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Italian Vegetable Frittata

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Eggs and I have had a rather complicated relationship over the years. As a child, I liked scrambled eggs, but no other kinds – ever! Fast forward to college, where I majored in biology. Which meant taking labs. And labs meant conducting experiments, oftentimes on poor dead animals like fetal pigs and cats and frogs. And, chicken eggs.

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My junior year, we used a special microscope to peer into a chicken egg that was actually meant to you know, hatch a live chicken. The egg was in its infancy stage, so it looked like a regular egg you’d buy in a carton at the grocery store, only we could see a beating heart. First it looked like nothing, then you’d see a quick burst of blood that then dissipated back into itself, like tossing a pebble into a puddle.

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It freaked me the hell out. Probably shouldn’t have, but it was so weird to see this normal-looking egg, the likes of which I’d eaten my whole life, and all of a sudden there’s a bloody heartbeat in the middle of the yolk. And I mean a literal bloody heartbeat, not a British bloody heartbeat.

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So, eggs and I broke up for a while. Despite liking the taste of scrambled eggs, I couldn’t bring myself to eat them after what I’d witnessed. It was just too weird. This persisted for several years. It wasn’t until Matt and I were dating that I agreed to try them again. See, I met him while he was a mid-twenty-something grad student, and scrambled eggs were one of the few things he knew he could make competently. So when I initially said I disliked them, he panicked a little, then regrouped and convinced me to try them. And I agreed. Because it was the beginning of the relationship, the part where we agree to do and try things we dislike, just for our new love.

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Good news though – I rekindled that old fondness for scrambled eggs, and decided to get over my squeamishness. And then the whole thing snowballed. Before you know it, I was eating poached eggs, and fried eggs, and baked eggs. Like frittatas. Something I never grew up eating, or even knowing about, for that matter…

Now I make them often. And this one I made with zucchini! And parmesan. And it was fluffy, light and delicious. Quite perfect, really. Enjoy!

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{One Year Ago: Sweet Corn Sorghum Ice Pops}

Source: slightly adapted from The New Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook by Ellen Brown

Ingredients:
3 tbs olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb. (about 3 thin) zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded, stemmed and chopped
Kosher salt and black pepper
10 large eggs
3 tbs chopped fresh basil
2 tbs dried oregano
6 tbs half-and-half
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 425 F.
Heat a 12” cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and tilt the pan to coat evenly. Add the onion. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes, until the onion is softened a bit. Add the garlic, zucchini, and bell pepper. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5-6 minutes, or until the veggies soften and the liquid has evaporated.
Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs with the basil, oregano, and half-and-half. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Reduce the heat on the skillet to medium and pour the egg mixture into the skillet. Do not stir. Cook about 4 minutes, or until you just start seeing the sides begin to set. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the frittata evenly, then transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the top is browned and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Run a spatula around the sides of the skillet and under the bottom to release it. Cut into wedges and serve.

Plum Poppy Seed Muffins

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Ahh, stone fruit. Those delicious, juicy, sweet things with a maddeningly short growing season. So many stone fruits to choose from, and so little time to enjoy them. Last year I was all about the peaches, so this year I vowed to be more about plums and nectarines. Maybe next year is apricots? But then what about pluots? It gets complicated….

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Next year can be figured out later; today we shall have these tasty muffins with lots and lots of plum chunks. And poppy seeds too, just for good measure.

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These muffins are not savory per se, but they are not high on the sweet factor. Over the years it seems that muffins have inched closer and closer to cupcakes, some so much so that the lines of distinction have grown exceedingly blurry, and oftentimes muffins seem like little more than an excuse to eat cake for breakfast.

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Not today, my friends. These muffins are taking a stand and declaring themselves to be MUFFINS, and muffins alone. They are emphatically stating that they will not tolerate being confused with their distant look-alike cousins. These are decidedly breakfast food, and they are well aware that we shouldn’t be consuming tons of sugar first thing in the morning.

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That said, they are quite delicious, with a soft and impossibly moist texture, studded with ripe plum chunks that pop, and just a hint of sweetness. Enjoy while plums are still in season!

