Sunday, August 22, 2010

Buttermilk Pancakes

I seem to be on a pancake/breakfast streak, but really, you can't go wrong with that. Buttermilk pancakes are one of my favorite things in the world, but I absolutely detest pancakes that claim to be buttermilk, but don't taste like it. Don't get me wrong; there is nothing wrong with your everyday pancakes- still, they just aren't buttermilk pancakes unless you can taste it. This recipe is the best I've come across, and have been using it since I was 9 years old. Its fail proof. As a kid, I loved to add chocolate chips, and then pour outrageous amounts of chocolate syrup over the pancakes. The pancakes are great like that, plain, or with a couple handfuls of blueberries mixed in.

2 c flour
1 1/4 t baking powder
3/4 t baking powder
1 t salt

2 eggs
2 c buttermilk
1/4 c melted butter

Broiled Bananas

Broiled bananas, in my opinion, make one of the tastiest breakfasts in existence. The key is to get a chewy sort of texture out of the brown sugar that goes beautifully with the warm mushy banana. As a person who typically hates bananas, this one is a winner- you really can't lose with the banana-lemon juice combination. As well as a lovely breakfast, broiled bananas on top of vanilla ice cream can make a great dessert. Or you could just have it for breakfast...on ice cream.

slice crosswise and lengthwise (into 4 pieces): 3 medium ripe bananas
place in a lightly buttered baking dish

brush both sides of the banana with: 2 T lemon juice (FRESH FRESH FRESH!)

drizzle: 2 T butter
over bananas

2 t brown sugar
combine: 1/4 t cinnamon
1/8 t ground allspice
dash ground cloves

sprinkle over bananas

broil for 5 minutes about 5 inches away from heat- let brown lightly
serve hot

Age-Old Crepes

I've been using this crepe recipe since I was about 13. Its one of those "special occasion" recipes that everybody loves. I made it recently as requested by my little brother for his birthday breakfast. He loves his smothered in nutella and filled with strawberries, which really can't be beat. Also delicious is a little lemon juice sprinkled with powdered sugar.

makes 14-16 5-inchers

3/4 c flour
1/2 t salt
sift: 1 t baking powder
2 T powdered sugar

3 eggs
in a separate 2/3 c milk (more if needed)
bowl, beat: 1/3 c water
1/2 t vanilla

make a well in the dry ingredients and add the egg and milk mixture
whisk into an even consistency

fry in a heated greased pan until done