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Fancy Breakfast Friday: Pancakes

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We were on vacation in Washington D.C. last week to sight-see and see the baaaaaaaby. We had an 8:30 tour at the White House on Friday morning so I offered to make a Fancy Breakfast Saturday.  (And I forgot to do my FBF post last week!  That means I have a peach hand pie breakfast that hasn’t been shared yet!)

After our 8:30 am White House tour, we walked to the Washington Monument, met Uncle John for lunch and then we went to the spy museum.  It was universally agreed that we’d sleep in and be lazy and only do one thing on Saturday.  That meant I had plenty of time to make a stack of pancakes, and hold the baby and make dough for pizza dinner that night. (I did more than one thing on Saturday.)  I didn’t check the pantry before I went to the grocery store so I didn’t have any baking powder.  My solution was to add a little extra baking soda and an extra egg. My general ratio is 1:1:1:1:1:1:1/2  – (1 cup of flour, 1 cup of milk, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.)

I doubled the recipe, and I went with 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 4 eggs.  Since I had the extra liquid from the eggs I added about a cup of oats.

They were good! I put blueberries in some, chocolate chips in others, and I put some toppings out for people who wanted more of one or the other.  I think Jack ate all the chocolate chips before the other half of the family was up.

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I served the pancakes with fruit, syrup, and sausage.  There really wasn’t enough, everyone had to FHB. (Family hold back.) But it was a long and lazy morning with plenty of opportunity to have other food to go with it. I wish we could spend more Saturdays like that!  I miss that sweet baby and her parents.

 

Fancy Breakfast Friday: My Go-To Pancakes

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I’ve made these pancakes for Fancy Breakfast Friday before, but I never shared the recipe.  The reason I made something as standard and boring as pancakes is that I have had an ongoing buttermilk situation.  I know I have complained about King Soopers before but here I go again.  They have goat, soy, almond, cow, banana, chocolate, coconut, cashew and probably more types of milk.  But last time I looked for buttermilk they didn’t have any.  The dairy guy said, “You know, you can just add a splash of lemon or vinegar…”  And I said, “I KNOW! I’m the queen of making fake buttermilk.  But when I plan ahead and I’m at the store, it’s because I want ACTUAL buttermilk.”  But I said it very nicely.

This time I did find some, but all they had was a half gallon.  Has anyone ever needed more than a pint of buttermilk? No.  So I used buttermilk in the biscuits last week.  I had halved that recipe, so that left me with half a gallon minus 1.5 cups.  To use a bit more, I tripled this pancake recipe that I usually double.  (The next day I made cornbread with some more of the buttermilk and I still need to use the rest assuming it hasn’t gone bad.)

Here is the basic recipe – this is for one small batch of pancakes – I always double it, sometimes triple it.  This is adapted from Simply Colorado, which was a wedding shower gift.  (It’s old.)

My Go To Pancake

1 cup buttermilk or yogurt.  (The yogurt makes it very think.  If I use yogurt I double the recipe and do half milk/half yogurt.)
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour (when I tripe I do 2 cups whole wheat and 1 cup all purpose flour)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
optional blueberries

Add all dry ingredients to a bowl and mix with a fork.

Measure the milk in a measuring cup that is larger than the amount of milk you are using.  Crack the egg into the measuring cup and stir well with a fork.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with the fork until just mixed.  Allow to rest for a second while you heat the griddle.

I make these pancakes in a smiley face skillet.  Using a ladle I fill each face with batter and put a spoon full of frozen blueberries on top.  When the edges look cooked and bubbles are rising I flip the pancake onto another heated skillet.  There is no way I could accurately flip the pancakes onto the faces in the skillet.  So my smiley pancakes are one sided.  This actually makes it go a lot faster since I have two skillets cooking pancakes at once.

My other pancake secret is that I keep them warm on a plate in the microwave.  This is great in the summer when you want  warm pancakes, but you don’t want the oven heating up the house.  This is a trick I learned from Dave.

These pancakes were loved by all, and eaten all weekend, sometimes as a pancake and peanut butter sandwich.  Sometimes toasted. Sometimes just at room temperature like a piece of delicious bread.

If you are looking for a trip down memory lane, please feel free to read this description of Luke’s first day of kindergarten.   It came up when I was searching my blog for “pancake”.

Fancy Breakfast Friday: Cornmeal Pancakes

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I chased that cornmeal and blueberry dream combo one more time and at last I found the perfect recipe.  (Note – I gave up on the lemon aspect.  See other attempts here.)  But these pancakes were very good.  Easy to make, I had everything on hand, they were delicious and everyone liked them.  I have also been very interesting in recipes that don’t require an oven, because it has been as hot as the surface of the sun lately and we don’t have air conditioning.

These pancakes are based on the cookbook Feed Zone Portables which I have been using a lot lately!  (Waffles, baked eggs,  and frittata)  I highly recommend this book for homemade snacks you can eat at school or for breakfast or on runs/bike rides/hikes if you want to avoid a prepackaged bar and you are not a fan of peanut butter and jelly.

Usually with cookbook recipes I say to just buy the book but I am going to share my version here because I changed a lot and I want to remember this one.  You’ll definitely want the book if you want to make this dairy free and not gluten free, but made with interesting flours.  I’m also going to share my method for using the least amount of tools and dishes. (When a recipe says to whisk, 99% of the time I use a fork. Why get the whisk out for stuff that doesn’t need to be fluffy?  Whisk dry ingredients?  Never.)

Cornmeal Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

Blueberry Sauce

1/2 Cup Frozen blueberries
2 T sugar (or to taste)

I just defrosted the blueberries and then mixed in the sugar and let it sit while I made the pancakes.  Pretty easy.

Cornmeal Pancakes

1 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup milk
1 egg lightly beaten
2 tablespoons melted butter

Add all dry ingredients to a bowl and mix with a fork.

Measure the milk in a glass measuring cup and heat for 30 seconds in the microwave.  Crack the egg into the measuring cup and stir well with a fork.  Melt the butter in the microwave (make sure it isn’t too hot, you don’t want to cook the egg.) and add to the egg and milk.  Stir well with the fork.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with the fork until just mixed.  Allow to rest for a second while you heat the griddle.  It may seem a little runny.

I make these pancakes in a cast iron skillet, adding a little butter occasionally to get that yummy pancake look on top.  Ladle about a 1/4 a cup of batter for each pancake onto the skillet, flipping when you see a lot of bubbles and the sides look a little cooked.

Serve with blueberry syrup, but offer maple syrup for weirdos who don’t like blueberries.

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Fancy Breakfast Friday

Simply Colorado is a cookbook I received at my wedding shower, 18 years ago.  It appears to be available on amazon for $0.01 at this time, which is a steal.  My go-to pancake recipe is from this book, and I love it because it uses 100% whole wheat, but the pancakes are still very light and fluffy.  It calls for blueberries, which  I usually have in the freezer, and buttermilk, which I rarely have on hand.  When I do have buttermilk, I make these pancakes and they are amazing.  When I don’t have buttermilk, I add a splash of white vinegar to regular milk and let it sit for a minute.