsinite. I've lived here my entire life, and when I was younger I dreamed about leaving Wisconsin. I couldn't stand it! I wanted to live in a big city, I wanted to escape, run away. Then...I started traveling. I've been all over the U.S., not to all 50 states (YET) but to a lot of major cities. Chicago, New York, Kansas City, Denver, Las Vegas, the list goes on. And the more I traveled, the more I loved my small town Wisconsin. There is so much about this state to love, and one of my biggest loves is honest to goodness maple syrup. My favorite comes from Fitzl's and I strongly recommend trying it. In fact, I would be glad to ship you a bottle just ask for my Paypal and it will be on it's way!
Drizzled over the top of pancakes, waffles, ice cream this stuff is divine. I've even tried some drizzled over nuts and then baked. Delicious! I pour a good serving of this over the top of my serving of Breakfast Wagon Wheel and it is perfect. I strongly recommend splurging on the real thing and not using Maple "flavored" syrup.
As one of my all time favorite recipes, I am very much looking forward to your thoughts on this one when you make it! Thanks so much for tuning it. :) Have a great Monday evening!