It's a beautiful snow day here at the 'House.
Unlike yesterday when I was awake before dawn, today I woke to sunshine glittering all silver and blue over the snow.
(I say a prayer for teachers and students stuck overnight in schools for whom this storm holds no fun and zero beauty. Can you imagine?)
Here, winter days are cooking days.
In addition to soup and cupcakes, we had two kinds of pancakes yesterday.
One is a favorite of the grown-ups.
The other wins top honors with teens.
One is healthful; one is more like dessert.
This morning I am having one of each; the early bird gets choices.
Oatmeal Apple Pancakes
(recipe from my sister; I've no idea where she got it)
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup flour (a multi-purpose gluten-free flour works fine)
2 T. baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup nuts (pecans, walnuts, or almonds all are delicious)
3 apples, chopped very fine or grated
butter for the pan
Combine oatmeal and boiling water and let stand 5 minutes. Add egg, flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Mix. Stir in milk, melted butter, apples,and nuts. Spoon batter onto greased griddle; cook until bubbly and dry on edges.
(Because the batter is dense, it takes a lot longer for these to cook than your average pancake; be patient.) Flip and cook through. Delicious plain, but butter and maple syrup put these over the top!
( from the Sunny Point Cafe cookbook, Breakfast and Beyond by April Moon)
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 t. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
(or replace all these with 2 c. self-rising flour--one of the advantages of being a Southern cook.)
2 T. sugar
6 T. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 c. ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups milk
1 large egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
oil for brushing on griddle
Sift dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Whisk together butter, ricotta, milk, egg, vanilla, and nutmeg in a medium bowl.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the ricotta mixture. Stir together with a wooden spoon until just combined. Batter will be lumpy. Spoon 1/4 cup batter onto a greased griddle at medium-high heat. Once bubbles appear, turn the cakes and cook until lightly browned. Serve with syrup or berries.
(Delicious with chocolate chips and almonds!)
Enjoy your day! What's cooking at your house?