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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dinner and the Tub

These are two totally unrelated topics, I know  But they both happened on the same day, so here they are.

My eldest requested waffles for his birthday.  Oblivious of other time constraints, or the surefire recipe I keep in my handy dandy little black book, I chose to go in search of something more exotic.  Five year old taste buds are very sophisticated, you know.

And that is when I found a recipe for Gingerbread Pancakes.  Oh, scrum!  Delicious, if not a little disconcerting, due to their excessively bubbly nature.  And so, I ploughed ahead.  The bowl looked something like this:

It's hard to see from here, but the batter bubbles up considerably.  Not to worry, it's supposed to do that

The end result is scrumdillyicious:

Further reading perusal led to a recipe for Buttermilk sauce.  Oh, shezam!  It can be stored in the fridge and then re-heated to a pourable consistency as needed.  If there are leftovers at all.  Again, the mid-point looks a little scary:

And with any good waffle meal comes sausage.  Of course.

Such a messy meal necessitated a trip to the tub.

Is this where I insert the 'good clean fun' line?

E3 especially loves the water.  And bubbles  And anything that involved E1 and E2.  This is pretty much nirvana for him.

Here, just a final parting shot.  They are all pretty much perfect, don't you think?

Gingerbread Waffles

⅔ c Brown Sugar
2 whole Large Eggs, Yolks And Whites Separated
1-½ c Buttermilk (or regular milk soured with vinegar)
½ c Molasses
6 T Butter
2 c Flour
3 t Baking Powder
1 t Baking Soda
2 t Ground Ginger
1-½ t Ground Cinnamon
½ t Salt
¼ t Ground Cloves
¼ t Ground Nutmeg
¼ t Ground Cardamom

Preparation Instructions

In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and egg yolks until smooth and creamy. Stir in buttermilk, molasses, and butter.
Into a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves, nutmeg, and cardamom.
In a glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff peaks have formed.
Add liquid mixture into sifted dry ingredients and stir together. Fold in egg whites.

And the credit goes to:  Emily of One Lovely Life

Essential Buttermilk Syrup

½ c Butter
1 c Sugar
½ c Buttermilk
1 T White Corn Syrup
1 t Baking Soda
1 t Vanilla

Preparation Instructions

In a LARGE pot, combine butter, sugar, buttermilk, and Karo syrup, and bring to a boil for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add baking soda and vanilla. Mixture will fizz to TWICE THE SIZE or more, so make sure you use a good-sized pot! Set it aside to thicken while stirring occasionally. Pour over waffles, pancakes, and French toast to make them oh. so. much. better!

And the credit goes to:  Liza's Kitchen

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1 comment:

  1. WoW!!
    I LOVE your bathtub and think that I need a heart shaped waffle maker; mine just makes unexciting circles.