I know I’m getting better at cooking when my significant other says, “This relationship is worth it for this meal alone.” He’s a bona fide champ for downing (with a toothy grin) other meals that didn’t go quite as well!
This was my first crack at making pancakes from scratch. Usually, I get the boxed pancake/waffle mix. Or, I don’t make pancakes at all, because I’m more of a waffle person. This turned out to be a serendipitous treat! Anyway, the recipe below makes about six servings.
Blueberry-Pecan-Cinnamon-Vanilla Pancakes and Roasted Garlic-Basil-Onion-Potatoes
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 tbsp. white sugar
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp. melted butter
- 2 medium white potatoes
- 4 tbsp. roughly chopped basil
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. sage
- 1/2 tsp. thyme
- I liked having the potatoes on a slice of toasted Jewish Rye bread, but they’re good on their own, too!
(I made the potatoes first, and while they were baking in the oven, I focused on the pancakes.)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Wash potatoes, then chop them into 1 in. chunks (I left the skin on)
- Toss everything except the basil in olive oil.
- Lay the mix on a sheet pan (if you like them crispy) or in a glass casserole dish (if you like them soft and mushy).
- Bake for ~45 minutes.
- After you take them out, toss in the basil and season to taste. (Hot sauce tastes great with these!)
- Sift all of the dry ingredients together (flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, sugar).
- Stir in the milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Add additional milk if you want a runnier batter.
- Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Use ~1/4 cup of batter per pancake. Make sure the batter is spread thinly on the griddle. They puff up. Alot.
- Put a few pecan chunks and the blueberries on the top of the pancake right after you lay it on the griddle.
- When air bubbles start to come out of the edges, flip the pancake. (The first pancake is always a goner; either the flip goes wrong or it gets burnt or the middle is still doughy…)
- Brown on both sides and serve with maple syrup!