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Sour Cream Pancakes Fluffy and rich, these pancakes are my new-found favorite traditional buttermilk recipe. 2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
¼ cup sour cream
2 eggs
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 to 2 teaspoon vegetable oil, for greasing the pan

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl. In a second medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, eggs and melted butter. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients; gently stir until just combined (batter should remain lumpy with a few streaks of flour). Do not overmix. Allow the batter to sit for 10 minutes before cooking.

Heat 1 teaspoon of the vegetable oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Using a paper towel, carefully wipe out oil, leaving a thin film of oil on the bottom of the pan. Using ¼ cup measure, portion batter into pan in 4 places. Cook until edges are set, first side is golden brown, and bubbles on surface are just beginning to break, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a thin, wide spatula, flip pancakes and continue to cook until second side is golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Serve pancakes immediately. Repeat with remaining batter, using remaining oil as needed.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or spray a 1 and 1/2-quart casserole dish with either butter or cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, toss together the oats, half of the walnuts, the baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, milk, egg, the melted butter, and the vanilla.

Place the sliced banana pieces in a single layer in the bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle about two-thirds of the fresh blueberries over the top of the bananas, then cover the blueberries with the oat mixture.

Drizzle the milk mixture over the oats, making sure to distribute the milk as evenly as possible. Sprinkle the remaining blueberries and walnuts over the top of the oats.
Original recipe

Pour the water into a large mixing bowl. (The batter will rise to double its volume, so keep that in mind when you choose the bowl.) Sprinkle the yeast over the water, and let stand to dissolve for 5 minutes.

Add the milk, butter, salt, sugar, and flour, and beat until well blended and smooth. (Electric beaters do a nice job of this.) Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let it stand overnight at room temperature.

Before cooking the waffles, preheat a waffle maker. Follow your waffle maker's instruction manual for this, but whatever setting is approximately medium-high should be fine.

Just before cooking the waffles, add the eggs and baking soda, and stir to mix well. The batter will be very thin. Pour an appropriate amount of batter into your hot waffle maker: this amount will vary from machine to machine, and you should plan to use your first waffle as a test specimen. Cook until golden and crisp.

Original recipe

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Whisk well. Add the milk, buttermilk, vegetable oil, egg, and vanilla extract. Whisk to blend well, so that few (if any) lumps remain. Set aside to rest for 30 minutes.

Preheat a waffle iron. Follow your waffle maker's instruction manual for this, but approximately medium-high. There's no need to grease the waffle maker.

Pour an appropriate amount of batter into your hot waffle maker: this amount will vary from machine to machine, and you should plan to use your first waffle as a test specimen. We used around 1/4 cup. Cook until golden and crisp.

Original recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a baking sheet lightly.

Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Cut the butter into 1/2 inch pieces and add them to the dry mix. Use your hands to rub the butter between your fingers, breaking it into smaller bits. Continue until butter is in sizes ranging from rice grains to flattened peas. Do this quickly so that the butter stays cold.

In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg until thoroughly combined. Scrape the buttermilk/egg mix into the dry mixture, and mix until barely combined.

Use a pastry scraper or spatula to transfer the dough to a well floured surface. The dough may be too sticky to handle; if it is, dust it with flour and fold it together a few times. Divide the dough into 2 pieces. Flour your hands and pat each piece of dough into a disk about 3/4 inch thick and 7 inches in diameter. (Note: this makes 8 large scones. If serving a crowd, divide into 4 smaller circles)

Cover one disk with jam. Top with the other disk and press down gently so the dough settles into the jam. Brush the dough lightly with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Use a sharp knife to slice the circle into 8 triangular wedges like a pie. Carefully place the wedges on the baking sheet, leaving a few inches between them.

Bake the scones for 22-26 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through. The scones are ready when their tops are golden brown and some of the jam has bubbled over onto the pan. To keep the scones from sticking to the pan, slide a thin spatula underneath them while they're still warm and move them to a baking rack.

From:Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce

baked_pancake.jpgKnown as a "baked pancake" in the Dewberry & Brown houses, this rich, custardy dish rises while baking for an impressive presentation. Serve as you would normal pancakes - with syrup and fresh fruit.