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{One Year Ago: Nutella Zucchini Muffins, Purple Jesus, Peach Sour Cream Pancakes}

Source: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

Ingredients:
6 tbs unsalted butter
1 large egg
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup sour cream
½ cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg
2 tbs poppy seeds
2 cups pitted and diced plums, from about ¾ lb of whole plums

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 375 F. Grease a standard 12-cup muffin tin. Set aside.
First step is to brown the butter. Cut the butter into chunks and add to a stainless steel small pot or skillet. Place over medium heat and let it melt. Once it’s melted completely, the butter will start popping and bubbling and sputtering – this is the water evaporating out. You will see the butter turn a nice brown color and there will be little browned bits hanging out at the bottom of the pan. Once the sputtering and popping has died down to a minimum, shut off the heat. Let it cool slightly.
Add the egg and both sugars to a large mixing bowl and whisk until well combined. Now add the butter, including those browned bits floating around, plus the sour cream. Whisk to combine. If your butter is still very warm, drizzle it in slowly while constantly whisking.
In a separate bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and poppy seeds. Add to the sour cream mixture and whisk until just combined. Do not overmix, and a few lumps are okay. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the plums.
Use an ice cream scoop (helps to grease it lightly first) to evenly distribute the muffin batter into the prepared muffin tin. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until the tops are golden and a cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Rest the muffins in the pan for about 2 minutes, no more than 5 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and let them cool completely. Store any leftovers in an airtight food storage container.

Guest Post – Breakfast Bacon Enchiladas

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This week I have had the pleasure and honor of guest posting over at the wonderful and popular blog, Cupcakes and Kale Chips! Brianne is a fellow Sunday Supper member, who has one of the best food blog Facebook pages ever. Definitely head over and “like” her, then give her blog some love too. You won’t be sorry!

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Since August 30th, 2014 is National Bacon Day, I chose to make these Breakfast Bacon Enchiladas for her blog. I mean, it’s bacon…. In an enchilada!!! Crazy good.

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You can read all about them plus get the recipe over on Cupcakes and Kale Chips! Don’t miss them – because they’re also terrific for lunch or dinner. Just sayin’! Enjoy!

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Nectarine Raspberry Dutch Baby

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Happy Friday, happy month of August, and happy WEEKEND!!! What are your weekend plans? And how’s your weather predicted to be? It’s supposed to rain on and off where I am; I was originally slated to run a very athletic 5K with Matt on Saturday, to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, but in training I got a lovely little shin splint. So, no 5K for me. Matt decided to skip it also, as he freely admits he hasn’t properly trained for it, so we’re blowing off the world and holing up in a romantic hotel and spa this weekend. After the Soundgarden/Nine Inch Nails concert tonight, that is!!! I’m just, oh, a teensy bit excited for all this. 🙂

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Oh, and this also will conclude my week of No Longer Neglecting Raspberries on this blog! This is the third raspberry recipe I’m bringing to the table for the week. I started with a delicious chicken and raspberry salad, where raspberries worked double duty – a salad ingredient and pureed to make the vinaigrette! Delicious and light and perfect for summer.

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Then yesterday we made homemade soda using fresh raspberries, which was awesome. And now today, we are eating breakfast. And we’re including some stone fruit, because ‘tis the season for that too. This Dutch baby was outstanding, as pretty much all Dutch babies are. The large amounts of fruit made this particular baby a bit less wrinkly than most, but they also made it a bit thicker in the middle, which hurt no one’s feelings in my house. Make sure you try this one before we lose the berry and stone fruit season for the year! (Sniff). Enjoy!

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{One Year Ago: Blueberry Bread, Peaches and Cream Crumble Topped Pie}
{Two Years Ago: Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze}

Source: The Boozy Baker by Lucy Baker

Ingredients:
3 large eggs
1 tsp lemon zest
1/3 cup granulated sugar
¼ tsp kosher salt
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup plus 2 tbs whole milk
3 tbs white wine
1 cup fresh raspberries
2 medium nectarines, pitted and cut into chunks (no need to peel them – you’re welcome ;))
4 tbs unsalted butter
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425 F. On the stovetop, heat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, lemon zest, sugar, and salt until combined. Add the flour, cinnamon, milk, and wine and whisk again to combine. Fold in the raspberries and nectarines.
Melt the butter in the preheated cast-iron skillet and swirl the pan to coat it well. Pour the batter into the skillet, making sure to spread the fruit evenly. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
Dust with confectioners’ sugar, cut into wedges, and serve hot.

Jumbo Strawberry Muffins

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Today is National Doughnut Day! Oh yes, that is a thing, as well it should be. So I’m sharing muffins… Clearly…. But, in my defense, when I made these muffins, I was really debating with myself on whether I should make strawberry muffins or strawberry doughnuts. The muffins won out when I flipped a coin, but I was thinking about doughnuts when I made these, so it counts, right? Or something….

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These are completely delicious. There’s something about jumbo muffins (jumbo cupcakes too) – I mean, they are so impractical to make and awkward to eat. And yet, they are awesome. Nobody doesn’t love them: the sight of that huge hunk of moist, flavorful carb overload, then the secret thrill of biting into something almost the size of your head – we just all love them anyway, despite their inherent impracticalities.

