Mason Jar Pigs in a Blanket Pancakes with Maple Fried Apples

breakFAST month

Last March I stopped buying breakfast cereal. Why? My children were abusing its convenience, upwards toward 6 bowls a day each- two bowls at breakfast, two after school, and two before bed on some days. That is a whole lot of refined grains and sugar in their little bodies, plus a big chunk of change. So I nixed it. They went crazy. More like ballistic. I dug in my heels and did not relent. Then something interesting happened. Leftovers got eaten up for breakfast. The boys learned how to fry bacon, or cook up some oatmeal. After school snacks turned into burgers, sandwiches, and other homemade snacks. They even pulled out a cookbook and baked up a cake. My children were suddenly more creative, inventive, and experimental with a bigger variety of foods while increasing their protein and fruit intake. But sadly, while at a hotel last month, the first thing they grabbed at breakfast was the sugary cereal. Argh.

Here is a meal that is not only hearty, but when made ahead, eases your morning routine, and fills your family’s bellies with a nice hot breakfast. It also makes a nice addition to the lunchbox.

This recipe was inspired by my Mason Jar Baked Corn Dogs. By plunging two of your favorite sausage links down into my baked Pancake Square’s batter, these little guys become more like pigs in a pillow. The Maple Fried Apples are certainly optional, but round this meal out very nicely.

Mason Jar Pigs in a Blanket Pancakes with Maple Fried Apples
Ingredients for the Maple Fried Apples:
1/2 stick butter
6 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored, cubed
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup- I used Trader Joe’s Grade A 100% pure maple syrup
1 T. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions for Apples:
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Once the butter is melted, add the rest of the ingredients, and cook for about 30 minutes or until the apples are tender and the liquid is absorbed. Serve with Pigs in a Blanket or place 1/2 cup portions in 7 (8 ounce) wide mouth mason jars or jelly jars and store in the refrigerator or freezer. To reheat, remove lid and microwave for about 30 seconds or until hot. Jar will be hot. Makes 7 jars (1/2 cup each).

While apples are cooking, prepare your Pigs in a Blanket Pancakes.

Ingredients for Pigs in a Blanket Pancakes:
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
4 tsp. baking powder
2 T. sugar

1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs

4 T. melted butter

14 breakfast sausage links, browned through

Instructions for Pigs in a Blanket Pancakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 7 (8 ounce) mason jelly jars, set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. In another bowl whisk together the milk and eggs, then pour into dry ingredients, stir well and stir in butter. Divide batter between the seven jars, a bit over 4 ounces in each jar. Push 2 sausage links down in each jar. Place jars on a sturdy jelly roll pan, and bake for 17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. When baked, remove from oven and run a knife around each cake and dump out onto a plate. Slice each into 5 medallions and serve with Maple Fried Apples and more Maple Syrup. Makes 7 jars.

Cooking Tips:
1. While sausages are browning, peel, core, and cube your apples.
2. While the apples are cooking, make your Pigs in a Blanket Pancakes.

Note- My family packs a jar of Pigs in a Blanket Pancakes and Maple Fried Apples, along with a small jar of maple syrup in their lunchboxes (double wine bags), and reheats them at school or office in the microwave. One ate them right from the jar, while another reheated and plated his meal just like the photo up top.

Non-Jar Options:

Serving a crowd or eating in? Bake up this Pigs in a Blanket Pancake recipe just like my Baked Pancake Squares– Pour into a greased 9×13, top with links and bake at 350 degrees for about 17-19 minutes. Slice and serve with Maple Fried Apples and Maple Syrup. This can also be sliced, wrapped individually, and frozen for future quick breakfasts.

This recipe can also be baked up into muffins. Next time I would bake these right up in a muffin tin sans paper liners. I find myself shamelessly chewing off the excess cake that sticks to the papers. You too? Bake up 12 muffins by pouring the batter into well greased muffin wells and placing two sausage link halves in each muffin. Bake at 350 degrees for 15- 17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Eat immediately with the Maple Fried Apples and Maple Syrup or freeze for future snacks or breakfast. Oh, and those two extra sausage links? Look right, then left, and shove them in your pie hole before someone sees you.

More Pancakes?
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Baked Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Pumpkin Roll Pancakes with Cinnamon Cream Syrup

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  1. Naina @ chow bella
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 7:55 AM | Permalink

    I love this idea! I have also fallen in the trap of eating cereal for all my meals, especially in college. This looks like a much more fulfilling breakfast/snack!

  2. Big Dude
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 8:26 AM | Permalink

    I love the cereal story and it's a great example of a parent actually parenting – good for you. I like putting the sausage in the pancake.

  3. Heather (Heather's Dish)
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 8:50 AM | Permalink

    i've never been a cereal gal myself, but these sound and look amazing…i'd love 'em for any meal of the day!

  4. vanillasugarblog
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM | Permalink

    there is NO cereal in our house unless it's kashi.
    never really liked cereal.
    but i LOVE anything with pigs in a blanker.
    remember those corn dogs you made? my hubby asks for them all the time….still.

  5. Mimi
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 4:11 PM | Permalink

    LOL..I thought only my son would say "shove them in your pie hole"
    Great breakfast/snack idea.

  6. FOODalogue
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 4:58 PM | Permalink

    This looks like a lot more fun the kids than cereal. They're lucky to have such a creative and caring mom.

  7. Sabrina
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 10:38 PM | Permalink

    Yummm! These look so good. Can't wait to try.

  8. Biz
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 3:13 PM | Permalink

    Hannah was never much of a cereal eater – but my step-son? He could eat a whole box of Cinnamon Toast crunch in one sitting!

    Love this idea – I think I'll make these for Hannah – hugs!!

  9. Anonymous
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 4:33 PM | Permalink

    Hey Sis, Dave worked nights last night and has one more to go. This will be great to wake up to. Love the muffin option. Thanks. Ellen

  10. grace
    Posted January 12, 2012 at 2:25 PM | Permalink

    this is probably your best mason jar idea yet. bravo!

  11. Carrie
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 1:55 PM | Permalink

    Great idea, I think I will try this in muffin cups and chop the sausage for my toddler. Love that you always thing about freezing stuff, it makes it sooooo much easier to keep up with feeding my son.

  12. Brigitte
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 9:41 PM | Permalink

    Great idea! How long do you think they keep? Could a batch be made and reheated through the week?

    • Robin Sue
      Posted September 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM | Permalink

      I keep mine up to 3-4 days in the fridge. They will freeze well too. They reheat very well in the microwave. Enjoy!

  13. Smilingstrange
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 9:27 AM | Permalink

    My kids loved this recipe. It seemed more biscuits vs. pancakes like but still good.

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