Posts Tagged 'toppings'

baked apple streusel pancake bars

i am thinking about making these delicious individual breakfast bites for my coworkers tomorrow! :)

<3 kt

While we were standing in front of the stove while our pan was heating up, it dawned on us… we just didn’t want to go through all the waiting and flipping and there were more important things to do before our day started — like a shower. Remembering this idea from last year, we took the lazy way out and we still had time to bathe (which we’re sure everyone we come across today, will appreciate). Here’s how we did it:

Baked Apple Streusel Pancake Bars
Yields: 20 Bars
Adapted from: Martha Stewart’s Buttermilk Pancakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or slightly less table salt
3 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 3/4 cups buttermilk (whole milk can be substituted without any problems)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 small apple, diced into 1/2″ pieces
2 cups Granola (we used an apple cinnamon granola from Bear Naked)

For Topping:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Grease and Parchment your choice of baking dish. We used 2 8″x8″ pans (for the straight sides), but a large pyrex baking dish should work just fine! Set aside. Mix dry ingredients and stir with a wire whisk. Add wet ingredients and stir until just barely combined. Add in Granola and apples, stirring just until coated. You want your batter to be lumpy with out any dry spots.

Pour into prepared pans. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow batter to rest in pans while oven is coming to temperature and mix Streusel topping ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle over pancake mixture with a fork, or spoon into a zip top bag and use like a pastry bag, making thin, even lines. Bake for 12-15 minutes, when touched, it should spring back gently. Remove from oven and remove from pan (thanks parchment paper!) and place on wire rack to cool slightly. If you wish, brush tops with 2 more tablespoons of melted butter for a great shine.

These are great eaten the morning of, or as you have need throughout the week. You can also wrap individual portions and freeze them. Just take them out the night before, (or if you forget, pop them in the microwave to defrost) and let them sit on the counter so your breakfast is ready as you bolt out the door!

They’re great for a brunch where people might find themselves eating away from the table, serve them with a little lemon curd, apple butter, or small amount of maple syrup! Enjoy!

new toppings for corn on the cob

butter gets old people!  using the same old on top of corn on the cob makes it dull & boring.  plus, butter isn’t the healthiest solution for you.  one of my favorite magazines, Real Simple, posted this fantastic article on their website:

Ground Cayenne and Lime

Sprinkle with cayenne pepper (sparingly or to taste), and serve with lime wedges for squeezing. Add salt, if desired.

Sour Cream and Chives

For each ear of corn, combine 1 tablespoon sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh chives, and salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Spread on warm ears just before serving.

Grated Parmesan

Brush corn with extra-virgin olive oil (or melted butter, if you prefer) and sprinkle each ear with 1 to 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan. Also try other hard cheeses, such as aged Gouda, Pecorino, or aged goat cheese. Add salt, if desired.

Vinaigrette and Herbs

Brush ears with vinaigrette and sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, chervil, or oregano (use more or less according to taste). Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

AND MY FAVORITE…

i love sriracha!  the spicy rooster is the best Thai hot sauce.  i add a little butter (sometimes none at all!), salt, pepper, lime, and dip my corn in sriracha.  spicy sour yumminess!

i learned this trick from seanalyn:

tequila lime hot sauce

mix a two shot of tequila, 1/4 cup of sriracha, 1/4 cup of ketshup, and 1/2 a lime.  enjoy!

<3 kt


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