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These are so much fun, and of course, incredibly yummy. A fantastic vehicle for those strawberries looking gorgeous right now. Enjoy!

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{One Year Ago: Sorghum Syrup and Toasted Walnut Ice Cream}

Source: adapted from Food and Wine

Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1 stick plus 2 tbs unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 lb. strawberries, hulled and chopped
1 tsp lemon zest
Raw sugar, such as turbinado, for sprinkling

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 F and position the rack in the lower third of the oven. Coat 6 jumbo muffin cups with nonstick baking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another large bowl, beat the butter with the eggs until well combined. Fold in the dry ingredients and buttermilk in 2 alternating additions, then fold in the strawberries and grated lemon zest.
Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups and sprinkle the tops generously with the raw sugar.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until golden on top and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let the muffins cool for about 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer the muffins to a rack to cool completely before serving.

Potato Waffles with Bacon and Chives

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And today is Day 5 of, and the conclusion to, WAFFLE WEEK! It’s been a delicious week, and today’s offering is no exception. This is basically mashed potatoes in waffle form. Who wouldn’t love that? They are indescribably light and fluffy, with a distinct potato taste. There’s also the onion-y bite from the little flecks of chives and the salty, crunchy, smoky bite from the bacon running throughout, all of which serve to just take these waffles over the top.

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I guess these waffles are slightly more complicated than just throwing together a batter and dumping it in the waffle iron, but they really aren’t difficult to pull off. And so completely worth it!

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And now without further adieu, let’s recap WAFFLE WEEK!

First up we went Tex-Mex and savory with some Crispy Cornmeal Waffles that we drenched in a spinach queso sauce. There are no words…

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On Day 2 I recounted a fun little trip visiting my mom in Cambridge, MA, where I dined at Flour Bakery (twice!) and made Joanne Chang’s Perfect Waffles with a Lemony Twist in honor of that. With the lemony twist being mine.

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On Day 3 I gave you a dessert waffle recipe – Fudge Chocolate Waffles no less. They were divine.

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Then yesterday, I couldn’t do a week of waffles without including the soul food classic, Chicken and Waffles. And if you’ll recall, this is seriously the best version of Chicken and Waffles I have ever tasted.

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And don’t miss these lovely waffle recipes running around the food blogosphere!

Recipe Round-Up:

Bacon Cheddar Cornmeal Waffles from Simply Scratch
Banana Buttermilk Waffles from The Texan New Yorker
Beer Waffles with Cinnamon Apples and Caramel Sauce from The Texan New Yorker
Black Pepper Bacon Waffles from The Texan New Yorker
Buttermilk Grits Waffles from Southern Souffle
Cheddar Dried Basil Waffles from in Jennie’s kitchen
Cranberry Orange Waffles from The Texan New Yorker
Malted Waffles from The Texan New Yorker
Seven Layer Nacho Waffles from Scarletta Bakes
Tangerine Waffles from Farm Fresh Feasts
Waffles with Southern Comfort Praline Sauce from Confections from a Foodie Bride

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{One Year Ago: Homemade Blackening Seasoning}

Source: The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion

Ingredients:
1 medium russet potato, about 12 oz.
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, separated
2 cups well-shaken buttermilk
3 tbs minced chives
4-6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

Directions:
Peel the potato and cut into chunks. Place in a small saucepan and cover by about 1 inch with cold water. Place over medium-high heat and let it come up to a boil. Continue to boil for about 8-10 minutes, depending on the size of your potato chunks. They are done when a sharp paring knife can be inserted in the center of a chunk without resistance. Drain the potatoes, then place back in the pot.
Working in batches if necessary, press the potatoes through a potato ricer into a large bowl. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
To the bowl of potatoes, add the salt, butter, egg yolks, and buttermilk. Whisk immediately and quickly to combine (working quickly ensures your egg yolks won’t scramble). Whisk in the flour mixture, a little at a time, until just combined. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold in the chives and bacon crumbles.
Using a whisk or electric mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Dump the egg whites into the batter, and gently fold them in with the rubber spatula.
Pour the batter into the preheated waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer’s instructions. Serve warm.

Joanne Chang’s Perfect Waffles with a Lemony Twist

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My mom is a college professor, which means many different things, of course, but in particular it means that she goes to a lot of conferences. The vast majority of her conferences are not in Dallas, where she lives and teaches. So I’m always keeping tabs to find out where her next conference is, to see if it might happen to be in my neck of the woods.

