No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?
With kids of all different ages and a busy household, family time is precious to us. One way we gather everyone together on a regular basis is with a breakfast of Puffed Pancakes. In our house, we just say the word “puffs” on a Saturday morning and everyone comes running! “Puffs” (as we affectionately call them) are puffed pancakes (a.k.a. Dutch Babies) topped with fresh squeezed lemon and powdered sugar. YUM! We’ve been making Puffs for over a decade. They are simple to make and everyone loves them. Best of all, Puffs are a frequent reminder of special times together.
Butter: 1/3 cup
Milk & Flour: 1 cup each
Vanilla: 1 tsp.
Put butter in 3-4 qt. pan and set in 425 degree oven.
Mix batter as quickly as butter melts.
Put eggs in a blender and blend at high speed for 1 minute.
While motor is running, gradually pour in milk, the slowly add the flour; continue blending for about 30 seconds. Add a teaspoon or more of vanilla.
Remove pan from oven and pour batter into hot melted butter. Bake until puffed, about 20 minutes.
Garnish with fresh squeezed lemon and powdered sugar.
Here are a couple of nifty gadgets from Williams-Sonoma you could easily use to start a new breakfast tradition:
Stack & Fill Pancake Molds
Creating stacks of small, medium and large custom-filled flapjacks is fun and easy with our kid-friendly steel molds. When stacked, the pancakes’ hollow centers create a deep well that can be filled with whatever you choose – from favorite syrups and jams to pecan pralines. The molds’ nonstick finish ensures easy release and cleanup, and the handles fold for storage. Hand-wash. 4 1/4″ to 6 1/2″ diam. Set of three, one of each size. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive.
Ebelskiver Filled-Pancake Pan
Light, puffy pancakes known as ebelskiver are an adored treat in Denmark. Now you can make them at home with this NordicWare pan crafted with seven deep wells for shaping the batter into the traditional ball shape. The heavy cast-aluminum pan heats evenly, and a nonstick coating assures clean release. Served for breakfast, as hors d’oeuvres or as a light supper, ebelskiver can be filled with fruit, jam, cheese, chocolate or meats. Serve the sweet variety with a traditional dusting of powdered sugar. Recipes included. Makes seven pancakes. 9 1/2″ diam.