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Wake up with Seriously Easy Better Pancakes


Let me clarify my title – wake up with coffee (or if you are NOT a morning person like me – about 4 coffees)  then proceed to making better pancakes! I know – there’s lot of people out there saying – pancakes – easy – grab the box out of the cupboard add some milk and Bob’s your uncle (well not my uncle but someone’s uncle I am sure)… whenever I hear this or see someone in the grocery store grabbing a box of mix I want to stop them and say “Do you realize how easy it is to make pancakes from scratch?”  and “No – it really takes no longer than making it from the box”.  The difference 2 bowls instead of one and of course the taste.  Not to mention you can actually see what is going into your pancakes.  This is my Seriously Easy Better Pancakes recipe.

Seriously Easy Better Pancakes

  • a touch less than 3/4 c milk + 2 TB white vinegar (mix together and let sit to sour it, while you mix the dry ingredients together) or buttermilk (ideally you want 1 1/2TB less than 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2TB sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 2TB butter – melted
  • wet ingredients to dry ingredients.  Mix.  Add jam.  (you can make t1 tsp vanilla (try to get real vanilla not extract)
  • 3TB strawberry, raspberry, blueberry or your favorite homemade jam
  • Mix the milk & vinegar, and let sit. In another bowl, mix all dry ingredients together and whisk together to mix and remove and lumps (or sift).  Add butter, vanilla and egg to milk & whisk.  Add to dry ingredients and whisk.
  •   Heat pan on Med – High (on my stove that’s about a 6), add cooking spray, mist with EVOO or add butter.  Pour some batter onto hot pan. Flip part way thru cooking.  You will know when to flip pancake when the batter gets bubbles in the middle.
  • Top with butter and serve – as an added treat sprinkle with powdered sugar.  These are sweet & delicious – you may want to try them before adding syrup.

Hint:  Make extra so you can wrap them up and freeze – pop them in the microwave for 1 minute in the morning for a breakfast on the go during the week.   enJOY .

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It’s all about the breadsticks



Better Breadsticks

Today I thought I would share with you my own recipe for bread sticks.  I mean what kid (or adult??) doesn’t like ooo-googy good bread sticks from those ready to go pizza joints?  My personal fave part! Here at our house we make our own pizza  about once a month, and when we do the kids (big and little) insist on bread sticks too!  Now our home made ones aren’t nearly as salty as the ones you get take out (which is a good thing on my opinion) – one of the reasons being is that I don’t mix any salt with the grated parmesan on the sticks
like most pizza joints do… yes they really do!  There’s never a complaint in this house about it though!  We like to go easier on the butter too – but that’s just our preference – add more or less buttery-goodness as you please!

Start off by making or buying some pizza dough – not that pre-baked one the one you roll out.  What?  You’ve never made pizza dough before ?? It’s really easy!  Here is my super easy recipe.

 Super Easy Pizza Dough

Mix 1.25 tsp yeast with 1/2 tsp brown sugar and 1.5 cup warm water – let sit for 10 minutes.

Once frothy, add a dash of salt, 2TB EVOO &  oregano, thyme, rosemary and basil to taste (or use about 1 tsp Italian spice mix), In a large bowl add that mixture to 3 cups + all purpose flour, and knead about 20 times. Place in a greased large bowl, cover and let rise for 2 hours, punch down, and (optional) let rise again until doubled in size (another 2 hrs). punch down.  hint: if you make sure there is enough flour that the ball is not “sticky” you can freeze for later use at this point as well (make extra!).

For pizza – roll out (it will rise a bit in the oven so keep that in mind when you are adjusting for thick or thin crust), to desired thickness, dust a pizza stone with cornmeal and place dough on stone, top with Marinara Joy, cheese and your favourite toppings. Bake in preheated oven at 425 for 15-20 mins. EnJOY!

Breadsticks

Dust your hand with flour.  Take a 2″-3″ piece unrolled raw dough in your hand and roll it between your two hands so it forms kind of worm shape, flip around and do the same thing again.  Continue to make as many bread sticks as you want.

Place on cookie sheet, dusted with cornmeal.  Using a mister spray (or brush) with EVOO and sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over the top.  Bake at preheated 425 degree oven for about 10-15 mins (until top is starting to brown), remove from oven, Brush melted butter over the bread sticks and add sprinkle more parmesan cheese, put back in oven for another 5 mins. Optional – brush again with melted butter (we don’t but lots of people do!) EnJOY – and let me know if there are any leftovers!

Shortcut Alert!!

What?  Why yes, I do sell pizza dough – pre-made and frozen – ready for you to thaw and roll out!  Click here to take a look!

Just because people have request I re-post – once again here is the Fast Food Compared to my food nutrition chart!   How many calories, saturated fat grams, cholesterol and sodium could you cut out by making your own take out or placing orders from a place like mine?

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