Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"i'm really excited about pancake tuesday"

ever since i cottoned on to today being pancake tuesday sometime last week, that's been my diurnal refrain - to the point where the dotytron told me i had to stop saying it. i AM excited about pancake tuesday though! and it's not the kind of thing that i want to or should deny. we missed pancake tuesday last year, and the year before that. as we all know, no one loves a theme meal more than k. lagerfeld, esquire, so i've turned this week into an homage to new orleans (well, two nights anyway.) tonight we had pancakes and bacon for dinnie and friday i'm making oyster po' boys with remoulade. unf!

i got inspired and instead of doing a traditional stack of flapjacks, made us dutch babies instead. dutch babies are like giant yorkshire puddings - made from a thin pancake batter with a higher proportion of egg, which makes it rise all awkward and puffy and will turn into a delicious, crispy, butter-drenched, crusty bottomed, delicate eggy vehicle for fruit, or in our case, a sprinkling of powdered sugar and maple syrup. it's meant to rise up dramatically and then it'll sink, usually creating a depression in the middle that people like to pile fruit into. i made them in our cast iron skillets - i can't remember the last time i used our teflon pans. the great cast iron switchover of 2009 is a grand success...i just have to get a GIANT one (like, 12") to replace my biggest nonstick and then we're good to go.

i know i promised you movie reviews and book reviews, but i've got a lot of paperwork to get ahead of tonight, so i'll leave you with a few short blurbs.

the second is about how the dotytron is a mama's boy but in the very best way - he's super nice to my mum. a few weeks ago when we went to drop off food for my mum after her surgery, we hung out with her for a bit. we sat on her bed (me at the foot, the dotytron next to her) and he read a magazine while i talked to my mum. when we got up to leave, he said bye, and then he leaned over and kissed her on her frankenstein, turtley head! so cute! he's always currying favour with my mom, except not, because he's just nice without thinking twice about it. whenever we go out to eat he always cuts off a piece of his entrée and puts it on her plate without asking (i'm a little greedier about it and a little more reticent to do the splitsies thing with my mom, because if she likes what you ordered better than what she ordered, you get shorted.) yesterday, when we were getting on the subway to go home, she was handing me a token for the subway, but he missed the gesture and thought she didn't have one so he gave her the one in his hand. dawwwwwww.

the third will be after the division when i post the recipe for the dutch baby.

now onto paperwork.


dutch baby
serves 2, can be doubled, tripled, quadrupled, easily

4 T unsalted butter
4 large eggs
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. half-and-half
pinch of salt

- preheat the oven to 425°F. divide the 4 Tbs butter between two 6-inch cast-iron skillets [i used one 10" skillet for each batch], and melt it over medium heat.

- in a blender, whir together the eggs, flour, and half-and-half [i used my immersion blender and a large measuring cup to make for a quicker cleanup]

- pour the batter into the skillets over the melted butter. slide the skillets into the oven, and bake for 25 minutes.

- remove the puffed pancakes from the oven, transfer them to a plate or shallow bowl, and sprinkle on lemon juice, and dust with powdered sugar [or add the fruit topping/pancake topping of your choice]. serve immediately.

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