German Pancakes

You probably already have a German pancake recipe.  And no, I’m not going to give you any new spin on it. 

Truth is, this is your basic recipe for German pancakes but I thought I’d post it just. in. case….

You never know, there may be one person out there that has NEVER had German pancakes and doesn’t have a recipe for them either. 

This is my emergency go-to recipe for dinner.  Yes, I know it’s a breakfast food.

I’ve only made them for breakfast… once.  That’s right, one measly time! 

They’re perfectly acceptable for dinner, right? 

I say yes!

Next to spaghetti, this is the thing I most often go for when I haven’t been to the store and we’re in dire need. 

My kids LOVE it when we’re in need… they go ballistic whenever this is served. 

Weird.

 

German Pancakes

6 T. butter (not margarine)

6 eggs

1 c. milk

1 c. flour (whole wheat or white both work)

1/8 – 1/4 c. sugar (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 400*.  Cut butter into cubes and melt in 9×13 pan in the heated oven. 

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Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together until blended (you can also blend it in a blender). 

Once butter is melted, pour batter into the pan and let bake for about 20 minutes.  It will grow to gargantuan proportions.  Kids love to watch it grow!  But….

DO NOT BE FOOLED!!  When you first pull this out of the oven, you’ll think you could feed an army.  Not so, my friends, not so.  It shrivels up to almost nothing after a few minutes of being out of the oven.  I always have to make 2 pans of it to feed my family.  Serve hot with maple syrup.  Or you could make it more savory by omitting the sugar and adding cooked breakfast sausage, bell peppers, mushrooms… the possibilities are endless!!

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So easy, so yummy! 

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Perfect French Toast

Alright, I have found THE French Toast of all French Toasts… for real!  Yes, the recipe seems pretty ordinary at first glance but I am telling you, it isn’t.  Anthony wasn’t thrilled with the idea of having French Toast for breakfast during conference weekend but trust me, he was singin’ a different tune once he took a bite.  He said, “This isn’t how I remember French Toast.  This is really good!” 

Enough said…

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I adapted this from Alton Brown’s recipe.  Let’s make some, shall we?

  • 1 c. whole milk or half and half
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey, warmed in microwave for 20 seconds
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 8 slices of thick bread (I used 8 grain bread from Costco, LOVE that stuff)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk together all ingredients (minus the bread).  Pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside.

Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for several seconds on each side.  Set on cooling rack set up over a baking sheet.  Allow to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

Cook over medium-low heat in non-stick pan or use a flat griddle set to 350 degrees (Allow to heat up to temp before cooking).  Cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan or griddle and place on a baking sheet.  Bake for 5 minutes. Serve immediately with maple syrup, powdered sugar, jam, fruit or whatever else you may desire. 

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“And in the mornin’, I’m makin’ waffles!”

That’s what Donkey says to Shrek when he decides to make himself at home in Shrek’s swamp….. in case you were wondering about the title. 

And now I have a confession.  I have never, ever, in my entire life, made these waffles. 

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I have, however, eaten them many, many, many times and I am in love with them.  Someone that lives with me makes them every Saturday morning.  Can you guess who? 

No, it’s not Anthony.  He makes the bacon to go with these waffles.  I have a phobia of making bacon.  It always splatters at me and I want to cry.  So, I finally told Anthony that if he wants bacon, he’ll have to make it himself! 

I’m so glad he wants bacon… because I want it too.  I just don’t want to make it.  Plus, he’s got it down!  He makes perfect bacon!

Back to the waffles… it’s K that makes them. 

She loves making waffles and pancakes.  But she didn’t master the art of pancake making until just recently.  Waffles were the first step and she’s got it down to a science.  Boy am I glad she likes making waffles because I sure enjoy eating them… along with the bacon.  Smother the waffles in pure maple syrup and it’s heaven! 

I admit, I was skeptical of the whole wheat thing at first but truly, they are very good.  

This recipe comes from a book I got when I bought my K-Tec Blender so I don’t really know what to call it.  The K-Tec Blender Cookbook?  So if you want to blend up the batter, be my guest.  K just makes it old fashioned style…. a big ol’ bowl.  She always triples the recipe for our family though.  Below is a single batch.

Whole Wheat Waffles

3/4 c. milk

1 egg

1 T. oil

1 c. whole wheat flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 T. sugar

Mix all ingredients together and VOILA!  Make waffles. 

 

 

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