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!

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Strawberries, Cream & Vanilla Cake

Fresh picked strawberries, vanilla cake and whipped cream and a layer of homemade freezer jam (made from the rest of the strawberries).  It was quick to make, perfect red and white for Canada Day, and delicious!

We whipped 2 cups of whipping cream with 1 tbsp caster sugar and about a tsp of vanilla, just enough to give a little flavour.  Slice a vanilla cake or vanilla sponge through the middle, spread a layer of good strawberry jam over the top of the bottom layer, then some sliced berries, a good layer of whipped cream.  Add the top layer and press down slightly, just until the filling starts to squish out the sides.  cover the top of more whipped cream and a few berries.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Super Fast Pie Crust (or Vegan & Gluten Free)

This recipe is really fast and easy and very good.  It is easily adapted to be vegan and/or gluten free.  Just swap out the butter for your favourite vegan spread (butter substitute) for gluten free you must make sure that the oats you use are gluten free, it must say that on the label, otherwise there is probably gluten in there.

For the crust:

1/3 cup butter (or margarine)

Rolled oats (grind these in a food processor) then measure to about 1& 1/4 cups

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

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Melt butter and stir into the rest of the ingredients.  Press into a 9″ pie plate and bake at 375F for about 10 minutes.  Let cool completely before filling.

We made a custard and strawberry pie.  You can make your own custard, but we were in a hurry so we used a canned variety.  Then top with strawberries, you can use any other fresh berry for this too.

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Our other pie we filled with butterscotch pudding and topped with whipped cream.  You can use any instant pudding for this as well.

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