Candied Bacon

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This post comes with a stern warning:  These.  Are.  Addicting.

At first glance, this idea of candied bacon might sound a bit strange to some of you.  Those that shy away from salty and sweet things mixed together might initially reject this (as did my husband).  But once you eat it you will see that the concept of sweetening up salty bacon is rather genius.  And you must try it.

Not only does this recipe sweeten up the bacon, but also adds a smoky element from the chili powder.  It is a wonderful mix of salty, smoky and sweet.  None of the flavors are too bold.

I have made this candied bacon several times and each and every time notice the same exact thing:  we can’t stop eating it. There is something about them (probably the fact that it’s BACON) that pulls me back to grab another one. Again and again.  And the next thing you know, the entire batch is gone.

When serving these I prefer to cut each strip of bacon in half.  I think it makes them easier to eat and makes you feel like you are eating more than you actually are (something I strive for when eating bacon).  Also, they are best served warm, not hot.  Once they cool down a bit the flavor really comes forward.

These strips of candied bacon will be a permanent addition to the menu at every get together I have.  Yes, they are a wonderful finger food to serve with appetizers, however, I’m sure leftovers (but you won’t have any) would be wonderful crumbled in a salad or placed in a sandwich.

Here’s what you will need to make approximately 16 slices of bacon…

Recipe

16 slices thin cut bacon

1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Method

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Line 2 large baking trays with two layers of tin foil.  Lay a cookie cooling rack in each baking tray.

Trim bacon of any excessive fat (mostly on the ends).

Mix brown sugar, chili powder and cinnamon in a small baking dish or tray with sides.  One at a time, lay bacon slice in spice mixture, pat down and sprinkle spices all over each piece of bacon.  Lay bacon on cooling racks.

Bake for approximately 15 – 17 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow bacon to cool on racks.  During cooling time, move each piece of bacon slightly once (with tongs) so they don’t stick to the rack.

 

 

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Ingredients
  • 16 slices thin cut bacon
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line 2 large baking trays with two layers of tin foil.  Lay a cookie cooling rack in each baking tray.
  3. Trim bacon of any excessive fat (mostly on the ends).
  4. Mix brown sugar, chili powder and cinnamon in a small baking dish or tray with sides.  One at a time, lay bacon slice in spice mixture, pat down and sprinkle spices all over each piece of bacon.  Lay bacon on cooling racks.
  5. Bake for approximately 15 - 17 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow bacon to cool on racks.  During cooling time, move each piece of bacon slightly once (with tongs) so they don't stick to the rack.

Asian Marinade

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Or, as I like to call it, the marinade that will make you forget about all other marinades.  It’s that good.

This Asian Marinade has become my go-to marinade for pork chops.  Since we did a ton of grilling the past few months we ended up eating pork chops with this marinade at least once a week. And, until our grill is completely covered with snow, it will continue. So incredibly delicious. It works really well on chicken and steak too, but on the pork?  Home run. There are so many wonderful flavors going on; salty and spicy and even a touch of citrus from the orange zest. Everything blends together perfectly.

The only reason I don’t use this on steak much is because we are trying to cut back on red meat.  But when we do treat ourselves, this is definitely one of the marinades I whip up.  It is very easy to put together and really doesn’t require too many ingredients.  I usually allow the meat to marinate the entire day, preparing it in the morning and letting it penetrate the meat for about 8 hours.  There have been times when I was rushed and only had 2-3 hours for marinating and it was just as delicious.  Of course, it helps to have thinner cut meat.

The sambal oelek does give this a bit of a kick, so start with my suggested 1 teaspoon the first time you try this.  If you can handle the spice and want it spicier, you can always add a bit more (with caution!) the next time around.

Here’s what you will need to marinate 4 pork chops…

Recipe

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar

splash of toasted sesame oil (about 1/8 tsp)

1 tsp Sambal Oelek

zest of 1 small orange

1″ piece of ginger, peeled and grated

1 large garlic clove, grated

Method

Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine.  Pour over your favorite meat and marinate for at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours.

 

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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • splash of toasted sesame oil (about ⅛ tsp)
  • 1 tsp Sambal Oelek
  • zest of 1 small orange
  • 1" piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 large garlic clove, grated
Method
  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine. Pour over your favorite meat and marinate for at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours.

