Showing posts with label pancakes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pancakes. Show all posts

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Magazine Monday: Corn Griddle Cakes W/ Sausage And Orange Honey Butter

I don't know about you, but whenever I receive one of my food magazines in the mail I flip through it, dog ear some pages and toss it in a drawer never to be utilized. What a waste! Huh?

Well not this month dear readers. I have already made two recipes from February's issue of Bon Appetit and both have been amazing. The first, The Fried Chicken recipe featured on the cover, I will not expound on much here because it is a savory recipe (and I actually didn't make it, my husband did), but I will say it was the best fried chicken I have ever had and you are dumb if you don't try it. Recipe here.

The other is a Southern dish I made for breakfast on Monday: Corn Griddle Cakes W/ Sausage And Orange Honey Butter.

If you are a savory-sweet fan this recipe is for you. Though the unique mix of sausage and chives with the sweet taste of corn and honey might alarm you, the flavor is as comforting and smooth as a southern drawl. Definitely worth your time and calories.

So shuffle through you drawer of old magazines or click this link and try it out for yourself.

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Sticky Christmas: Sticky Toffee Cheesecake & Sticky Toffee Sour Cream Pancakes

There's something about Sticky Toffee Pudding that makes me want to watch this scene over and over again...

shout Cheerio and watch 7 straight hours of EPL soccer with a Santa hat on.

But since I made Sticky Toffee Pudding last year around the Holidays, I wanted to try a twist on the British classic. Make that two twists: Sticky Toffee Cheesecake and Sticky Toffee Sour Cream Pancakes.

The great thing about these two recipes is that a lot of ingredients you use for the first (including the Bourbon Caramel sauce), you can use in the second. Less waste and more deliciousness= a win, win. 

Both are pretty sweet, but tis the season eh? The cheesecake is rich, full and warm with a little bit of bite from the gingersnap crust. The Sour Cream Pancakes are super moist and delightfully satisfying on a cold winter morning. Not to mention, the Bourbon Caramel Sauce that goes on top of both is through-the-roof. 

Please enjoy one if not both this Holiday Season.

Sticky Toffee Cheesecake
Makes one 9-inch cheesecake
adapted from spicy ice cream



• 1 x 250g packets gingersnap biscuits 
• 125g butter, melted 
• 2 x 250g packets cream cheese at room temp 
• 200ml sour cream 
• 100g brown sugar 
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
• 2 eggs at room temp

Sticky Date Mixture 

• Melted butter, to grease 
• 1 cup chopped de-seeded medjool dates 
• 1/3 cup bourbon 
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 

Bourbon Caramel Sauce 

• 1 cup pouring cream 
• 60g butter, chopped 
• 1 cup brown sugar 
• 2 tablespoons bourbon 
• Big pinch sea salt 

1. Brush a 9 inch spring-form pan with melted butter to lightly grease. 

2. Place the biscuits in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely crushed. Add the butter and process until combined. Transfer to the prepared pan and press firmly over the base. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill. 

3. Place the dates and bourbon in a saucepan over low heat and simmer until liquid is absorbed. Place into a food processor with 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and pulse until it becomes a smooth mixture. Set aside. 

4. Preheat oven to 320°F. 

5. Place the cream cheese, sour cream and brown sugar in the bowl of stand mixer and mix until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined. 

5. Pour half the cream cheese mixture onto the prepared biscuit base, then spoon in the sticky date filling. Swirl with a skewer and then pour the remaining cream cheese mixture on top. 

6. Bake for about 40min - 1 hour or until just set. Turn oven off and cool inside with the door ajar, for 1 hour. Place in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight to chill. 

7. To make bourbon caramel sauce, place the cream, butter, sugar, bourbon and sea salt in a saucepan over low heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to high, bring to the boil and cook for 5-7 minutes or until thickened. Set aside and allow to cool.

8. Serve with caramel sauce on top. Save the rest of the caramel in the fridge for the pancakes. Reheat the sauce before serving.

