Downton Abbey Breakfast

Downton Abbey Breakfast


I’m not sure if it’s the influence of Downton Abbey or just feeling a little put out with life in general lately, but I decided Cole and I would have a Downton Abbey breakfast this morning. It would have been nice to have Mrs Patmore to fix it and footmen to serve it, but despite the lack of servants we prepared a delightful menu.

We dined on apple pancakes, (recipe below shared by Mary Lee), bacon, and Mimosas. And yes, I opened a whole bottle of champaign and used the best crystal.

It was delicious and FUN. And now it’s time to curl up with my furs on this cloudy, cold afternoon for a little nap.


Apple Pancake


Pennsylvania Apple Pancake, from the cookbook Food Editors’ Hometown Favorites Cookbook, and shared by Mary Lee!

Remember… an apple a day keeps the doctor away (even when sliced and simmered in butter, sugar and cinnamon REALLY)

3 eggs
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. milk
1/4 tsp. salt
8 Tbsp. butter or margarine, divided
3 or 4 tart apples
3 Tbsp. granulated sugar (or to taste, depending on the apples)
Cinnamon-sugar (3 Tbsp. granulated sugar mixed with 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 450 while preparing batter. Beat eggs in medium bowl; add flour, milk, and salt, and beat. Slightly lumpy batter makes a light pancake.

Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in large oven-proof skillet. Pour batter into skillet and immediately place in preheated 450 oven; bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temp. to 350 and bake 10 minutes longer, until crisp and golden.

While pancake bakes, prepare apples. Peel, core, and cut apples into thin slices. Melt remaining 6 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet. Sauté apples with sugar in butter for five minutes or less, just until crisp tender. Set aside.

Remove baked pancake from oven. Transfer apples with slotted spoon and place onto half of pancake surface. Fold pancake in half. Pour butter from skillet over pancake. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon-sugar. Cut pancake in wedges and serve with lemon.

(I kind of screwed this part up…I put the apples on top of the pancake and pored the syrup from the cinnamon, sugar and butter over the pancake instead of  folding it. I also added the cinnamom too soon but next time I will sprinkle it gently on the folded pancake.  I promise!)




5 thoughts on “Downton Abbey Breakfast

  1. Well, just look at you two having a fine breakfasting experience! Good for you — a day this gray and dreary calls for eating something special (with someone special!) and then taking a nap!

    • Yep! It turned out to be a very nice day. I took my nap, hung with my kid, and Cole even tried to hang a light for me–The bad news is he needs a little more direction, but the good news is I noticed the first thing he did was cut the power, so I was a little less anxious about the electrical piece. Hope you and DD had a nice walk before the rain began to fall….Weather on the way. Oh Joy.

  2. nice! this delicious breakfast assuredly brightened the dreary day for you! hope you had a restful rest of the day.
    afternoon rains came & canceled agility for the 3rd straight monday. jeez. we were to begin agility 2 today. as long as nik picks up where we left off, it’ll be ok. she has come out of her shell!

    • Ohh sorry about the rain out. Nik is a smart girl she will still be on top of her game.
      Lovely day. Cole had to hang at home for a long time after we had our Champagne breakfast (no driving) and he didn’t seem to mind, so we caught up with one another and then we had a pie emergency, so we had to make a Bakers Square run, and while we were out–we remembered we did not have a scoop of ice cream. SO we fixed that and while we were at the store a couple of Cole’s friends called and wanted to know if they could have a sleep over at our house…did the word get out about the pie and ice cream? Well who knows, but I said yes, of-course. Love the kids at MY house. So despite the lousy weather and my grim mood–the day turned out nicely. Hope that the 9-5 guy did not keep you home all day!

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