Strawberry Jam

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I am very into making jam lately.  Not the jam that requires all the sterilizing and sealing.  Although I would like to try that one day, that day is not today.  Or anytime soon.  It just seems rather daunting to me and alot of work.  I am all about  refrigerator jam, which basically means making a smaller batch and storing it in the refrigerator for up to a month instead of sterilizing and storing it on a shelf for longer periods of time.

This method of making jam is perfect for me.  First, I don’t want or need to make 15 jars of the same jam right now. Second, making smaller batches allows me the freedom to experiment with different fruits and spices and not be so committed to having a large quantity of one flavor in my pantry.

This is a basic, delicious strawberry jam recipe I have been going back to again and again.  I really love it.  It tastes fresh, bright and slightly sweet.  Most importantly, it truly tastes like strawberries!  It is sad to say many jams and jellies don’t actually taste like the fruit they are supposedly made from, instead tasting very processed and sugary.  Why is there so much sugar added?  I don’t think it needs it which is why I only put 3/4 of a cup in mine.  Let the fruit shine.

If you make this strawberry jam just store it in the fridge and consume it within 1 month.  Give one away to a good friend or family and keep the rest for yourself.  Trust me, you won’t have a problem finishing it all in time.  You will want to slather this on everything!

Here’s what you will need to make about 3 small jars…

Recipe

5 cups strawberries, washed, hulled and cut in half

3/4 cup sugar

2 Tbsp lemon juice, plus a few squeezes more

*2 teaspoons

Method

In a large non-reactive bowl add the strawberries, sugar and 2 Tbsp of lemon juice.  Mix to combine well.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Remove plastic wrap and stir strawberry mixture.  Transfer to a large non-reactive pot and place pot over a medium heat.  Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all the sugar has melted and mixture begins to foam.

Place 2 teaspoons in the freezer.

Increase the heat to high and bring to a rolling boil, stirring almost constantly until thick and shiny, approximately 15 minutes.  Once you notice the jam starting to thicken (about 10 minutes in) add a few squeezes of fresh lemon juice to the pot.  Literally, only about 6-8 drops.

Place a small drop of jam on the back of one of the spoons and place the spoon back into the freezer for about 30 seconds. Remove spoon and tilt it.  The jam should just barely move.  If the jam slides down off the spoon easily continue cooking the jam for a few more minutes and then test again.

Allow mixture to cool slightly.  With an immersion blender puree 1/2 of the mixture until smooth, leaving the remaining slightly chunky.  If you want your jam completely smooth with no chunks at all, puree it all.

Allow to cool completely and fill your jars!  Store in refrigerator for up to one month.

 

Strawberry Jam
 
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Ingredients
  • 5 cups strawberries, washed, hulled and cut in half
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice, plus a few squeezes more
  • *2 teaspoons
Method
  1. In a large non-reactive bowl add the strawberries, sugar and 2 Tbsp of lemon juice.  Mix to combine well.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Remove plastic wrap and stir strawberry mixture.  Transfer to a large non-reactive pot and place pot over a medium heat.  Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all the sugar has melted and mixture begins to foam.
  3. Place 2 teaspoons in the freezer.
  4. Increase the heat to high and bring to a rolling boil, stirring almost constantly until thick and shiny, approximately 15 minutes.  Once you notice the jam starting to thicken (about 10 minutes in) add a few squeezes of fresh lemon juice to the pot.  Literally, only about 6-8 drops.
  5. Place a small drop of jam on the back of one of the spoons and place the spoon back into the freezer for about 30 seconds. Remove spoon and tilt it.  The jam should just barely move.  If the jam slides down off the spoon easily continue cooking the jam for a few more minutes and then test again.
  6. Allow mixture to cool slightly.  With an immersion blender puree ½ of the mixture until smooth, leaving the remaining slightly chunky.  If you want your jam completely smooth with no chunks at all, puree it all.
  7. Allow to cool completely and fill your jars!  Store in refrigerator for up to one month.

Green Smoothie

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I have been making this green smoothie for years and it just finally occurred to me that I should post the recipe and share it with everyone.   I never thought to post a drink!

This smoothie is purely fruit, greens and water…no yogurt, no milk.  Therefore, it is not thick and creamy and, in my opinion, really can’t be classified as a meal replacement.  Maybe a light snack?  I just drink it to do my body good.  It is so unbelievably healthy I can hardly stand it. Every time I drink this I feel that I am doing something great for myself.  I think it is the quickest way to ingest a ton of greens and it ends up being quite refreshing.

