Sunday, March 28, 2010

Buttermilk Pancakes

I posted this recipe on The Thrifty Garden/Home and want to include these delicious pancakes in our recipe collection.  Here is a link on making and keeping your own never ending supply of buttermilk
Best Buttermilk Pancakes

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon aluminum free baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
1 large egg
1-1/2 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons melted butter

In a large bowl combine dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl mix the buttermilk and egg ... slowly whisk in the melted butter.

Cook on a lightly oiled hot griddle (med-high heat- use a little butter or 1/2 tsp bacon drippings if you make bacon).  Test the griddle with a drop or two of water ... it should sizzle/dance.  Using a 1/2 cup ladle, spoon the batter in rounds on the griddle.  Cook until they just start to bubble and are a tiny bit dry around the  edge.  Flip and cook on other side.  Keep warm in preheated oven until all pancakes have been cooked.  Serve with maple syrup. Makes about 8-9 6-inch pancakes.  This recipe can be easily doubled.

I purchased a buttermilk starter, using half of the package .. and saving the other half for an emergency (should I forget to make a new batch or should I somehow botch my batch;).  You could use a buttermilk culture from the store as well ... some of these have additives in them ... but they will work as long as they have a live culture.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Amish Breakfast Bars

I got this recipe from a friend. It is a great alternative for breakfast on the go or to replace expensive granola bars. They are not very sweet but the health benefits are worth less sugars and fats.

Amish Recipe Bars

1 cup whole wheat flour
2 and 1/2 c. whole oats
3 Tbsp. raw sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
3 Tbsp. raw sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 banana's mashed
1 egg
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup milk
3 Tbsp. oil
4 cup raisins/walnuts...I used, 1 c. raisins, 1 cup dates and 2 cups walnuts.

Mix all ingredients (adjust to taste; you can add 1/2 tsp. salt if desired).
Drop approximately 1/4 cup full of mix per bar onto greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

I think, I'm going to try using craisins instead of dates and add a teaspoon of cinnamon, to my next batch. I love, tweaking recipes to suit our taste!
Hmmm...maybe even pineapple. What do you think?

p.s. I used cinnamon and now add it to every batch.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bread Machine?

OK, all you great bakers out there, I need your opinion!
If you have ever used a bread machine do you prefer it over the old fashioned way of making bread by hand?
Does it handle all types of recipes?  I often like a round loaf of bread like the crusty sour dough types.
I don't have one, and don't necessarily want to invest the money if it doesn't get that many rave reviews. 
Pro's and Con's PLEASE!

Monday, March 01, 2010

Roasted Chicken with Pumpkin

I found this interesing recipe on the web and tried it too.
Want to share it here.
You can use the orfinary pumpkin like I did.