Sunday, June 22, 2008
Hi everyone! I know I said I would be posting on my blog over a week ago... let's just say I over-anticipated what I could get done before we left for our four day vacation to Orcas Island. Oh, but we had so much fun and I have pictures! I admit that it's a little strange to start a blog about your fixer-upper and the first thing you write about is taking a vacation, but please bear with me! We HAVE been working on our house~ I promise!~ but this first blog is about our trip to one of our favorite places to go as a family.
We stay in a rustic cabin on right on North Beach. The kids have so much fun digging in the sand and playing in the water! (It's a little rustic for me, but it doesn't really matter because we're just outside the whole time anyway.) It was so nice to take a break from our routine and relax a while!
We love eating at the Sunflower Cafe for breakfast, so one of the mornings we took the short drive to Eastsound. This time our girls ordered pancakes, and I just had to have a bite. They were thin like crepes, folded in half with powdered sugar sprinkled on top! They looked as good as they tasted! I asked for the recipe and the owners were kind enough to not only give it to me, but say I could share it with you! It is a family recipe, with just 5 ingredients. We just made them tonight, and they were delicious! There is a trick to them, though, and it took me a while to figure it out...at least I think I did anyway!
Sunflower Bavarian Pancakes
2 cups flour
1 pinch salt
1 large pinch of sugar (according to preference; I put
in about 4 tsp.)
1 tsp. cinnamon (I added this)
2 cups milk
vanilla extract ( I used one Tbsp.)
Mix the dry ingredients together, then add the milk, vanilla extract,
and eggs. Stir well, but don't over mix. The batter should not be
frothy. Using a flat- bottomed ladle or measuring cup, measure
approximately one-half cup and pour into a hot frying pan. Using the bottom of the measuring cup or ladle, carefully smooth out the
batter, flattening it out evenly.
Some quick tips: Use butter or non-stick cooking spray sparingly, and keep the heat down low. Because they cook quickly, keep watch and when the batter start to look less shiny around the edges~ the middle will still be shiny~ carefully flip to the other side. Remove from heat once it looses the shininess. They should not be browned, and you may wonder if they are done, but this is how they should look. This is the hard part, and I think it will just take practice. I am going to keep working on it until I do it how they served it! But, browned or not, they still taste great!
Well, I hope you all have a wonderful day!