Dutch Baby Pancake

Summer is here again and we are in the middle of an extreme heat warning.  We had one a few weeks ago and then it cooled down into more normal temperatures and today the temperature spiked again. There was just some thunder and the night sky was lighting up.  Maybe a good storm with break the heat.

I haven’t had time lately for blogging.  Work has been insane and when I am not working I am trying to be outside in summer before it is over.

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A few weeks ago, when our local strawberries were in season we went strawberry picking and made a dutch baby pancake for Sunday morning breakfast/brunch.  It is easy to make, I use my Nutribullet to whip it up quickly, and fun to watch it bake as it puffs up and then falls.

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

3 large eggs

3/4 cup whole milk (you could use 2%)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a Nutribullet or blender, combine eggs, milk, flour, salt, vanilla, and 1/4 cup sugar. Blend until foamy, about 1 minute.

Most recipes call for a medium cast-iron or ovenproof nonstick skillet. I don’t have one, so I used a 9” non-stick cake pan. Just before I was ready to put the prepared batter in I put 2 tablespoons butter in the pan and put it in the over until the butter melted then I swirled it around to totally coat the pan and poured the batter right in. Pour batter into hot pan or skillet; bake until pancake is puffed and lightly browned, about 20 minutes.

Working quickly, dot pancake with 1 tablespoon butter, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon powdered sugar and a sprinkle of lemon juice. Slice into wedges, and serve immediately

After you take it out of the oven it will fall very quickly.

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We sprinkled with a light dusting with powdered sugar and topped with berries and whipped cream.  Sometimes we just do a little butter and a drizzle of maple syrup.  Either is delicious.

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I hope you give this recipe a try.  It is fun to watch and delicious too!

Snowballs and Tech Problems

Happy New Year’s Eve!  This post was intended for November 27th, didn’t happen.  I had computer and camera problems.  I have given  up on my laptop and I have a new camera.  December was crazy busy and I did cooking and baking along with a lot of other stuff but was so discouraged (ARG! blasted technology, that is why I like old school) I didn’t even try to post and was contemplating giving up on the blog.  However, I was inspired by a few bloggers that I follow and Evie keeps saying “can we blog this”.  Maybe 2014 will be a good blogging year for us. I hope so, but I will have to continue with the little steps.

Here is what was supposed to be posted on November 27th!..and we have had ALOT of snow since then.

November went by in a blur, I didn’t post anything.  I have been having both computer and camera problems which do not help because it takes forever hitting my head against a brick wall to even attempt to post.  This is why I dislike computers, I am not into tech anything. Anyway, I will leave that rant for another day since I am sitting here and it is working…slightly.

We did get snow.  This is what our back yard looked like one morning mid November and we got to make a snowman.

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We have been trying to make some Christmas cookies.  We got two batches made gingerbread cutouts (will try to post these later) and these snowballs.

Preheat oven to 375F.  Cream butter and sugar with vanilla.

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Chop nuts

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Add flour and nuts to butter mixture.

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Blend to form a mealy textured dough that will hold together when squeezed in your hand.  This was a little hard for small hands.

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Form this dough around a Hershey Kiss and make it into a ball.

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Place on cookie sheet and bake for about 12 minutes, until just starting to turn slightly golden.  Do not over bake or they will be dry.

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Cool completely.

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Once cooled (completely) to room temperature roll in powdered sugar. This part was good for small hands to do.

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These freeze well too.

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MMMMM so yummy!!

This is what they look like inside.

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Snowballs

1 Cup Butter

1/2 Cup sugar

1tsp vanilla

2 Cups flour

1 Cup chopped walnuts

24 Hershey Kisses

Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375F.  Beat butter, sugar and vanilla well.  Add flour and nuts, mix well.  Form dough around a hershey kiss and form into small balls.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes.  Cool completely.  Roll in powdered sugar.  Makes 24.