I recommend using the most powerful blender you can get your hands on.  Mine blasts everything I put into it to smithereens.  I put the apple and pear in WITH the skin on and after blending there is not a trace of fruit skin or bits of leaves. If you are using a regular blender you might want to peel the fruit. However, you will be losing out on the benefits of eating the skin.  Another point to make, I am not “juicing” the fruit and greens, I am pulverizing them into a smooth liquid therefore retaining every ounce of nutrition and fiber. I told you this was healthy!

I have posted a recipe below but want to explain that this is just a base from which you can add or eliminate in many different ways.  This is a combination I came up with that I think tastes amazing.  And my two year old agrees.  But if you don’t have kale on hand, use swiss chard instead, or whatever is in your fridge.  If you don’t have a pear, don’t use it.  I have done that and it turns out just as delicious.  I do recommend always using the romaine and spinach as a great base though.  I promise, you will not even taste the spinach.  Putting in the few chunks of frozen pineapple really helps mask the “green” flavor.  Another trick is to drink this cold, over ice.

I usually make a full batch which makes enough for about 4 tall glasses.  If I don’t use it all immediately I store the remainder in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Give this one a try.  Your body will thank you.  And I bet you will like it!

Here’s what you need to serve 4, approximately….

Recipe

1 small head of romaine, roughly chopped

2 handfuls of spinach

3 large kale stalks, ribs removed

2 large mint leaves

2 1/2 – 3 cups coconut water (plain water is fine)

1 banana (preferably frozen)

1 apple, stems and pits removed, roughly chopped

1 pear, stems and pits removed, roughly chopped

1/2 of a large lemon, juiced

small handful of frozen pineapple chunks (4-5 small chunks)

small handful of ice cubes

*Optional Add-Ins: ground flax seed, chia seeds, cacoa nibs, 1/2 an avocado (will thicken the liquid slightly).

Method

In a powerful blender add the romaine, spinach, kale, mint leaves and coconut water (or whichever greens you choose). Blend on high until liquified.  Turn off the blender (obviously!) and add everything else.  Blend on high (or on the smoothie setting) until everything has completely turned to liquid.  I usually let it run for just under one minute.

Pour over ice and enjoy.

Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad

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This past winter was a long one.  Spring is finally here, everything is in bloom and the warm weather is rejuvenating.  I was happy to put away the winter jacket and gloves and rediscover my warmer weather clothes.  But as we know, with warm weather comes lighter, more revealing clothes.  And so comes the mild panic…soon we will all be in bathing suits!

In an effort to lighten up our meals around here I have been whipping up this ‘salad’.  I typically don’t make salads.  I really like them, but I find in order to make a good one you need alot of ingredients and it becomes alot of work.  And I hate washing and drying all the leaves.  That’s why this salad is perfect for me.  Very little washing and drying.  It is quick and super simple.  The only skill you need is to safely slice the kale leaves and sprouts super thin.  (They really need to be so very thin, so take your time with it).  Hopefully eating more of this healthy salad will help me feel a bit less panicked about getting into a swimsuit in a few weeks.

I usually make enough to have some leftovers, this holds up nicely for a day or two in the fridge.  I like to add it to a chicken or steak wrap I make for lunch the next day.

The lemon mustard dressing is a very thick one and gives this salad a great punch.  I don’t use alot of it on here, just enough to coat everything.  If you want it thinner just add some more olive oil.

Here’s what you will need to serve 2-3 people as a side dish…

Recipe

7-8 large brussel sprouts, trimmed, outer leaves discarded, sliced paper-thin

1 shallot, minced

1/2 small clove garlic, grated

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Method

In a small non stick skillet over low heat lightly toast sliced almonds.  Set aside.

Tear kale leaves from the center rib, discard rib. Stack leaves on top of one another, roll them up and slice very thin.  Separate leaves with your fingers and put in a medium bowl.

Trim ends off brussel sprouts and discard outer leaves.  Slice paper-thin.  I usually cut the sprout in half lengthwise, then slice each half widthwise.  Separate with your fingers and add to the bowl of kale.

In a separate bowl mix together the shallot, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and Dijon mustard. (It will be thick).

Five minutes before serving add the dressing to the kale and sprouts and mix really well.  Lastly, add the sliced almonds and mix gently just until evenly distributed.

Recipe adapted from various sources.

Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 7-8 large brussel sprouts, trimmed, outer leaves discarded, sliced paper-thin
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • ½ small clove garlic, grated
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds, toasted
Method
  1. In a small non stick skillet over low heat lightly toast sliced almonds.  Set aside.
  2. Tear kale leaves from the center rib, discard rib. Stack leaves on top of one another, roll them up and slice very thin.  Separate leaves with your fingers and put in a medium bowl.
  3. Trim ends off brussel sprouts and discard outer leaves.  Slice paper-thin.  I usually cut the sprout in half lengthwise, then slice each half widthwise.  Separate with your fingers and add to the bowl of kale.
  4. In a separate bowl mix together the shallot, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and Dijon mustard. (It will be thick).
  5. Five minutes before serving add the dressing to the kale and sprouts and mix really well. Lastly, add the sliced almonds and mix gently just until evenly distributed.

Baked Oatmeal

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I just realized this is my third ‘breakfast’ post in a row.  Seems I am on a breakfast kick lately.  I think there is something so comforting about having a hearty and warming breakfast on a cold, winter day.  Especially if it is snowing outside!

This baked oatmeal has become my absolute favorite way to prepare and eat oatmeal.  It is so easy to put together (no standing over a stove stirring!) and it tastes absolutely delicious.  I love how creamy it is and how the bananas sort of melt into the oats and give such a wonderful sweetness.  A natural sweetness. Aside from some maple syrup, there is no sugar added to this dish.  It is healthy and filling.

This recipe is husband and toddler approved!  My two year old always wants to eat this right out of my bowl.  After I realized how much she likes it, I now leave out the chopped walnuts, either omitting them completely (it still tastes great!) or toasting them separately and just sprinkling some over my own serving. (She is  not eating nuts yet). Sometimes instead of adding walnuts I will sprinkle wheat germ over the top of the dish before I bake it, as I did in this photo above.  Also, once each serving is put in the bowl I like to drizzle some extra maple syrup on top for a little indulgence.

The dish I use to bake this in (above) is small, about 7 inches square.  It is the perfect size for two people. I have doubled this recipe and used a larger baking dish so we could try having some leftovers and of course doubling the recipe just doubles the goodness.  However, I prefer this freshly baked.  The leftovers are fine (just add some water or milk and heat in the microwave) but not quite as amazing as eaten hot out of the oven.

To all you New Yorkers out there – I hear we are supposed to get a good amount of snow tomorrow. So, bake yourself some oatmeal and enjoy the beauty of the snow!

Here’s what you will need to serve 2 people…

Recipe

1 cup oats  (I use Scottish Style Porridge Oats)

1 cup blueberries

1 large banana, sliced thin

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

pinch of salt

1 tbsp pure maple syrup

1/3 cup of milk

handful of walnuts, chopped

wheat germ (optional)

flaxseed (optional)

maple syrup (for serving, optional)

Method

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Place the oats in a medium bowl and add very hot water, just enough to cover the oats.  Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.  The oats will absorb most of the water.

To the bowl of oats add the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, milk, maple syrup, bananas and blueberries (flaxseed if you are adding it).  I like to hold back a few blueberries and banana slices and place on top.  Sprinkle the walnuts over the top.

Lightly butter the bottom of a small baking dish (about 7 inches square) and put the oat mixture into the baking dish, smoothing the top and distributing the ingredients evenly.  Add the remaining blueberries and bananas on top.

Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until the edges are bubbling.

Recipe adapted from various sources.

Baked Oatmeal
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup oats (I use Scottish Style Porridge Oats)
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 large banana, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup of milk
  • handful of walnuts, chopped
  • wheat germ (optional)
  • flaxseed (optional)
  • maple syrup (for serving, optional)
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place the oats in a medium bowl and add very hot water, just enough to cover the oats. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. The oats will absorb most of the water.
  3. To the bowl of oats add the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, milk, maple syrup, bananas and blueberries (flaxseed if you are adding it). I like to hold back a few blueberries and banana slices and place on top. Sprinkle the walnuts over the top.
  4. Lightly butter the bottom of a small baking dish (about 7 inches square) and put the oat mixture into the baking dish, smoothing the top and distributing the ingredients evenly. Add the remaining blueberries and bananas on top.
  5. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until the edges are bubbling.

Skillet Apple Pancake

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I am finally back to trying some new recipes and blogging about them.  It turns out that moving, with a toddler around, is a tremendous undertaking.  We are finally somewhat settled and getting into a ‘new normal’.

A few weeks ago we went apple picking and came home with a big bag of delicious Jonagold apples.  My favorite apple is the Honeycrisp and was disappointed when I discovered they were already all picked and gone from the orchard.  I was told to try the Jonagolds, that they were very similar, if not better.  I was not disappointed, they were very good!

