Apple Pear Pancake Topper takes only minutes to make and is a delicious blend of apples, pears, vanilla bean, maple syrup, and crisp bacon pieces.
So, a little while ago I made this for breakfast, took a quick photo with my phone, and put it on instagram. I wasn’t planning on making an actual recipe post out of it because in my mind, this kind of breakfast was common sense and it just tasted good. Then I had to remind myself that not everyone eats exactly the same as I do and that if I shared one of my favorite ways to enjoy pancakes, maybe it will make others try something new. Hence, here is the apple pear bacon pancake topper post. There’s no recipe for the actual pancakes because I was feeling lazy and just made them from a mix, but Trader Joe’s multigrain pancake mix is pretty damn good.
My new preferred way to eat bacon with my pancakes is like this. Why take turns between bites of pancake and bites of bacon when you can easily enjoy both at the same time? You know that’s what your taste buds have been begging for all along anyway, isn’t it? By this time of year when the only things in season are apples and pears (among citrus and pomegranate which I, too, love). But, right around the end of January is when we’re just about tired of eating raw apples and raw pears. Oh, but we sure do love cooking them down until soft and tender with a vanilla bean and pure maple syrup to top our pancakes. Those little crispy bacon bits and pieces are the perfect compliment to an already delicious meal.
Apple Pear Pancake Topper
- 2 large pears peeled and chopped (any kind will work, but I prefer barlett)
- 2 large apples peeled and chopped (I prefer a sweet and tart apple like pink lady or honeycrisp)
- 1 vanilla bean split and scraped
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 8 ounces bacon ends and pieces cooked
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine apple and pear pieces, the scraped vanilla bean seeds along with the remaining pod, and maple syrup. Cook until soft and tender, about 20 minutes. For me, the pears became very soft and the apples remained more firm. When done, remove vanilla bean pod and discard.
- Prepare bacon ends and pieces according to directions.
- Top pancakes or waffles with a big scoop of apple pear mixture and then sprinkle with cooked bacon pieces.