German Apple Pancake with Pear ‘Ice Cream’

Preparation time
20 mins
Cooking time
20 mins
4 people
Meal course
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German Apple Pancake with Pear ‘Ice Cream’

I call this ridiculously easy and crazy delicious dessert a ‘German Pancake’ because that’s where I got the idea for it. However, this is not a traditional recipe… And I’m fairly certain the Germans wouldn’t add Basil, although, I’m part German and I’m adding Basil… I love the aromatic flavour it adds, and I think Basil and Apple are total magic together.

I also really love cheats Ice creams, and they don’t get much cheatier than this one.
It has only 2 ingredients! I know… Right?! Howwww awesome.
I made this recipe last night at the Adelaide Central Market for one of my regular cooking demos and to say it was a hit is a total understatement. Dougal (my good friend and Market ‘host with the most’) and I couldn’t get this ice cream out of the processor and onto the plates quick enough!
Just make sure your pears are in season and beautifully juicy and ripe because that’s where the flavour comes from. Buttermilk adds a delicious tang that cuts through the sweetness and rounds it out perfectly, just try to resist it! I promise you can’t…


3 extra large Free-Range Eggs
¼ cup of Caster Sugar
Large pinch of Salt
1 cup self-raising Flour
1 cup Buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla Extract

4 large Apples
3 tbs unsalted Butter
¼ cup of Caster Sugar
Small bunch of Basil

Pear ‘Ice Cream’
1 kg ripe Pears – any variety will work
½ cup of Buttermilk

  1. Pre-heat your fan forced oven to 220°c.
  2. Place the Pancake batter ingredients into a bowl and whisk together well until smooth and airy. Leave to rest while you prepare the apples.
  3. Peel and core the apples. Cut each apple into quarters. Heat the butter in an oven proof frypan or skillet over a high heat. Once the butter is bubbling, add the sugar and stir well. Now add the apples, reduce the heat to low and allow them to cook for a few minutes, before turning over and cooking for another couple of minutes.
  4. Once the apples are starting to soften, tear over the basil leaves and pour over the batter. Leave for a minute on the heat to begin cooking the bottom and than place the fry pan into your pre-heated oven. Cook for 10 minutes or until puffed and set in the middle. Once cooked remove the pan from the oven and serve the pancake immediately with the pear ice cream
  5. To make the pear ice cream - *** NB: You will need to begin this recipe the day before. Peel and core the pears. Chop into 2cm dices and place into a large flat container. Place into the freezer and freeze overnight. It needs to be solidly frozen. Place the pear into the bowl of a high powered food processor. Process until the pear is a fine and icey powder, stir it regularly between pulses to ensure a smooth ice. Add the buttermilk and continue processing until it is smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

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