Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and every traveler knows that it’s the hardest part of your daily routine to change. No matter which part of the world you’re from, if you’re living overseas, the last thing you want to face when you wake up every morning is local food. We love to explore all the cuisines the world has to offer for lunch and dinner – but for most people, the only thing they want for breakfast is a taste of home.

With our busy schedule, the weekend is the only time our family can sit down and have a real breakfast together. For us, our favorite first meal of the day has to be pancakes – so easy to make that we always feel at home no matter where we are in the world.

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This pancake recipe is one of our favorites; it’s fluffy, moist, and simple to prepare. What makes this breakfast even better is that when we have it together with our children, it’s the perfect time for family bonding.

A stack of hot pancakes topped with caramelized apples is a great way to start your weekend… Who’s in?

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pancakes

2 cups dry pancake mix

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 eggs

1 cup apple sauce

1 tsp lemon juice

½ cup milk

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir the pancake mix and cinnamon together. Make a well in the center and add the eggs, apple sauce, lemon juice, and milk.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over a medium heat. Pour the batter onto the griddle. Brown both sides and serve hot.

Caramelized Apples

½ cup brown sugar, packed

¼ cup butter

¾ tsp ground cinnamon

2 apples, cored cut into thin slices

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in large skillet. Add brown sugar and cinnamon. Add apples, stirring to coat with the sugar mixture.
  2. Cook over a medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring frequently. Keep warm over a low heat.

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BIO: Vietnamese chef Jack Lee has served a host of Hollywood A-listers from Angelina Jolie to Barbra Streisand, and recently returned to chef for Acacia Veranda Dining (149-151 Nguyen Du, D1). His biography by Oi writer NPD Khanh will be released next year.