My boyfriend's mom's world-famous German apple pancake, which, like most family recipes, she says she found way back in a newspaper (The LA Times) which credits it to a restaurant called Sow's Ears. I guess that means this recipe is on its fourth incarnation. —Leslie Stephens
Preheat oven to 450° F. Combine 2 tablespoons of the melted butter with eggs, milk, granulated sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and flour. Beat by hand or in mixer until mixed.
In a 10-inch skillet, heat remaining 3 tablespoons butter with apple slices in 10 inch skillet until sizzling and slightly cooked. Pour in batter and sprinkle top with brown sugar. Bake for 25 minutes or until well-browned and puffed.