Weekend Tradition: Puff Pancakes

Weekend Tradition: Puff Pancakes

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?

–Elbert Hubbard

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.

Puff Pancakes

Butter: 1/3 cup
Eggs: 4
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:

Weekend Tradition: Puff Pancakes

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.

Weekend Tradition: Puff Pancakes

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.

Top image: House To Home (originally from Ideal Home 2005
Products: Williams Sonoma

Sweet Escape: Stunning Rooms

Sweet Escape: Stunning Rooms

Let’s take a peek at some stunning rooms, shall we? After a few weeks of feasting on tasty food that went straight to my hips and pondering food for thought, I thought I’d induldge in another of my loves, a feast for the eyes! Yeah, there’s a theme here. My friend over at Things That Inspire featured a virtual Dream Home to kick off the new year and define her taste at this point in time. It was very fun and she has great taste, go check it out! I might try to put together my dream house next week when my brain returns from vacation.

Meanwhile, I am going to get myself back into my design phase of blogging (oh, yeah, that!) by gawking at some lovely & jaw dropping rooms. Just for a fun escape from all of my holiday boxes now strewn all over the house (and to keep the feasting going)! Enjoy some beauty, just don’t drool on the keyboard. That is so messy.

Sweet Escape: Stunning Rooms
Sweet Escape: Stunning Rooms
Sweet Escape: Stunning Rooms
Sweet Escape: Stunning Rooms
Sweet Escape: Stunning Rooms
Sweet Escape: Stunning Rooms
Sweet Escape: Stunning Rooms
Sweet Escape: Stunning Rooms
Speaking of Dream Homes, did you know you enter can win one? Yep, it would be quite a dreamy place to live! Go to HGTV for details! Contest is on now so don’t miss out! This is really generous of me to share this because I am limiting my own chances of winning.
All of these photos are from Architectural Digest
Designers Alexa Hamilton (green room, plaid dining room, golden living room & entry), Mario Buatta (pink bedroom), Victoria Hagan (top kitchen), Countess Angelika Bolza (bottom bedroom), top image dining room of the Palazzo Pucci, Italy, Mariette Himes Gomez (bottom kitchen).
Sweet Escape: Stunning Rooms
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