Monday, November 3, 2008

.german pancakes with pears.

This recipe was found in a Martha Stewart KIDS magazine I bought years ago. While packing things up for our move, I found my stash upstairs and gleefully went through each issue page by page taking all of the craft and food projects in. I really miss this publication and wish Martha would bring it back! (Perhaps we should start a campaign?)

Today I wanted to make breakfast one last time for my husband before we separate for a couple of weeks. Sounds dire, doesn't it? I thought this would be the perfect thing and man.. it sure was. The original recipe calls for apples, but I bought pears instead because I love the sweetness they give, especially to this type of baked treat.

I imagine these would be a great breakfast for your holiday mornings, either Thanksgiving or Christmas. They don't take horribly long and you can make as many or as few as you want. Throw in some fruit, cottage potatoes and sausage and you've got a breakfast your family will love you for.

Here are your ingredients. I doubled the recipe from the magazine which I will post here. If you want less, just cut the recipe in half.

1 1/2 c. flour, 1/2 c. sugar + more for dusting pan, 3/4 c. milk, 3 Tbsp butter(melted), 5 eggs, 3 Bosc pears (peeled and diced), 3 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp salt, 2 Tbsp butter, 1/4 c. honey or brown sugar.

Melt 2 Tbsp butter in a skillet. Dump in the diced pears. Stir to coat and fry for a couple minutes.

Add the lemon juice, cinnamon, and honey. Cook over medium high heat, stirring often until the liquid evaporates and the pears and nice and caramelized.

This is what they should look like. Yummy. You could eat them just like this, but I really suggest you put them in these pancakes. They are SO GOOD!

Brush giant muffin tins with the melted butter.

Sprinkle in teaspoons of sugar and coat each muffin cup. My pancakes stuck a little and so if I were to do this again? I would probably skip this and spray with Pam so they release better.

I got my big helper involved. She loves to cook with me and I appreciate her interest and help.

In a large bowl, dump in the sugar, flour, and salt. Mix together with a whisk.

Using one of those empty bowls, break your eggs. Paige will not let me crack the eggs. She must do them herself. She's so independent!

Mix the eggs with a fork and pour into the dry ingredients. Pour the milk into the bowl as well.

Whisk all the ingredients together then transfer the batter into a bowl with a pourable spout. This will make it easier to fill the muffin tins.

Hmph... look who I caught sneaking some pears? See, I TOLD you these were really good!

You might want to hide them from the family because you might find a thief doing something like this in your home.

Spoon some of the pears into the bottom of each tin. Pour the batter on top of the pears and fill each cup up halfway.

Once the batter is all used up, put the pans in a pre-heated 450* oven. Once you put them in, lower the heat to 400* and bake for 15 minutes.

The last 5 minutes these will puff way up.

When you pull from the oven, see how they are all puffy and pretty? Take a knife and run the blade around the edge of each pancake. Place a tray on top and then flip it over to release the pancakes from the pan.

Plate and then dust lightly with powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped cream. Or you could drizzle with maple syrup like my husband. Enjoy!

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Lisa said...

oh my, those look like heaven! cute pics! thanks for sharing! lisa k

heidigoseek said...

the *pear*...i mean *apple* doesn't fall far from the tree:) this looks divine. i shall make it for our election morning breakfast. gotta find something RED to go with it, though!!

heidigoseek said...

can i use texas-size muffin tins?

squillen said...

Heidi, that's what I used. My texas sized muffin tins. Let me know what you think of them!

heidigoseek said...

mmm...bueno:) the whole family loved these. they don't need any syrup, the pears bake with a nice sauce. we ate with sugar and whipped cream. this made 11 in the texas size tins. i used Pam and there weren't any sticking issues. thanks suzanne and martha!

Stephanie said...

I guess everything really IS bigger in Texas!? lol..I didn't know they had Texan muffin pans. I will look for those, as that breakfast does look perfect for Christmas morning. Do you think you could make the batter and pears ahead of time, so all you had to do in the morning is put int he pans?

wholarmor said...

MMMM! Looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

These look wonderful, can't wait to make them with my baking 12 yr old ds. I love your blog. Thanks for sharing your talent.