So what to do with all these apples??  I always wanted to try a large apple pancake.  I liked the idea of it, prepare everything and then just toss in the oven.  No flipping pancakes and keeping the first batch warm while making the next batches.  Also, the site of this apple pancake reminded me of a pie.  And who wouldn’t like a slice of pie for breakfast?

In my opinion, this apple pancake is a cross between a pancake and a pie.  The texture is not quite as light and fluffy as a pancake, but not as sweet and creamy as a pie.  Since it is not very sweet you don’t feel bad about having this for breakfast. Oh, and right out of the oven, this pancake is impressive.  It’s all puffed and golden.  It will deflate after a few minutes though, so serve this right out of the oven.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love regular pancakes.  But I think during the month of October every year, after apple picking, this will be my pancake of choice.

Here’s what you will need to make one 10 inch apple pancake…

Recipe

4 tbsp. unsalted butter

1/4 cup light brown sugar

2 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1/8 inch thick

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

5 large eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon, plus a pinch

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp salt

confectioners sugar, for serving

Method

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a 10 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and 3 tablespoons of the brown sugar.  Add the apple slices and the pinch of cinnamon and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, flour, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and the remaining tablespoon of sugar.  Pour batter slowly over the cooked apple mixture.  Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until golden brown, set in the center and puffed around the edges, about 15 – 20 minutes.  Dust with confectioners sugar and serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from various sources.

Skillet Apple Pancake
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced ⅛ inch thick
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp cinnamon, plus a pinch
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp salt confectioners sugar, for serving
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a 10 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and 3 tablespoons of the brown sugar. Add the apple slices and the pinch of cinnamon and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, flour, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and the remaining tablespoon of sugar. Pour batter slowly over the cooked apple mixture. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until golden brown, set in the center and puffed around the edges, about 15 - 20 minutes. Dust with confectioners sugar and serve immediately.
  3. Recipe adapted from various sources.

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

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Sometimes it takes a fair amount of motivation to prepare a delicious breakfast in the morning.  I mean, you just woke up.  You are still somewhat groggy.  Who feels like doing a lot of preparation to eat at that hour? (Thanks to Ava that hour for us is 5:30am).  So much easier to just pour yourself a bowl of cereal.  And that’s pretty much what we do around here.  A lot.

But these pancakes?  These pancakes…the thought of them actually help me get out of bed.  Yup.  They are that good.  And even though they are prepared from scratch, they are quick and easy.  And did I mention they were delicious?  And fluffy!  See how fluffy they are?

Although this recipe is for blueberry pancakes don’t be afraid to omit the blueberries if you don’t have them on hand.  The pancakes are just as delicious plain.

Here’s what you will need to make about 10-12 pancakes…

Recipe

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp sugar

1 cup fresh blueberries

2 cups buttermilk

2 large eggs

grated zest of 1 lemon

Method

Whisk together the  flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl.

In a small bowl toss the blueberries with 2 tbsp of the flour mixture and set aside.

Mix together the buttermilk, eggs and lemon zest.  Make a well in the center of the remaining flour mixture and add the buttermilk mixture.  Stir together until just combined, leaving some small lumps in the batter.  Fold in the blueberries.

Allow the mixture stand 10 minutes.  You will actually see the mixture ‘grow’ a little bit!

Heat up your griddle or skillet.  Once heated LOWER the flame to medium/low.  Coat with some butter and ladle 1/4 cup – 1/3 cup batter per pancake, depending on how big you like your pancakes.  When small bubbles appear across the surface of the pancakes flip them and continue to cook on the other side.

Serve with your favorite maple syrup.  Enjoy your morning!

Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
Method
  1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl toss the blueberries with 2 tbsp of the flour mixture and set aside.
  3. Mix together the buttermilk, eggs and lemon zest. Make a well in the center of the remaining flour mixture and add the buttermilk mixture. Stir together until just combined, leaving some small lumps in the batter. Fold in the blueberries.
  4. Allow the mixture stand 10 minutes. You will actually see the mixture 'grow' a little bit!
  5. Heat up your griddle or skillet. Once heated LOWER the flame to medium/low. Coat with some butter and ladle ¼ cup - ⅓ cup batter per pancake, depending on how big you like your pancakes. When small bubbles appear across the surface of the pancakes flip them and continue to cook on the other side.
  6. Serve with your favorite maple syrup. Enjoy your morning!