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Hipster Pancakes

a.k.a. Marionberry Pancakes

Recipe adapted from Bobby Flay/Portlandia

Pancake Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 cup cornmeal, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 3 separated eggs, 1 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp sugar, scant 1/2 tsp lemon zest

Compote Ingredients: 3 cups of marionberries (blackberries), 1/2 tsp lemon zest, 1/4 cup sugar

1.  Mix the dry ingredients for the pancakes.  Then in a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks, milk, ricotta, 1/4 cup sugar, and lemon zest.  Add the flour mixture and stir until well mixed.

2. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until there are soft peaks.  Beat in the 1 tbsp of sugar and fold the egg whites into the batter.

3. To make the compote, combine all ingredients in a saucepan with 1/2 cup of water.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and stir and crush the mixture until it thickens – about 10 minutes.

4.  Heat up and butter the griddle or pan.  Pour a 1/3 cup of batter into the center to form the pancakes.  Cook until golden brown on each side.

5.  Serve with compote on top of pancakes, with extra berries (and leftover Korean fried chicken).

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Blueberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Breakfast baking with a sweet indulgence.

For 6-8 Muffins

Ingredients: 1/2 cup white sugar, 1 egg, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/3 cup milk, 1 tsp vanila, 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 plain yogurt, 3/4 cup blueberries, 1/4 chocolate chips

1. Pre-heat  oven to 375 degrees and grease baking pan.

2.  Mix together the egg, sugar, oil, milk, and vanilla until well combined.  Next, stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt, but do not overmix.

3. Finally, add in the yogurt, followed by the blueberries and chocolate chips.

4.  Pour batter into the muffin pan and bake for 25 minutes.

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Everyday Smoothies

With a busy work schedule, it can be rather difficult to take in the necessary amount of fruits and vegetables.  Lately, we have been making morning smoothies for breakfast and sometimes even dessert smoothies.  Smoothies are an easy and delicious way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your diet.  The human body has the ability to drink more amounts of fruit compared to eating.  This way, we have been able to incorporate an new element to our morning routine that adds to a healthier lifestyle.

Here’s a look at some of the smoothies we’ve been making recently.

Berry Breakfast Smoothie

Blend a handful each of grapes, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries with one banana, plain yogurt, and soy milk.

I love using berries in the morning when there’s little time and these fruits require minimal preparation.  There’s no chopping necessary – just wash and blend.

Afternoon Mango Banana Smoothie

Blend together one mango with one banana, about 1/4 cup of yogurt and 1/2 cup of almond milk for one serving.

Rich and creamy and just the right amount of sweetness.

Dessert Smoothie

A light refreshing smoothie with plenty of ice is a great way to cool down during the warmer nights.

Blend one cucumber, one apple, 1/2 cup of grapes, and one Korean pear with plenty of ice and some water.

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Banana Nutella Oatmeal Cookies

Again, here’s one of those cookies that has all of my favorite food words in one title.  These aren’t too pretty to look at, but they’re awesome breakfast dessert cookies.

Recipe adapted from Chef in Training

Ingredients: 2 very ripe bananas, 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 4 tbsp butter, 1 egg, 1 3/4 cup oats, 1/4 cup Nutella

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Mix together flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and butter.

3.  Add in the wet ingredients – bananas and egg.  Then the oats go in the mix.

4. Swirl in the Nutella – do not mix thoroughly so that it creates a marble effect.

5. Spoon drops of the batter onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

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Potato Pancake

Oh god, not another pancake post…this one is slightly different though, I promise.

Loosely based on Chinese potato pancakes, but with leftover fridge ingredients from a somewhat choppy work week post-holidays.

Ingredients: 1 potato, two eggs, 1/2 cup all purpose flour, half of a green bell pepper, 1 clove of garlic, salt and pepper to taste, water

1. Peel the potato and cut into shreds.   Dice the garlic and green pepper.  Transfer potato shreds to a bowl, crack in two eggs and mix.

2.  Add in a half cup of flour and continue to mix well.  Add salt and pepper, garlic, and green pepper.  Mix.

3.  Heat some oil in a non-stick pan.  Pour the potato mixture and spread into a pancake shape.  Fry until golden brown on each side.

Best served with chilli sauce

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French Toast and Maple Syrup

This is totally becoming a breakfast blog, isn’t it??  In the holiday rush, my favorite meal of the day becomes a time to relax, catch up on the events of the previous night, and to enjoy life’s small luxuries.

Last week for Christmas, my friends and I attempted a mini road trip to Vermont, one of the few states to produce maple syrup.  We stopped by Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, after spotting it on a brochure in our motel.  It was there that I picked up a few souvenirs including maple tea and Grade B maple syrup.

Maple Syrup + French Toast = 😀

2 Servings (3 slices of toast)

Ingredients: 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 2 eggs, 3 slices of bread, powdered sugar, maple syrup

1.  Crack eggs in a shallow bowl.  Beat thoroughly and mix in the cinnamon and nutmeg.

2.  Heat a slightly greased pan.  Take a piece of bread and coat both sides in the egg mixture.

3.  Set the bread in the pan and cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

4.  Dust with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup.

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Mocha Spiced Pancakes

I am now toying with the idea of a pancake blog, seeing how this is probably the fourteenth pancake recipe on here.  Pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast foods (in case that was not obvious by now), but this recipe adds a few new elements while remaining simple and flavorful.

Plus, incorporating coffee into your breakfast carbs is a great shortcut to getting your morning caffeine buzz.

Recipe adapted from Offbeat + Inspired

Makes 5-6 medium-sized pancakes.

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder, 2 tbsp instant coffee, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, pinch of salt, 1 cup milk, 1 egg, 2 tbsp melted butter

1. Mix the dry ingredients together.  Whisk the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.

2. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones in sections, whisking well to blend.

3.  Heat up a griddle or pan, slightly oiled.  Spoon a ladle-sized amount of batter to form pancakes.  Cook until slightly browned on both sides.

4. Serve with maple syrup, powdered sugar, jam, or all of the above.

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Peach and Orange Pancakes

Pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast foods – this is already the second pancake post in less than six months!  This time, I tried to incorporate summery peaches and the fresh citrus flavors of oranges.

Adapted from allrecipes.com

Ingredients: Flour, egg, baking powder, sugar, milk, butter, salt, peaches, 1 orange

1. Mix all the dry ingredients together and stir in the wet ingredients afterwards.

2.  Grate some orange zest and dice a peach.  Squeeze the juice from both halves of the orange.  Add these fruit elements to the pancake batter.  You may have to add some additional flour to bring the batter back to the same thick consistency.

3. Spoon the batter from a ladle onto a nonstick pan over medium-high heat and cook the pancakes until golden brown on each side.  Garnish with slices of peach and drizzle with maple syrup.

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Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yet another classically simple recipe to break in the oven at the new apartment.  Last time I made chocolate chip cookies, but this week J and I were craving muffins for breakfast.

Recipe adapted from food.com

1. Mix dry ingredients together (1 cup flour + 1 tsp baking powder + 1/2 cup sugar + 1/4 tsp salt)

2. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients (1 beaten egg + 1/2 tsp vanilla + 1/4 cup melted cooled butter + 1/3 cup milk)

3. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients and stir in chocolate chips

5.  Spoon batter into a greased muffin tin.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Good Morning!

 

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