I'm hoping each and every one of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and now we find ourselves getting ready for the Christmas season. It all happens so quickly doesn't it? Hard to believe in a few short weeks we will be beginning a new year.
Doesn't it seem like this time of year food tastes better? Or is that just me? Oh heck, I don't know who I'm fooling, food always tastes good to me :)It also seems like breakfast this time of year tends to be more hardy and the fact that we have more overnight guests this time of year a recipe for some really yummy homemade pancakes seems in order. Not only do I have the best pancake recipe, but I have the best blueberry syrup recipe as well. It comes from Nigella Lawson's Nigella Express. Pick up a copy if you are looking for a great, new cookbook. It has lots of other good recipes too, but right now I'm concentrating on pancakes. Good old fashioned melt in your mouth buttery goodness and then combine that with the warm blueberry syrup. You will make anyone you love happy...trust me on this.
4 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar
Mix the above ingredients and then store in a jar until ready to use.
To make batter and the pancakes
To make the pancakes, for each 1 cup of pancake mix, add and whisk together
1 cup (I use whole) milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1. Heat a dry flat griddle or pan -- no need to oil it
2. Spoon 2 tablespoons of batter onto the hot griddle and when bubbles appear on the surface of the little pancakes, flip them over to make them golden brown on both sides. A minute or so a side.
Will make 15 pancakes of about 3 inches in diameter.
1/2 cup maple syrup (I use Trader Joe's Real Maple Syrup)
1 1/2 cups blueberries (fresh)
1. Put the syrup and blueberries into a pan and bring to a boil.
2. Let bubble for 8-10 minutes, and then pour into a pitcher and bring to the table with the pancakes.
Makes plenty for the above pancakes.
Now, if you're like me, you might be wondering who would make pancake mix? Trust me...these are just waaaaay better than the boxed kind. I don't know why, but they are. Hey, and don't think pancakes can only be made for breakfast...think dinner too. After a long day of Christmas shopping come home and take out your mix, scramble up some eggs and fry up a couple of sausage links and voila...a delish dinner!
Oh, and let me just say that this syrup is so, so good. Even if you don't make the pancake mix, you must, must I tell you, try the syrup. You will thank me for it.
So get busy and try these recipes soon and let me know how you like them. Also, let me know how this holiday season is treating you. I hope you're not letting it stress you out too much. Here's a few ideas to let the holidays be a blessing and not stressful.
Learn to say "NO". You don't have to do it all.
Not everything has to be perfect.
Take time to enjoy.
My next post I'll elaborate on these ideas a bit more. In the meantime give yourself a pass and put your feet up at least for a few minutes every day with a cup of tea or a cookie and enjoy the season.