Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Mardi Gras - Pancake Tuesday

Happy Mardi Gras!
In this country we celebrate Mardi Gras with copious amounts of alcohol, spicy food, and delicious King Cake. While I love a good King Cake, I didn't want a whole cake in my house, tempting me every hour to take a bite. So I decided to celebrate today in a more dignified, British fashion - with pancakes! Pancakes are one of my favorite foods, so it's still a treat for me. Because I'm not much of a morning person, the thought of waking up extra early today to make pancakes for my family wasn't appealing to me. So today will be a "Breakfast for Dinner" day!
I'll be making my usual pancake recipe - which is a Martha Stewart Everyday Food recipe. (I always have to add extra flour - at least 1/4 to 1/2 cup more - to get it to a consistency I like.)

AND I'll also try a new recipe I saw in Runner's World this summer. It's a recipe by Cat Cora - who is an Iron Chef on Food Network's Iron Chef America (which I love to watch - so exciting!), and a runner. My husband likes healthy food, and he is trying to avoid too much refined flour and sugar, so I'm making these especially for him!

Walnut and Blueberry Bran Pancakes
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup instant oats
3/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour (or a blend of white and whole-wheat flours)
3/4 cup blueberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup oat flour or oat bran
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, beaten

Pour milk over oats and sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Lightly stir eggs into oats mixture. Add dry ingredients and honey, stirring until combined. When the batter is thoroughly mixed, stir in the blueberries and walnuts. Ladle batches of the batter onto a preheated greased or nonstick griddle or frying pan and cook until tops are bubbly and edges look cooked. Turn over and finish cooking the other side. Makes about 10 pancakes. Serves 4.

I'll update later tonight, or tomorrow morning with pictures!

The pancakes were delicious! The regular pancakes were again too thin with the recipe as is, so I added almost 3/4 cup more of flour. But once I adjusted the consistency, they were perfect! The Walnut and Blueberry Bran ones were surprisingly good. I expected them to be too healthy tasting! But the honey must have sweetened them well, and the fresh blueberries gave them a nice tangy taste. My husband and I both loved them - so they are a keeper! I couldn't find oat bran or oat flour in the grocery store, so I made oat flour by grinding regular oatmeal in the food processor. I also used a mix of whole wheat and white flour - equal quantities of both.

Pics: All 4 burners ready for cooking; Walnut blueberry batter; classic batter

Pics: Blueberry walnut pancakes cooking; regular pancakes - too thin!; heart shaped cookie cutter to make heart pancakes

Pics: Walnut Blueberry pancakes; classic pancakes (with heart shapes and snowmen)
Pics: The girls' plates - snowmen and hearts; the adult's plates
Bonus pic : my smallest sous chef - wearing my shoes and helping me clean!


Lili & Robin said...

Happy Mardi Gras! Those Cat Cora panCAKES actually look delicious!! Don't let abby eat all the pancakes.

Happy griddle-ing!


taste tester 1 said...

These pancakes were unbelievable! Ya'll missed out for sure. Happy Mardi Gras everyone!

svisokay said...

Paula - The Iron Woman pancake recipe looks great. I saved it in my recipe file. And I love the pictures of your beautiful daughters and handsome husband!

Stephanie Visokay