Monday, January 07, 2008

Lunchtime Craving: Puffed Oven Pancake*

There was a family with two girls my sisters and I swam with when we were young. When we would have sleepovers their mom would make what she called German Pancake. This puffed-on-the-sides, eggy yet firm bottom, sprinkled with powdered sugar and drizzled with maple syrup was...YUM.

I would often think longingly of this breakfast treat until the day I discovered Betty Crocker had a recipe for a "Puffed Oven Pancake" that was almost exactly as I remembered Mrs. Fox's German Pancake.

At work this morning I was struck with an overwhelming craving for the non-sweet pancake mixed with the sweetness of the sugar and syrup. Rather than eat the lunch that I'd brought with me to work, I headed home to make this instead.


My intended lunch will work just fine for dinner.

Puffed Oven Pancake*
2 Tb Butter
2 Eggs
1/2 c Flour
1/2 C Milk
1/4 tsp Salt
Round cake or pie pan

Preheat oven to 425 F. Place butter in pan and into oven for 4 minutes, or until melted and bubbling. In the meantime, for the batter, combine eggs, flower, milk & salt and beat until well combined. Remove pan with melted butter from oven and pour batter into the pan. Return the pan to the oven and bake for approximately 17-20 minutes, or until sides are puffed high and a light golden brown. Pancake will deflate some upon removal from the oven, so sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately with syrup. Fresh or pureed berries would also be delicious in place of the syrup.

Serves 2-3 (or 1 depending on how generous you are willing to be!) for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Or whenever the craving strikes you.

* To Whom it May Concern: This recipe was adapted from Betty Crocker's online recipe for "Mediterranean Oven Pancake" which contained the basic recipe for Puffed Oven Pancake (sans Mediterranean vegetables). At this time I cannot verify whether this is the same exact recipe I've made since I rediscovered this childhood favorite, as my 10+ year old copy of Betty Crocker's cookbook is packed away in a box and the latest edition does not have this recipe. (For shame!) Yours truly, with no plagiarism motives, Kelly R.S.


TheWinnFamily said...

YUM, I want one!

Abby... the Oregonian said...

ethan and max will go nuts for this. i am going to try it this weekend. although owen will likely have nothing to do with it. can you believe he doesn't like bread, pancakes, fr. toast, etc... skies tomorrow said...

WOW - I can't believe you made this in our kitchen! I want one

b said...

Looks SO good. I remember us making this when we were kids--how we thought it was 'magic--it gets so puffy and big and beautiful. So gourmet looking!

b said...

P.S. Uhm, I don't see any credit being given here to the Better Homes and Garden cookbook, or whoever originally put these 5 ingredients together in exactly this manner. Don't you read the news? Heard of Jessica Seinfeld?

Actually, come to think of it, the P.O.P. is actually very similar in taste and texture (minus the vanilla beans) to a Clafoutis (as in Cherry Clafoutis. may be not quite as egg-ie.)

b said...

PSS. Mentioning the fictitional Betty in narrative does not count.

Kellyry said...

Ab--Owen is crazy! There's clearly no hope for him. I say you just put him out in the cold to freeze like the Inuit do with their elderly who are beyond help.

B--See asterisked amendment to post. ;-)

Kim said...

There is a special restaurant in the northwest that Darren's family took me to to have one of these - I must make them!! Thanks for including the recipe!