Friday, March 18, 2011

German Pancakes

I saw a recipe for these a couple of weeks ago and have been thinking
about making them ever since. This morning one of my friends posted
the exact same recipe on Facebook and I took it as I sign that I HAD
to make these.

I had never heard about these or seen one until a couple of weeks ago
when I saw one on one of my fav. food blogs, so I didnt really know
what to expect. It's kind of like a souffle/pancake/omelet.

I served mine with powdered sugar and blackberries. Yum!

3 eggs, room temperature
1/2 (1dl) cup milk, room temperature
1/2 (1dl) cup sifted bread flour or all-purpose flour*
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

7 teaspoons butter
Powdered (confectioners') sugar

Bread flour is a high-protein flour. The high protein helps the pancake rise. All-purpose flour may be substituted but the results won't be as spectacular.

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. NOTE: It is very important that you preheat your oven. Place oven rack on the middle rack of your oven. Place a large, heavy ovenproof frying pan or a cast iron skillet (I like used my 10-inch cast-iron skillet), in the oven until hot and sizzling. While pan is heating, prepare your batter.

NOTE: Use a shallow pan, not more than 3 inches deep (pie pans, cast iron skillets, oven-proof fry pans, baking dishes, paella pans). Like I said before, I prefer using a cast iron skillet or pan because it acts as a heat reservoir, retaining the heat and distributing it evenly.

2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until light and frothy; add milk, flour, vanilla extract, and cinnamon; beat for 5 minutes more. The batter will be thin, but very smooth and creamy.

Using a pot holder, remove the hot skillet from the oven; add the butter; tilting the pan to melt the butter and coat the skillet.

3. Pour the prepared batter into the hot skillet, all at once, and immediately return the skillet to the oven.

4. Bake approximately 20 to 25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown (bake until the pancake puffs up around the edges - it may puff irregularly in the center).

It turned out really yummy. Next time Ill top mine w/ apples or
strawberries and I would probably add a little extra cinnamon.

Söta saker