3 eggs
½ c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 c. milk
1 ¼ c. flour
½ stick butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
or
½ tsp. almond extract
Preheat oven to 375°.
Put all ingredients except butter into bowl. Beat with electric mixer until blended (will be very thin)
Melt ½ stick butter in 9x13" pan.
When butter is melted, add about ½ of it to batter leaving remaining butter in pan. Pour batter over hot butter and bake at 375° for 30 minutes

From: Dewberry/Brown family traditions
banana_blueberry_muffins.jpgA delicious, fairly lowfat use for overripe bananas and fresh blueberries. Note: use white flour only, wheat overwhelms the delicate banana flavor.

2 ½ cups sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 cups sugar
1 egg, beaten
½ cup orange juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla (optional)

2 Tbsp. butter, room temp.
1 ½ cups (or more) chopped fresh blueberries
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
3 ripe bananas, mashed

Sift the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt) together.  Then add the sugar, egg, oj, and butter. Whisk together.  Fold in the bananas and blueberries.

Pour into a 9"X5" greased loaf pan or a lined muffin tin and bake at 350 degrees for 1 ¼ hours (for loaf) or 20 minutes (for muffins).  Remove from pan when done and cool on rack. 
sweet_potato_hash_with_ham.jpg This dish is softer than the usual breakfast hash, and the cider vinegar & celery seed give it more of the flavor of a warm German potato salad. But it goes wonderfully with eggs and makes a good breakfast-for-dinner meal.

4  cups  (3/4-inch) diced peeled sweet potato (about 1 pound)
2  cups  (3/4-inch) diced red potato (about 8 ounces)
2  tablespoons  vegetable oil
1  cup  diced ham (about 8 ounces)
1  cup  chopped green bell pepper
2/3  cup  chopped green onions
3/4  teaspoon  salt
1/2  teaspoon  celery seed
1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
1/8  teaspoon  grated whole nutmeg
1/4  cup  fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2  tablespoons  cider vinegar

Place potatoes in a saucepan, and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Drain.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add ham; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add bell pepper; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add potatoes, green onions, salt, celery seed, pepper, and nutmeg; cook 8 minutes, gently stirring occasionally. Stir in broth and vinegar. Toss gently until liquid is absorbed.


banana_coffee_bread.jpgThis is a much lighter version of banana bread than Daniel's traditional cake-like version here. The texture is more bread-y, but it is nonetheless packed with banana flavor, with depth from the addition of a little strong coffee. It also makes wonderful french toast after a couple of days.

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon allspice (or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon)
3/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons melted butter or oil
1 large egg white
1 large egg
1 cup banana puree, from about 2 very ripe medium-sized bananas
1/2 cup buttermilk or sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 shot (about 3 tablespoons) of strong coffee, cooled (or mix 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder with  3 tablespoons of hot water)

Add in: pecans and/or chocolate chips

Butter a rectangular bread pan or a 9-inch square pan. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Sift together in a bowl the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and allspice (or cinnamon). Mix in the sugar.

In a large bowl, mix together the butter, egg white, egg, banana puree, buttermilk or sour cream, vanilla and espresso.

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and stir in the wet ingredients with a spatula until almost mixed. Add in your additions and stir until just combined, but don't overstir: stop when any traces of flour disappear.

Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake the bread for 60 minutes or the square cake for 40 minutes. The center must feel lightly-springy and just done.

Cool on a baking rack. Keeps well for 3-4 days, or can be frozen, wrapped in plastic wrap, for a few months.

Original recipe


crunchygranola.jpgI've tried a lot of different granola recipes, but this one is hands-down my favorite. The combination of quick cooking and old fashioned oats in this recipe, combined with a smaller than usual amount of oil, make perfectly crunchy clusters - like boxed cereal but better tasting.

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup oat bran
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup mild honey
Pinch cinnamon
Pinch salt (a flaky sea salt is best)

1 cup mixed dried fruit of your choice (I used figs, dates, raisins, and cranberries)

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Stir together all ingredients except the fruit in a large bowl until combined. Spread mixture evenly on a large (17-by 12-inch) shallow baking pan lined with parchment paper and bake, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes, but checking every five minutes after the 15-minute mark because it burns quickly. Transfer granola, in pan, to rack to cool, about 45 minutes. Let cool completely to keep clusters from breaking apart

Either store granola separate from dried fruit in airtight containers at room temperature, or store in the freezer with fruit mixed in.

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