Puffy Pancakes

In my house, Chet does most of the dinner cooking, but I do a lot of the baking and breakfast making. Breakfast has always been one of my favorite meals, but only when I can do it with flair. And these puffy pancakes are perfect for that.

I first found the recipe in the Moosewood Resturant New Classics cookbook. I didn’t really like the way that one turned out — the recommended time was 25 minutes which cooked too long and it was more like a flat bread then what I was looking for.

I did some digging and found a few recipes that I liked better, and combined them to make this.

Dutch Baby/German Pancake/Puffy Pancake

What You Need
Ingredients
1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c milk — 2% or whole
3 large eggs
2 (heaping) tbsp sugar
vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt (I use kosher)
2 tbsp butter

Equipment
Blender/food processor/Ninja
Spatula
10 in oven safe skillet — cast iron if you’ve got it!

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven and pan: Heat the oven to 425F, and put the skillet you’re using in the middle rack to heat up.
  2. Blend the batter: put the flour, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt in the blender. Count to 10, turn off, and scrape down the sides. You want everything mixed up well. Go for another 10 count. You r batter will be loose and liquidy – that’s how it should be!
  3. Rest the batter: This is he key to this recipe I’ve found. You have to rest the batter. Everything I read said it’s about the flour soaking up the liquid. I don’t know, but whatever it is, it’s makes a huge difference.
  4. Melt the butter: When you’re ready to make the pancake, pull the skillet from the over and toss he butter in. Swirl it to cover the bottom of the pan and he sides.
  5. Pour in the batter: pour the batter on top of the butter. Your butter will also mix with the batter and that’s totally normal and fine. Tilt the pan so the batter runs evenly through the skillet, and put back in the oven.
  6. Bake it! Bake until it’s puffed up, lightly brown on he top, and darker on the sides. In my oven, this takes about 15 minutes to do.
  7. Serve: I’d say leave it in the pan and dust with powder sugar. Cut into wedges and serve. One of these will feed Chet, myself, and our kiddo easily.

I served with a fruit compote using leftover berries in the fridge. Mine was strawberry + blueberry. In a pot put in a 1/4 sugar, 1/4 water, juice from 1/2 a lemon, and he berries. Cook over medium heat until it it looks like a jam – about five minutes. Enjoy 🙂

Chicago Trip 2

The Bean

Back in April (ish) I bought the mister a ticket to Riot Fest-Chicago, specifically to see Brand New, but also some other pretty good bands. I didn’t attend, but he seemed to have a great time. Frankly, I wanted to go to see Chicago, and spend some time with my friend, Stephanie.

Chicago_1 As a bonus, I got to meet Stephanie’s new fiance. He’s quite lovely and very kind.

Stephanie & Christopher

We spent the day Saturday walking around. The mister joined us for a late lunch, and we proceeded to walk a total of 35,000 steps. We got back to their apartment around 2AM, and it was worth every tired second.

Group Photo

I can’t wait to go again.

Falling Leaves

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Most of leaves are officially gone from the trees, and we’re starting the mornings below freezing.

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But, I really want to remember the loveliness of fall.

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A couple of weeks ago, the mister and I went to a park and took some photographs of the pretty fall. We also spent a weekend in Kansas City, where Holly Lynn took us down a trail to take more photographs.

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Eventually, I imagine that I’ll share actual photos from my camera.

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But for now, here are some living on my phone.

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Writing Inspiration

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Write what you are afraid will be sentimental, boring, melodramatic, pornographic, derivative, trite, vulgar, indulgent, sick, and/or stupid. There are a hundred reasons not to write what you most want to. Fuck that. Write it anyway.

Write what you care about. Don’t write one more word you don’t care about. Don’t waste anymore of your life on what does not matter to you. . . .Get messy. Before you get neat, get very, very messy. Write until you are more alive than you have ever been before.

-From Writing Past Dark by Bonnie Friedman.

Welcome Fall Party

Fall Lights

Each year, the mister and I put on a welcome fall party.
This was our 4th year to do so.
It started because I wanted to have one last goodbye to summer and a welcome to the stillness of fall. We host it each September, as close to the 21st as we can get.

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And truly, it’s probably my favorite thing that we do all year.

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There is just so much laughter and love at this event.
I’ll find myself sitting on the blanket just listening.
It’s one of the few times a year when I can count on just feeling peace.

Chatting

It’s a tradition I’m sure we’ll keep going.

Bridget & Matt