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Wouldn’t you know, hardly any of them are. Over the years I’ve come to surmise that the East Coast is just not a popular locale for music theory collegiate conferences. Until last fall… when she had to attend a conference in Cambridge, MA! Of course I didn’t hesitate to jump a train to visit her for a few days.

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One thing I *had* to do while visiting Cambridge was to eat at Flour, Joanne Chang’s bakery made famous by Bobby Flay on “Throw Down” a few years back. I grabbed breakfast there while my mom was at a session, and was so impressed that I took her there for lunch. We dined on delicious salads for lunch, then treated ourselves to Flour’s outrageous Boston Cream Pie (when in Rome, am I right?)

It was such a fun trip and visit! Thank you so much Mom! And maybe you’ll have more conferences up here in the future…

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So let’s chat about these waffles. When you read the ingredient list, you aren’t terribly blown away. It’s very interesting and somewhat baffling that such a simple ingredient list could yield such a ridiculous, insane, over-the-top, perfect waffle. Because these may just be the most perfect waffles I’ve ever tasted. I can’t really explain it, so you’ll just have to make them and see for yourself!

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{One Year Ago: Easy Adobo Chicken}

Source: slightly adapted from Flour, Too by Joanne Chang

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
3 tbs packed brown sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¾ cup buttermilk
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup lemon or citrus flavored club soda, at room temperature
4 tbs unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract
Honey or maple syrup for serving

Directions:
Preheat your waffle iron. You want it really hot to get the crispy exterior on these waffles.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, heavy cream, club soda, melted butter, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the well. Using a whisk and a folding motion, gently fold the wet and dry ingredients together until combined.
Grease the preheated waffle iron, then ladle the batter into the bottom of it. Cook according to manufacturer’s instructions. Remove the waffles to a plate and serve. I preferred honey on these, but maple syrup would be fine too. Enjoy!

Crispy Cornmeal Waffles with Spinach Queso Sauce

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Welcome one and all to ……. WAFFLE WEEK!! Recently I’ve complained about mentioned that we’re redoing our apartment, and part of that redo included me updating my waffle iron. Yea!!

Crispy Cornmeal Waffles with Spinach Queso Sauce

My old waffle iron was a sweet wedding present Matt and I received well over 8 years ago, and I have completely worn it out. Matt and I adore waffles, and we try to make brunch at least once on weekends, not to mention we both love having breakfast for dinner. As you can imagine, that poor thing received a lot of abuse over the years. It was time.

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These waffles I’m sharing today were the inaugural run of the new waffle maker. I was jonesing for something savory, and if you give anything a Tex-Mex spin, then of course I’m all in. Obviously these waffles fit that bill.

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Have you ever had queso on a waffle before? I’d never experienced such a thing, which I decided was just wrong on so many levels after my first bite. Clearly, I’ve been missing out. A lot. A lot, a lot, a lot. The sauce was spicy, creamy, bursting with flavor, and of course uber cheesy; we liberally doused it on waffles that were reminiscent of savory cornbread, with a crunchy exterior and a smooth, bready interior. The flavor was full of corn and the texture was pleasantly gritty. Love!

Crispy cornmeal Waffles with spinach queso sauce

Stay tuned this week, because I’m showing you what all your waffle maker can do! It’s gonna be delicious.

Source: slightly adapted from The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion

Ingredients:
WAFFLES:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2 tbs sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chipotle chile powder
1 ¾ cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
1/3 cup canola oil

QUESO SAUCE:
½ cup salsa, homemade or a good quality store bought brand
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Monterey jack cheese
¼ cup snipped fresh chives
1 (10 oz.) package of frozen spinach, thawed and liquid squeezed out in a clean dish towel

Directions:
To make the waffles: in a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cumin, and chipotle chile powder. Set aside.
In a large measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, and oil. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and whisk until most of the flour mixture has been incorporated into the wet ingredients. Use a rubber spatula to combine the last little bit. This prevents over-mixing, which results in dry waffles. The batter will be very thick.
Grease your waffle iron and spoon the batter in; cook according to manufacturer’s instructions. Remove the waffles to a plate and work in batches if needed.
Meanwhile, make the queso sauce. Place a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the salsa, cream cheese, and grated cheese, stirring until the mixture is smooth. Add the chives and spinach, and stir until combined.
To serve, spoon a generous amount of queso over each waffle and enjoy!

Carrot Cake Pancakes

Carrot Cake Pancakes

Happy Friday!! We are wrapping up Carrot Week on an extremely delicious, breakfast-y note. Carrot. Cake. Pancakes. Oh, yes, I went there.

