Easy Brunch Week: Baked Pancakes with Strawberry, Banana and Honey, honey - Sweet Potato Chronicles - Sweet Potato Chronicles

Easy Brunch Week: Baked Pancakes with Strawberry, Banana and Honey, honey

I some­times for­get I'm the mom. Wait–let me clar­ify that. I don't mean that I for­get that I'm the one who runs around each day with­out a head (or some­times a clue) get­ting Scar­lett from home to school, from school to lunch and then back again, from play date to bal­let and then, finally, at dusk, who ago­nizes with her over a 40 word spelling test. It's just each year when Mother's Day rolls around my gut reac­tion is to think of my mom. She's who I'm used to cel­e­brat­ing and any one who knows me knows that she's my best friend. I'm also still very reliant on her. Maybe I don't need her to tie my shoe any more but no one, and I mean no one, can talk me down from a ledge bet­ter than my mommy. So I think of her first each May.


Photo by Maya Vis­nyei

Last year I bought my mother a weep­ing cherry blos­som tree to fill the empty spot on the lawn where my dad reck­lessly dug up a tree we both loved. Now when she looks out­side, instead of being annoyed by the blank plot of land, I like to believe she thinks of me. (Come to think of it, my father owes me a present for sav­ing him from my mother's wrath. I mean, who digs up a tree for no reason?!)

I can already tell you I won't be get­ting any­thing too grand for mother's day. Scar­lett and Dan have fun schem­ing together for the day's events but it's usu­ally very sim­ple. And I like that. The one thing they always do is make me break­fast. Dan usu­ally helps her in the kitchen but, to be hon­est, Scar­lett could now eas­ily do it on her own. She's bet­ter than me in the kitchen and for sure she's bet­ter than Dan.

When Ceri and I were think­ing of brunch dishes that we could run this week, we wanted to fea­ture things that either older chil­dren could do on their own or an adult could man­age with kids. I think this baked pan­cake (or Dutchy as it is more for­merly known as) is per­fect. The bat­ter is just a few ingre­di­ents (all crack­ing and whisk­ing fun) and the kids could slice the bananas with one of their own play knives. If an adult man­ages the hot oven, you've got an easy but tasty break­fast. And remem­ber, the rule that one per­son does the cook­ing while the other does the clean­ing doesn't apply on mother's day. If they make it, they also clean it and, while they're at it, they can make din­ner too.

Baked Pan­cakes with Straw­berry, Banana and Honey

3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tea­spoon orange zest
1 tea­spoon vanilla extract
2 table­spoons melted but­ter, plus extra for ramekins
1/2 cup spelt flour

1 banana sliced
1/2 cup sliced straw­ber­ries, washed and hulled


Pre­heat the oven to 425.

Place about a 1/2 tea­spoon of but­ter in each of six ramekins. Place the ramekins on a bak­ing sheet and place it in the oven to melt the but­ter, about 3 min­utes. Remove the bak­ing sheet. Care­fully swirl the melted but­ter around the ramekins to coat, mak­ing sure you get it up the sides.

In a medium mix­ing bowl, beat the eggs and milk. Add the orange zest, vanilla extract, but­ter and flour. Divide bat­ter into each of the six ramekins. Place the bak­ing sheet back into the oven and allow ramekins to bake for about 12 to 15 min­utes, or until pan­cakes are golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack for about 10 min­utes. Using a par­ing knife, loosen the dutchy from the ramekin and turn it out onto a plate. Dress it with the sliced bananas and straw­ber­ries and driz­zle with honey.




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