Thursday, June 17, 2010

Baked Peach Pancakes

We got some fresh peaches from a local orchard, and I wanted to make some kind of pancake with them. I LOVE using fresh fruit in my baking - especially breakfast. So, I did an online search for some ideas, and I found a Weight Watchers recipe for Baked Peach Pancakes. It's more like a cobbler, but not anywhere near as sweet. So, it's perfect for breakfast or brunch. My kids really liked it. I got a great compliment from Dillon, "Mom, you're the best cooker. Even my teacher says so." Okay, I had to brag a bit. ;)

I changed up the recipe a little bit here and there, and I really like the results. Next time, though, I will probably use more peaches - cover the bottom of the 9x13 with them. Alll the nutritional info did not come from me. It was included with the recipe, and I have no idea if it's correct or not. Plus, with all my changes, it's probably not the same anyway.

Baked Peach Pancakes

Makes 6 servings


2 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches (3 medium)
6 eggs (I used Egg Beaters)
1 cup flour ( I used Whole Wheat flour)
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup milk (I used buttermilk)
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
2. Spray 2 1/2 quart casserole or 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
3. Melt butter in baking dish in oven.
4. Beat eggs slightly in large bowl with wire whisk.
5. Beat in flour, sugar, salt, milk and almond or vanilla extract until smooth.
6. Stir peaches into butter in baking dish. Return to oven 2 or 3 minutes until sizzling.
7. Pour batter over peaches.
8. Bake about 20 minutes or until puffed and golden.
9. Serve with warmed Peach preserves or Maple syrup, if desired.

WW POINTS per serving: 8

Nutritional information per serving: 344 calories, 18.3g fat, 1.4g fiber

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Breakfast with Aunt Daphne

My sister-in-law has been visiting this week, and she went home today. :(

But, before she left this morning, we made breakfast (of course). She went blueberry picking yesterday, so we decided to make blueberry pancakes. Yum Yum. I made up the batter last night and put it in the fridge. Then, this morning we added the blueberries and cooked up the pancakes. I have to say they were great. I cut up some strawberries and some cantalope (bought from a local produce stand) to put on the side. Great summer time breakfast!!

Of course, my two little guys had to help. So, on with the aprons and chef hats and we had two very eager assistants. They wanted to put the blueberries in the batter and help with the fruit - they really ate more fruit that they helped with. Everyone had fun cooking together, and afterwards, eating together. Dad even came in from working on the "Man Cave" to eat with us. :)

Here is the finished product. Blueberry pancakes with strawberries and canalope. Don't get too impressed, the pancakes were started from Heart Smart Bisquick that I jazzed up a bit. I added cinnamon, vanilla extract, and a bit of Splenda to the mix. Plus, instead of eggs, I used Egg Beaters. Hey. at least I attempted to keep them healthy! :)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Ready, Set, Cook

So, after being asked a million times for different recipes, I've decided to start a blog. I was inspired by my sister-in-law, who has a great blog, Food Junkie from Texas, that I have recommended to several of my friends. I LOVE to cook, and I love to experiment with new flavors and combinations. Plus, I'm always looking for new ways to present "old" dishes. I have four kids, two of which eat pretty much whatever I put in front of them, and two that are a bit picky. They and my husband are my culinary guinea pigs. Sometimes they love it - sometimes not.

I'm also trying to feed them as healthy as I can. So, I'm always on the look out for good, easy recipes that are good for us. A lot of what I cook starts out from a recipe that I found somewhere else, then I kind of do my own thing to it. Also, I do a lot of trial and error in the kitchen. Those are usually either the best or the worst - nothing in between.

I'd like to not only use this as a sounding board for anything that I find that either makes things easier in the kitchen or makes things healthier. I'm also an avid reader, so I may from time to time talk about whatever book I'm reading at the time. I'll try to make sure to keep those short. :)

So, all that being said, happy reading and I hope I can bring a little creative cooking to your life.