6-8 medium size McIntosh apples, peeled, cored and diced *
1 cinnamon stick *
3/4-1 cup apple cider (depending on how thick you want your sauce) *
1-1 1/2 cups dark maple syrup *
12 buckwheat pancakes (made from 1 box of buckwheat pancake mix, prepared according to the package directions) *
Nonstick cooking spray (as needed)
Pre-heat oven to 250ºF. In a medium saucepot, add the apples and cinnamon stick and cook over medium to medium-low heat until the apples are tender, about 6-7 minutes. Add the cider to the apples and continue to cook until the apples break down, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in the syrup and simmer until a thick, chunky sauce consistency is reached. Turn the heat down to low to keep warm and reserve. While the apples are simmering, prepare the pancakes on a griddle top or in a large nonstick sauté pan, according to package directions. Keep the finished pancakes warm on a sheet tray in the oven as you cook them.
To serve, layer spoonfuls of the applesauce-syrup mixture in between each pancake and on top.