It's hysterical to me that we decided to theme a week after "Brunch." I can't remember the last time I had a brunch. And by brunch I mean sleep until 10, lay around in bed watching random 80's movies and stumble out of the house to go eat pancakes and greasy eggs while reading newspapers. Am I wrong?
Now, on the weekends, brunch is the third meal I eat in a day. The first is the fruit Scarlett needs immediately when she wakes. The second is the French toast I make her and, finally, the third is what we have with her at about 11:30. We actually do still go out for weekly brunches on Saturdays. After Scarlett's ballet class we hit our favorite neighborhood spot. It's a small sliver of life leftover from our pre-parent days and, clearly, it's an abbreviated version of the lanquishing meal we used to enjoy, but it works.
When we are home I love to go overboard with brunch. Pancakes (some random new type) and always eggs too (my husband isn't the biggest pancake fan). This recipe from the healthy wizards at Whole Foods was so quick I may add it into our weekday rotation. I switched-up the fruit and cut down on the sugar since agave or maple syrup adds plenty sweet ness at the end.
German Pancake with Apples
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 large eggs
1 cup low fat milk
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 tesaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced
Preheat oven to 425. Put butter in a large ovenproof pan and heat in the oven until butter is melted.
In a blender, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Throw in flour and blend. Take pan from oven and make sure it spread across pan evenly and add batter then arrange apple across the top. swirl butter around to coat pan, and then pour batter in. Bake until pancake rises and apples are cooked tender, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with a bit more cinnamon and serve with agave syrup.
I got this much help from Scarlett on this recipe I fiddled with from Whole Foods. See the details just below:
The blank space above indicates my partner's involvement. Nothing. Scarlett, all high and mighty about "her" blog, spent the morning playing goo-goo dolls with our house guests. What the hell are those little things anyway?
Actually, no help was needed. As I said, this was fast and easy. Easy enough for a weekday since you blend and then throw it in the oven. My mother commented that she loved how there was so standing at the stove and flipping cakes for days. However, this is not your fluffy pancake. Dense but declicious, I found it a nice way to switch up our favorite comfort food. Our friend's children didn't touch it with a ten foot pole, but they spent the day prior day vomitting, so Idon't think the German pancake should take it personally. After all, Scarlett ate hers.