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Brunch : Pancakes with Apple, Walnuts and Brie

This one was so easy, I could make it while half-asleep.  Dice up a couple of apples and toss into a saucepan with a pat of butter, a cup of water, a teaspoon of Chinese five-spice powder, and two tablespoons of brown sugar.  Cook over medium heat until the apples become soft and mushy.  If the mixture becomes too dry during the process, add more water to keep it from burning/sticking.

When the apples reach the desired consistency, prepare pancakes according to package directions.  If you're one of those talented people who can make pancakes from scratch, knock yourself out.

To assemble the dish, top one pancake with a few chunks of brie, a spoonful of the mushy apple, and a small sprinkle of chopped walnuts.  Place another pancake on top and repeat.  Keep going as high as you dare (I stopped at 4 pancakes) and serve with real maple syrup.

After consuming, lick the maple syrup off your lips as you gently slip into a pancake coma.
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