Halloween starter-Buttermilk Pancakes and Pan Roasted Lady Apples

Halloween. Start of a fun weekend, and here’s a great way to get it going with a bit of a fall flair. For breakfast or brunch try these hotcakes. I really like Alton Brown’s Instant Pancake recipe (available at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/instant-pancake-mix-recipe/index.html). It keeps for several months, is easy to use and follows the ratio guideline as espoused by Michael Ruhlman (2 cups instant mix; 2 cups butter milk; 2 eggs; 4 tbsp butter-everything is 1:1 except the butter which is 1:2; simple the way I like it early in the morning). The batter makes absolutely delicious pancakes and you can top them with anything. I used some recently purchased lady apples and pan roasted them with a little butter, raw sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Along with the perfectly brewed coffee (see last week’s post) it will get you Holiday weekend off to the right start.