Sticky Toffee Sour Cream Pancakes
Makes 8-10 pancakes
adapted from The Pioneer Woman Cooks


  • 7 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chopped Medjool dates to taste, about 1 cup
  • Butter
  • Caramel Bourbon Sauce from recipe above

1. Heat a cast iron skillet or griddle over medium-low heat; you want it to slowly get nice and hot.

2. Stir the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together in the bottom of a medium bowl. Dump the sour cream in on top and stir it together very gently; it’s okay to leave the texture a bit uneven. Whisk the eggs and vanilla in a separate bowl and stir them into the sour cream mixture until just combined. Add in the chopped dates to your liking and fold to incorporate, once again, being careful not to over-mix. 

3. Melt about a tablespoon of butter in your skillet or griddle and pour the batter in, a scant 1/4 cup at a time. Cook for about 2 minutes on the first side, or until bubbles appear all over the surface, flipping them carefully and cooking for about a minute on the other side. Repeat with remaining batter.

4. Serve in a stack, topped with the Caramel Borubon sauce. No need for syrup, really.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Pancakes, Cheetahs and Eggs, Oh My!

I knew that title would catch your attention and I bet you didn't know those are a few of my favorite things. In fact, if I could wrap them up in brown paper packaging and tie them up with string, I totally would. But you try and wrap a cheetah and let me know how it goes.

Anyways, there is a method to my madness and it is such.... I have had two amazing pancakes since I've last posted, I have visited the Academy of Sciences and also have made lovely baked eggs for breakfast.

Let's start with the pancakes. So my parents came to visit my husband and I a couple weekends back, besides being a total blast it was also a great opportunity to try out Mission Beach Cafe for brunch, a spot that usually deters me by the size of its wait list, however when you are making a day of it with your parents the wait seems totally worth it.

Good news, this time was there was no line! On a Saturday, at like 10AM! The better news was how amazing the pancakes were. So light, yet substantial with delicious bourbon syrup and vanilla creme on top. Mmmmm, to die for! I highly recommend getting them. There are pancakes and then there are PANCAKES, these were PANCAKES. You know what I mean ;)

On to cheetahs. I love them. They are fast, strategic, vicious and beautiful (kind of like someone I know:)and no animal can beat them in an awesome contest. However, the one I saw at the Academy of Sciences was not fast because it was dead and stuffed. Still beautiful though, as was the rest of the Academy. My family and I had a great time messing around there for an hour or so and even got to eat Space Ice Cream! I had been craving that stuff ever since I had it in Washington D.C. in one of the museums on my fifth grade field trip. It was glorious. 

Back to pancakes again. You thought eggs would be next didn't you. Well maybe you should work on being less presumptuous. 

Like I said, back to pancakes. So I made some really amazing oatmeal currant orange pancakes the other weekend. You should try them. Basically you just add some orange zest, cinnamon and currants to your favorite oatmeal pancake recipe, and whallah! instant yumminess.

Now for some protein. Like I mentioned earlier, I love eggs. 

Especially runny yolk eggs. In fact, to loosely quote Portlandia, this is my motto for eating, "Put-an-*egg-on-it!" This egg in particuar is a good egg, unlike Veruca Salt, and fairly simple to make. In fact, the recipe is right here. The only things I changed were to sprinkle some thyme on top and reduce the cooking time to 18 or so minutes to maintain a runny yolk.

So there you go. A method to my madness but still a random post nonetheless. If you remember anything from it, remember this... do not try to wrap a cheetah.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

My New Years Resolution: Eat More Pancakes, Spend Less Time Blogging

Happy New Year! Don't you just love new beginnings? I do! I feel fresh, ready for adventure and the freedom and motivation to begin something new. 

However, despite my love for new beginnings, I tend not to make New Years resolutions, not because I don't like them, but because the Holidays are so busy that I simply don't have the time to think that hard about what I really want to begin, change, improve, etc. That's why I quickly scrambled and came up with my first resolution that has no rhyme or reason behind it, EAT MORE PANCAKES!

Which is just what I did January 1st. Josh and I went to Hash House A-Go-Go in San diego and I gorged myself on a Banana Brown Sugar Pancakes the size of Montana. See evidence below...

It's funny, because when I say gorged I mean I ate about a 1/4 of the thing, which, trust me, still counts as gorging. It was absolutely delicious though, I highly recommend stopping by if you're in the San Diego area. 

