Husband calls around 5. He says, what’s for dinner? I say, take out or breakfast food. He says, what are my options? I say hmm fried eggs, omelets, french toast, pancakes… “PANCAKES”, he shouts. OK, really healthy low cal banana pancakes? Or really delicious unhealthy pancakes? Or an in-between? IN BETWEEN! (he shouts when he’s hungry).
I’m fully aware that the title of these might scare you off. My initial gut reaction to you being scared off from eating these is “oh good, more for me”. Cottage cheese seems to be one of the foods you don’t like until you’re in your 20′s – I mean, curds? Seriously? My high school students would get so skeeved out when I told them what they’d be making in class, but they would fight tooth and nail over the last one once they’d had a taste. They’re. So. Good.
I love pancakes. I crave pancakes. Every time my husband and I eat out for breakfast I try to convince him to order pancakes while I order healthy egg white omelette and we share plates. He thinks I am a food bully and usually refuses me because of his convictions. Boo.
You probably don’t think I’m a healthy eater. I say that I am, but you might not believe me when you see the things I like to make. This is how it works; when I am alone or just cooking for my healthy husband, nutritious and low-calorie is what it’s all about. I eat tons of fruit, Kashi Go Lean, nonfat plain Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and Ezekiel whole grain bread. When I have friends over or need to bring a dish to a get together, I like to let my hair down a bit and make taste my only concern. Which leads me to these pancakes.
I have three fantastic brother-in-laws. Two are my husband’s brothers. Jimmy is the younger of the two. He’s great because he gets really excited to eat anything I make him. I like cooking for him more than for my husband to be totally honest.
This morning he came over after church for pancakes. I’ve wanted to make these gingerbread pancakes for a while so I was super pumped for the opportunity. I enjoyed the pears from the recent parfait so much I wanted to cook some apples the same way. Extremely easy and delish. The apples are sweet and the pancakes spicy/sweet, so the cool and creamy Greek yogurt was the perfect complement. It was a plate full of happiness. This would be great for Christmas morning – special but quick and easy.
So this was an impromptu pancake decision. Some friends were coming over for Sunday pancakes and I realized that since I’m on the Monday-pumpkin-recipe kick, I might as well make some pumpkin pancakes!
Pancakes seem like something mindless and easy, but there are actually several techniques that ensure GORgeous delicious pancakes. For example, have you ever had pancakes that are too dark on the outside and gooey on the inside? Your griddle is too hot! Or when they are pale and thin? Griddle too cool. Also, if I see one more student press down that blessed pancake with the back of their blessed spatula, I will flip my lid.
Technically we are in the “kitchen equipment and appliances” unit. Today we are using our electric crepe makers. I can’t say crepe with the appropriate throaty french accent so I call them “crapes”, just an FYI