Saturday, April 30, 2011

An Easy Breakfast, with Special Occasion Results

I am a big fan of Easy! I am also a big fan of the not always done, not really common, special occasion worthy dishes. You see in my earlier life I was told I probably should stick to take out. My Late husband in our early years of marriage didnt have a lot of confidence in my cooking ability. Although I tried, I really didn't have the "sense" of how to bring my inspirations to fruition. This brought me to where I would put simple ingredients together and make them spectacular! I never shared my recipes with anyone for fear that they would know how easy it was and not be amazed at what I had accomplished. LOL, Little did I know that years later I would be encouraging hundreds of thousands of people to do the same thing.
Today is my companion's birthday. He's a simple guy who loves my cooking. He loves it simple, complicated, burnt or beautiful.. He is honestly always happy that I cook. So this morning I got up early and made him a Wonderful German Pancake. In essence it is a very easy recipe but the Wow factor makes it a Birthday worthy Breakfast!
German Pancake.

Ingredients

4 eggs
2 tbsp Butter (melted)
2/3 cup Flour (sifted)
2/3 cup Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp Sugar

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400°
Butter/Grease (2) 9 inch cake pans.

In a mixing bowl beat eggs.
Add sugar, beat until light and fluffy.
Add milk.and vanilla.
Combine with a whisk or spoon.
Add dry ingredients.
Combine well with whisk or spoon.
Add melted butter.
Combine.

*Note: if you would like the "crisp" texture as seen in the picture, combine all ingredients in a blender and "whip" for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. The air bubbles is was causes the crispness of the outer shell.
Alternatively, if you do not "aerate" the mixture the result is a light and smooth pancake. Truly a preference choice.

Pour Mixture evenly divided among the 2 pans.
Bake in 400° oven for 10 minutes. Lower oven to 325° for 10-15 additional minutes.
The edges will be a beautiful golden and the center a light creamy yellow.

Serve each pancake with your choice of butter and pancake syrup or fruit compote.
You can add brown sugar and cinnamon to the top of the pancake batter before putting it in the oven, Wow! Warm some apples in the microwave with cinnamon and butter and top the pancake with them, again WOW!
I decided today on simply topping it with Crushed Pineapple and butter. Delish!

These also can be a wonderful dessert!  Top with powdered sugar,  fruit and whipped cream or ice cream and fudge sauce! It's really a very versatile little addition to your culinary arsenal and nobody needs to know how easy it is!

Enjoy!