Sunday, September 25, 2011

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup milk
1/2 cup applesauce
1 apple, peeled and chopped
1 egg
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil or melted butter

Whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, sugar and baking powder in a medium sized bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, egg, applesauce and vegetable oil or melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Stir in the chopped apples. Don’t worry if it's still a little lumpy.

Let the batter sit for 10 minutes while you heat the skillet. Over low-medium heat melt a tablespoon of butter. Once the skillet is hot, add about 1/3 cup scoop of batter to the pan. Let cook until bubbles begin to form on the top surface and bottom is lightly browned. Carefully flip with a spatula and cook the second side until golden brown, a couple minutes more.

adapted from my Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Friday, September 23, 2011

Feta Chicken

Easy Feta Chicken Bake
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
2 Tbsp. lemon juice, divided
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 oz. crumbled feta
Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange chicken in 13x9-inch baking dish. Drizzle w/1 Tbsp lemon juice. Season w/salt & pepper. Top w/feta cheese; drizzle with remaining 1 Tbsp lemon juice. Bake 35-40 min. or until chicken is cooked through.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Avocado Quesadillas

Avocado Quesadillas
Makes 4 servings
Time: 10 minutes

2 avocados
4 teaspoons lemon or lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons butter
4 tortillas
1 cup grated white cheddar (Another cheese to try is mozzarella, whose stretchiness when melted is a great counterpoint to the creamy avocado. It’s on our list to try!)

Mash the avocados with the lemon or lime juice and the salt.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Lay the tortilla down and sprinkle the cheddar across the surface. Cook until the cheese is melted and the bottom of the tortilla is deeply golden. Quickly spread 1/4 of the avocado mixture across one half of the tortilla. Turn off the heat and fold the tortilla in half, pressing down so the melted cheese glues it together. Repeat for other tortillas.
Cut into wedges and serve immediately.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Granny's Burnt Caramel Cake

From Logan's grandmother Pauline's recipe book...

The recipe for Burnt Caramel Cake is:

2 1/2 cups brown sugar, separated
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup butter
2 eggs, separated
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup cold water
3 cups flour

Place 1/2 cup brown sugar in a pan on the stove until it smokes intensely and is quite dark. Then add 1/2 cup boiling water and cook until it forms a syrup, having 2/3 cup when done.

Beat 1 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2/3 cup butter together till it creams. Beat 2 egg yolks and whites separately. Add the yolks and 1 cup cold water, also the 'burnt' syrup to the batter mixture.

Sift the 3 cups flour six times. Add half to mixture, then beat. Add the other half lastly. Then add the stiffly beaten egg whites with one teaspoon vanilla, soda and baking powder.

This recipe makes a medium size cake. Bake in a hot over in layers or square tin.