Believe it or not, but Christmas is just over two weeks away.  The pressure to find the perfect gift for friends and family is something that’s been weighing on my mind.  Rather than letting the stress weigh on my wallet, this holiday season I’ve decided to give homemade gifts that are creative, unique, and something my friends and family can really enjoy.  The best part is, the gifts come from my own kitchen, are made with love, and truly show how much the recipients mean to me.

I thought I’d share a different gift idea with you each week leading up to Christmas. We’ll start off with my favorite one: a family tradition and favorite…Dry Pancake Mix. The Berghoff Family’s Bavarian Apple Pancake dry mix is the perfect recipe for that person who finds themselves serving brunch during the holidays.  In my own kitchen, we love to serve brunch any time of the day year round.  However pancakes are one of those delicious dishes that are perfect for this time of the year.  Simply measure out all the dry ingredients and place them into a festive jar.  I like to attach the recipe to the jar on a small recipe card with some holiday themed ribbon.  The great thing is, one can decorate the jar and card anyway you’d like, to really make it your own.  Stay tuned for more homemade gift ideas.  Cheers!

Bavarian Apple Pancake Dry Mix

Yield: Makes 16 8-inch pancakes


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1 ¼ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange or lemon zest
  • 4 cups peeled, cored, and diced Jonathan , Granny Smith, or Fuji Apples
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Optional toppings: confectioners’ sugar, fresh fruit, yogurt, or ice cream


In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl combine, the eggs, 1 cup of the milk, and the oil, vanilla, and zest, and mix well. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and slowly incorporate the wet ingredients, blending thoroughly. Add the diced apples.

NOTE: If batter is too thick to spread out easily when spooned into a hot skillet, add more milk little by little. If you chose to make the batter one day ahead, cover and refrigerate without adding the apples until ready to use.

Heat a nonstick 10-inch skillet over medium heat and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray. Add a thin layer of batter (about ½ cup) and let brown on one side. With a spatula, gently flip and brown the other side. The pancake should be about twice as thick as a crepe (1/16 to 1/8 inch). Respray the pan with nonstick cooking spray before each pancake.

Fold the cooked pancakes in half, and serve two per serving. Top with confectioners’ sugar, fresh fruit, ice cream, or yogurt. You may also serve with fruit or maple syrup.