Sunday, August 23, 2015

And the Winner is Maple Oat Pancakes with Bacon and Cranberries!

 Future Fashionista came in from our "campsite"

this morning and said she wanted pancakes.  For some reason, I just can't make the normal white flour bad-for-you pancakes.  I just can't.  It makes me want to scream that my kids want the "artificial" kind of pancakes.  They call anything that's bad for them "artificial."  I don't know if I off-handedly made a comment once upon a time or not, but now everything that I consider "bad for them" they call "artificial."  

It would be my preference to make everything with whole wheat flour~~ organic, if possible.  Of course my kids prefer white flour.  They just aren't always going to get their way.  If they're going to eat something bad, I'd rather they use their "splurge" calories, fat, sugar,  etc. on ice cream.  I mean, really!!!  

So, almost every time I make homemade pancakes, I tweak our original recipe to try to make something different.  Usually, it's a compromise to use white flour with some other kind of better-for-you whole grain flour.  I am COMPLETELY out of whole wheat flour in my house, so I used oatmeal this time.  Some other tweaks I made were to use real butter instead of vegetable oil and maple syrup instead of sugar. 

Truthfully, the first batch of pancakes with no additions tasted kind of "flat" to me.  They needed more salt or sugar or something.  I'm wondering if it was because the maple syrup is heavier than normal sugar and even after mixing the syrup was more in the bottom of the mixing bowl.  . . . . because the last ones in the batch didn't seem as "flat" tasting. 

I decided to add turkey bacon into some of the pancakes and turkey bacon and cranberries into other pancakes.  I also sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top of two of them while they were cooking. 

My favorite were the ones with turkey bacon and cranberries. 

Future Fashionista ran one of the bacon pancakes back to my hubby and he said,
"Those pancakes were good!" 

Here's what I used for the basic recipe (which might still need to be tweaked):

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup quick cook oats, ground in a food processor to make into a flour
 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1 tsp. salt

1/4 cup butter (4 Tbsp.)
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla


3 strips of turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Make the pancakes the way you normally would, and drop which ever "toppings" you'd like into the batter once they start cooking.  For instructions on how to make awesome pancakes,  check out Alton Brown's instructions.

He actually recommends that if you use baking powder, you also use something acidic in the recipe.  Maybe that would help with the "flatness" of taste in these!

Alton has a blog also, which might cause me to get into trouble sometime soon!  Too much info.  And now I know why he measure all things with flour in grams or why some people who bake, sift their flour.  I have never been one of the people who bakes and does everything to the exact measurement, but I do understand why people do now!


What are your favorite additions to pancakes? 


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