I do love a good home-y breakfast on weekends. Hearty pancakes or french toast, some fruit, chai or a latte, good conversation or something to read – these are the simple pleasures in life! Up until recently, I used to just buy the boxed variety or *gasp* frozen boxed versions, but after some online clickety-clicks, I found some great easy-to-follow recipes that yield uh-maze-ing results. So throw out that boxed mix, chuck those hard frozen pancake discs, and indulge in fresh flavor!
This recipe from Allrecipes.com is my go-to recipe for pancakes. Feel free to mix it up by adding chocolate chips, fresh blueberries, flaxseed, etc. to the basic recipe for countless variations. I love to top mine off with fresh fruit and authentic maple syrup.
*The original recipe calls for 3 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder. After reading the reviews, it was unanimous that this is way too much for 1 1/2 cups of flour . I reduced the baking powder to just 1 1/2 teaspoons and the consistency and taste were just right. I also added a 1/2 teaspoon of bourbon vanilla extract (the real stuff, not imitation vanilla) for added flavor. Instead of using cooking spray (not a huge fan of these things), I used a tad more butter on the griddle to get that authentic buttery taste.
A large round soup ladle works well to spread the pancake batter on the griddle.
Grilling some soy sausage links as sides.
Golden brown cakes.
The finished masterpiece:
Cinnamon French Toast is also a great morning favorite. This is another easy to follow recipe from Yummy.com. Top this off with a dash of powdered sugar and some seasonal fruit and maple syrup, and voila, a treat for all the senses and a brunch favorite.
*When I have challah, I use that, but regular cinnamon bread works great for this recipe too. Cinnamon bread is a little thinner and it has raisins which give the French Toast great texture and flavor. Also 1 egg for every 2 slices seems to be good rule of thumb for the batter, if using cinnamon bread. The challah, because it is thicker, may require more (as mentioned in the recipe).
Using the griddle to toast up the French Toast.
A sprinkling of powdered sugar.
And the final presentation with sliced/chopped white nectarines and yellow peaches: