Ith (ithildyn) wrote,


I pledged I'd stop being lazy and get back to cooking large batches to stock up the freezer. First up, I just put a 4lb chuck roast into the crockpot to turn into Carne Asada. It has peppers, chili powders, onions, garlic, and it will cook about 6 hours. Tomorrow, I'm making a big batch of macaroni and cheese to freeze in those foil loaf pans. Then I can just pull one from the freezer and pop in the oven.

But I began my cooking day by making a Lemon-Berry Puff Pancake. It was kinda like a lemon Yorkshire pudding. It was yummy!

Lemon-Berry Puff Pancake

3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) butter, melted
1/2 cup (2 ounces) Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
small pinch of nutmeg
1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (4 ounces) milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon lemon oil, optional
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) freshly squeezed lemon juice (juice of half a juicy lemon)
2 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) confectioners’ sugar

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Pour the melted butter into a 12" skillet with ovenproof handle, or a 10" square pan. Yes, the size of the pan matters. Too small, it’ll overflow. Too large, it won’t puff as high. Try to find a pan or ovenproof skillet whose square-inch cooking surface is about 100 square inches. (If you remember your math, you’ll say, "Hey, a 12" skillet should be about 113 square inches of surface area…" In reality, it’s slightly less, due to the sklllet’s sloping sides.)

Whisk together the flour, salt, nutmeg, sugar, milk, vanilla, lemon oil, and eggs till fairly smooth.

Pour the batter into the pan. Bake the pancake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until it’s very puffy and golden, with deeper brown patches. Remove it from the oven, and sprinkle with the lemon juice, then the sugar. Cut in squares, and serve immediately, garnished with fresh berries, if desired. Yield: 4 generous servings.

I used Blackberries and extra powdered sugar [g] And served it with apple wood smoked bacon. It was supposed to serve 4, but Nin and I finished it off all by ourselves!

Now, I'm waiting for the milk to cool to make this week's batch of yogurt. By the time I'm done cleaning the kitchen, it should be ready.
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