Now, I always loved pancakes growing up. They were probably my number one favorite breakfast food that my mom would make. But it wasn’t until adulthood that my eyes were opened to all the pancake possibilities that exist out there. For most of my childhood and adolescence, I figured pancakes came in two forms: plain, or blueberry. Of course that was very wrong.

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And I’m quite happy to have added these carrot cake pancakes to my I’ve-eaten-that list. Because they are insanely tasty. Instead of maple syrup, you spread cream cheese frosting on them, like you would an actual carrot cake. It’s just divine. And very impressive – you could definitely bust these out for company.

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And now for our usual week recap!

We began the week with Nocello-Spiked Carrot Cupcakes, so now I can check the box of having put a carrot cake on my blog. These are quite lovely thanks to the addition of walnuts and the walnut liqueur.

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Next we made Vegan Carrot Soup, a lovely rendition of a classic that non-vegans will scarf down enthusiastically.

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Next up: if you can have carrot cake, why not Carrot Pie? You can have it. It’s a thing. And it’s delicious.

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And then yesterday, we had a cooked carrot side dish which we glazed with whiskey, butter, and brown sugar (oh, my!). Whiskey Glazed Carrots would make a beautiful side dish to any Easter spread.

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And be sure you check out these carrot recipes from the food blogosphere!

Carrot Cake Scones from Rachel Cooks
Carrot “Fettuccine” with Lemon-Thyme Sauce from In Jennie’s Kitchen
Carrot Salad with Harissa, Feta, and Mint from Smitten Kitchen
Healthy No Sugar Carrot Cake Muffins from Farm Fresh Feasts
Pickled Carrot Sticks from Smitten Kitchen
Spiced Carrot Kale Muffins from Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
Super Moist Carrot Cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Enjoy this lovely breakfast/brunch, y’all!

Carrot cake pancakes

{One Year Ago: Greek Salad with Chickpeas}

Source: slightly adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbook by Joy Wilson

Ingredients:
PANCAKES:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
Generous pinch of ground ginger
1 large egg
2 tbs brown sugar
1 cup buttermilk, well shaken
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups grated carrots
3 tbs butter, for the griddle

FROSTING:
4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
2-3 tbs whole milk
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Dash of ground cinnamon

Directions:
First, make the pancakes. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, brown sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla. Stir in the carrots.
Pour the buttermilk mixture, all at once, into the flour mixture. Whisk until mostly incorporated, then switch to a rubber spatula to combine the rest of the way. Let the batter rest 5 minutes while you make the frosting.
For the frosting: in a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese until it is smooth and fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Beat until smooth. Set aside while you make the pancakes.
Preheat your skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add a pat of butter and smear it around to melt it and cover the whole surface. Ladle about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake into rounds on the skillet or griddle. Cook, flipping once, until golden on both sides and cooked through in the middle. Transfer the pancakes to a plate or platter. Repeat until all the batter is used up.
To serve, spread each pancake with a dollop of cream cheese spread. Stack them if desired. Consume immediately. 🙂

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

It actually feels like spring today! Wheeeeee!!!!! Of course, I heard we’re supposed to get more snow next week, but, that’s next week. Only worry about today, and let next week worry about itself. Or something. {My attempt at deep thought for the day.}

Oatmeal raisin muffins

Anyways. If you should ever need a ridiculously easy and delicious, grab-and-go breakfast in your arsenal of baking tricks, these are for you. They’re even pretty healthy! Definitely hearty and filling, so you won’t be hitting up the vending machines mid-morning. And the raisins give a perfect hint of sweetness. I enjoyed these so much, and you know I’m not even a big raisin person.

Oatmeal raisin muffins

And since I was so happy with how my pictures of these babies turned out, I’m going to shut up now and give you a few more photos. Enjoy! Though I feel I should give you a heads up regarding the recipe: you’ll need to soak the oats in the buttermilk overnight before making these, so plan accordingly.

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Oatmeal raisin muffins

{One year ago: New Orleans Barbecued Shrimp}

Source: The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion

Ingredients:
1 cup quick-cooking or rolled oats
2 cups buttermilk
½ cup brown sugar
4 tbs unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
1 tsp baking powder
¾ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp kosher salt
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup dark raisins

Directions:
In a bowl, combine the oats and buttermilk. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat the oven to 425 F. In a large bowl, combine the buttermilk and oat mixture, brown sugar, butter, egg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gently stir in the flour and raisins.
Either grease a 12-cup standard muffin tin, or line it with muffin liners. Scoop the batter into the prepared tin and bake 20 minutes, until the tops are light golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes, then turn out the muffins to continue cooling.