Monday, January 16, 2012
I should preface this by saying that cereal does not count as breakfast in our house. If you were a fly on the wall here the other morning, you would have heard this exchange:
Me to the kids, "No, you can't have cereal right now; we're about to eat breakfast." My husband says, "When I was growing up, cereal was breakfast!"
I guess that explains things a bit. Growing up, cereal was an after-school snack. My mom's breakfast repertoire included "toaster pizza"--sauce and mozzarella on bread, broiled in the toaster oven--eggs-in-a-nest, or chipped beef on toast.
Most mornings nowadays start with fresh eggs, and include mix-ins such as onions, mushrooms, spinach and cheese. I eat mine with greens and dressing, while Drummer Man and children enjoy bagels. Sometimes we throw on some salsa and wrap 'em up--instant breakfast burrito!
We generally bust out waffles on Sundays--the latest was a bacon-cheddar with apple-brandy compote--and we make pancakes at least once a week.
I got a little carried away the other day and made cottage cheese-apple pancakes. We topped them with an apple compote, yogurt and caramel sauce. We have found the perfect pancake recipe, if I do say so myself, that lends itself well to add-ins. Try it and let me know what you come up with!
Basic Pretty-Perfect Pancakes
(add ins for cottage cheese pancakes are in parenthesis)
1.5 cups flour (all purpose,with 1/4 cup wheat)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp cane sugar
3 tbsp canola oil
1.5 cups milk (this is where I mix in/sub other liquids/dairy. Here used 3/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1/4 cup yogurt, any flavor or plain)
1 tsp vanilla
spices (cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, etc.)
You can also add in sliced banana, chopped bacon, nuts, or 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin, banana or grated cheese! Play with your food:)
Sift together dry ingredients.
Mix eggs, milk and oil until fluffy. Add in vanilla.
Mix dry into wet ingredients.
Cook on griddle until done.
Top with apple compote, or other fruit sauce of choice, whipped cream, syrup, honey or yogurt!