My second New Years resolution is a little more serious, and took a little more thought and prayer then the first, which is why I didn't come up with it till the 3rd of January, blog less.

Now if you follow my blog, you might be wondering why this is the case, because it appears as though I don't blog that often. And you are right, I don't. But it still takes a significant amount of time to format it right, come up with the content, proof read the content and type out word for word recipes; time I want to spend on more important things and more important people.

Exhibit 1: Jesus Christ

(I realize He probably didn't look like this, but it was the best Google image search had to offer.)

I have come to the conclusion that I need to take some things out of my schedule in order to make more time for the person who should take number one precedent in my life, Jesus. Simply put, the time I spend blogging = less time to be in the Word, be in prayer and simply enjoy Him. And that's simply one equation I don't want to get wrong.

Exhibit 2: My Husband

Isn't he cute? So Josh and I will be moving to San Francisco soon and our schedule is going to be getting much crazier then it is now. So when I come home from a long day, I want to make sure he gets good time with me and my full attention
instead of me telling him to shut his mouth, because I am writing or being short with him because stupid blogger won't format right.

Therefore, from now on, my blog will only contain pictures of my yummy creation, references on where to find the recipes and short captions (oh, also larger fonts and pictures to make up for the lack of content:) At least this will be the case for this season of life, who knows what the future will hold.

So I hope you are not mad; I still love all my faithful readers! I just love Jesus and my husband more. And if you are dying for a recipe, shoot me an email and Ill send it to you. It's a lot easier to do in email then on this frustrating platform, trust me.

Happy New Beginnings!

Sweet Lady Sass

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

In a nut shell, I hate to waste food but I also hate to keep food I know will just sit in the fridge and end up looking like this...

So naturally I was hesitant to buy a container of ricotta cheese, which I needed just a little of for a dinner recipe, because I knew it would kill me to throw it out but it would also kill me to keep it. 

Luckily I came across 2 other recipes I could use the ricotta cheese in; one of which I can not write about, although it was delicious, because crustless quiche is savory and not sweet and sassy and one of which I will chronicle here... Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. 

These aren't your average pancakes, although the may appear as such. They actually remind me a little of brioche since they are denser than a regular pancake. However, ricotta cheese is actually quite light and the refreshing citrus taste of the lemon zest lightens the whole dish and makes it a very enjoyable breakfast. Even my husband liked them, and he usually doesn't like pancakes, unless I make them with bacon in the batter of course. 

So take a chance on a container of ricotta. I'll even give you some recipe suggestions so your not stuck with a self-contained ecosystem of cheese and mold.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Shall We Feast??!!! continued...

That's right, as promised by my post last month, I visited IHOP in order to try their new Holiday Pancakes. Accompanied by my best friend, who seems to be at my side for every bizarre and indulgent culinary adventure, we decided to take on the Gingerbread and Pecan Pie flavored pancakes.

If you recall from part 1 of this post, I mentioned that IHOP holds a dear place in my heart because of all the childhood and family memories I have created at the crossroads of international breakfast cuisine. Memories that are so strong that when their sweet aroma is laced with their pancakes my judgment is clouded and I am not able to tell how tasty their flapjacks actually are.

However, this past Saturday morning I came in with the intention to see through the fog of sentimentalized memories and really focus on the flavor of the food. The results aren't surprising... although the pancakes weren't amazing, they were still pretty good (can any pancakes be bad?), but what made the experience so worth it was going with my friend Allyse who is sweeter than any flavor of syrup IHOP has to offer (yes even Butter Rum). There is something about sharing mediocre pancakes flavored like Holiday cookies and pies with your best friend while wearing your best Holiday sweater that brings a huge smile to to your face, see for yourself!

And look... we didn't do too bad on the pancake either! Notice how I ate only the top of the gingerbread one since that was the only part that rubbed tummies with the whipped cream.

So call up your best friend and invite them to an IHOP date. You don't have to go crazy and get the Egg Nog pancakes (even we weren't bold enough to try those!) but you do need to be ok with so-so food, people over the age of 65 and some good quality time with the ones you love.