I am not a big pancake fan. I'll occasionally have a craving for one and usually I reserve satisfying said craving for a decadent Sunday brunch out. Sometimes I order Eggs Benedict instead. My daughter likes pancakes however, and she is especially fond of the butter and syrup that accompanies the pancakes. Pancakes are not a part of our weekday breakfast routine. They can be a bit labor intensive and even when our mornings are not super busy, saving them for the weekends works out best for all. Especially the chef. In the same way that I view pancakes as an all-Americana breakfast fantasy (remember, I'm a former expat), the vision of making them (from scratch and not the significantly more user-friendly box) was for quite a while equally fantastic and delusional. There is something about pancake batter that conjures up deep issues of femininity, haus frau and gender role expectations. In my head, I'm Nigella Lawson, in reality I'm frustrated and covered in flour. But my love for pampering my daughter's carb requests (I'm convinced everything she eats goes to her thick long hair), the smell of cornbread and the taste of apples and walnuts traditionally urges me to rise above my pancake insecurities and jump in there.
(Serves 8 pancakes)
2 cups combination of corn bread flour and unbleached all purpose baking flour 2 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons brown or date sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup organic milk
1 pinch of cinnamon
1 cup walnuts (soaked for 30 minutes in water)
1 small apple , chopped (Rome apples work best)
2 tablespoons salted butter
Sift the flours, baking powder , sugar and salt together. Fold in eggs and milk and mix until smooth.Sautea pples in 1Tbsp of butter (saute until whites of apples are a golden brown). Next take out out the apples with melted butter, combine soaked walnuts and apples in Cuisinart/blender (blend until lightly minced – do not blend until smooth). Add apple and walnut mixture to batter and mix. Add pinch(es) of cinnamon and mix again.Make pancakes in the apple pan, but add the second Tbsp of butter to make golden brown and add a salty sweet taste.
Oh, why the gratitude, you ask? The list in my house is incredibly long. Our motto is focusing on what is good to make it better and to appreciate the reality that it could be worst. Happy end of school year and Memorial Day.
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