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Strawberry Pancakes {National Pancake Day}

March 1, 2011

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Happy National Pancake Day! This morning I thought I would get up early and make some pancakes for breakfast. I usually keep pancakes and waffles reserved for weekends, but It’s pancake day! So I had to make some. Adam and I went to Costco on Sunday afternoon to pick up some groceries and came home with a big container of strawberries. When I got home after class Monday night, I opened the fridge only to see there was about 10 strawberries left in the container. It was a 2 lb. container! Apparently someone likes strawberries. After telling him he wasn’t allowed to eat anymore (so I could you know, maybe have one, or two) I decided I wanted to use them for breakfast the next morning. He probably isn’t too upset, seeing as how I’m sure he will eat the leftover pancakes when he gets home from work.

It snowed again this weekend, making spring seem even further away. But these delicious strawberry pancakes taste like spring. Even if your car is stuck at the bottom of the hill, like mine. Not only is snow frustrating to drive in, but this whole weather thing is getting on my nerves. I bought my new camera, and I’m thrilled about it. It takes awesome pictures, in good, natural light. But trying to take pictures inside with bright kitchen lights sucks. I want to bake and take pictures for my site, but I get mad when they don’t turn out. These ones are a little bright, but there was no great light in the apartment this morning. The sky is hazy and grey, and its most likely raining (seeing as how we experience every known weather phenom in about an hour around here) and inside the lights are too harsh for taking pictures of food. I have looked for lights online, except their about 200-300$ for a set of lowel ego lights for taking pictures inside. I would much rather use natural light, just because it does look the best. But it gets hard during the winter to make use of it. Do you have any tricks for taking pictures inside? I have seen some people who have made their own light box. Perhaps I’ll have to give that a try..

For now, I’ll happily eat these delicious pancakes. Pancakes on a Tuesday sounds pretty good to me! The strawberry puree added to the batter makes them sweet with a subtle strawberry taste. And they turn out a pretty pink colour.

Yup. Tuesdays are good pancake days. Now, back to the books ie. Chaucer.

Strawberry Pancakes (adapted from Joy of Cooking)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups AP Flour
  • 3 tbs. sugar
  • 1 3/4 tbs. baking powder
  • 3 tbs. butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 6-8 large strawberries, purred

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl, combine all dry ingredients and slightly whisk.

In a separate bowl whisk together butter, milk and eggs.

Make a well in the dry ingredients and slowly add liquid ingredients to the dry. Slightly whisk. Pour in strawberry puree and stir to combine.

Heat griddle/pan over medium low heat. Butter slightly and pour 1/3 or 1/4 cup of batter in the center of the pan. Cook until small bubbles form on the top of the pancake, flip and continue to cook another minute or so until done. Cover in butter/syrup and enjoy!