This decadent treat belies its humble name

The apple pancake from the Original Pancake House features a topping of Granny Smith apples cooked to a pie-filling consistency. Henri Hollis for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The apple pancake from the Original Pancake House features a topping of Granny Smith apples cooked to a pie-filling consistency. Henri Hollis for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Credit: Henri Hollis

Credit: Henri Hollis

Dish of the Week: Apple pancake from Original Pancake House

The humbly named apple pancake from the Original Pancake House actually is a heavy, decadent dish, much closer to a personal-sized cake than a flapjack.

The single, dense pancake is made with a rich, eggy batter that forms a beautifully caky crust. It has a fluffy crumb, but also is a little crispy around the edges. A topping of Granny Smith apples cooked to a pie-filling consistency crowns the pastry, and condenses the batter underneath. The apples are dusted with cinnamon and glazed in brown sugar.

The beautiful thing about the apple pancake is that such a simple combination of flavors offers such a multifaceted eating experience. It’s simultaneously soft, crunchy, chewy, dense, airy, fruity and rich. No matter how humble the dish’s origins, it’s a treat that almost any food lover will relish.

The Original Pancake House. 2321 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta. 404-633-5677, ophatlanta.com.

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