Monday, November 21, 2011
It's Secret Recipe Club time again! And, I was assigned a gem of a blog. Josie's Kitchen. Josie oozes enthusiasm for life and is a delight to read. Most months I print a dozen recipes and debate what I'm going to try. This time, I found MY recipe in a few minutes. Irish Pancakes. Something I've never had. You see, when I've been to Ireland, I've focused on oatmeal or a traditional Irish breakfast.
Let's talk for a moment about a traditional Irish breakfast. It's unlike anything you've ever had. Josie has a perfect description of one on her blog. Here's a link to her blog about their trip to Ireland: Irish breakfast. The closest thing I've found here in the states is a restaurant on Cape Cod that we frequent that has real Irish breakfasts. I'm feeling stuffed just thinking about one!!
I've been to Ireland twice and have loved the food. My favorite was something that I couldn't find the second trip - a salad sandwich. It's a mixture of cucumbers, tomato and mayo on bread. Unfortunately, I think the food in Ireland has become too global and some of the old standby's have gone by the wayside.
So, back to the Irish Pancakes. It's funny about how we all have preconceived notions. Pancake. To an American it means a light fluffy syrup delivery system. This recipe called for drizzling each plate with lemon juice then sprinkling it with powdered sugar. THEN, you put the pancake on top. Ok, so I did that. Grudgingly since pancake means shagbark hickory syrup to me. The pancakes were more like crepes. And they were oh, so very good. Thank you Josie! It's been a delight getting to know you :-)
1 c flour
1 T sugar
1 c milk
2-3 T butter
Pour the flour into a medium bowl. Make a well in the center. Crack each egg into a small bowl then pour it into the well. (nb: that way if you do get shell in the egg you don't have to fish through the flour...) Whisk the eggs and flour together. Add the sugar and whisk it in. Slowly add the milk, whisking after each addition. Once the batter is nice and smooth, put it aside for an hour to rest.
Prepare your plates. Drizzle each with lemon juice then sprinkle with powdered sugar. I took half a lemon and gently squeezed once around the plate then used about 2 t of powdered sugar per plate.
Heat a medium skillet. Put in about 1/2 t of butter. When it's sizzling, you're ready to cook your first pancake. I used a regular ladle to pour the batter in. It should cover the bottom of the skillet.
I used medium heat and the first side took five minutes. The second side took two minutes.
When both sides are nice and brown, slide the pancake onto a prepared plate. Now, doesn't that photo make you want to run in your kitchen and make some of these!
Here are the other recipes in this week's Secret Recipe club reveal. If you'd like to visit SRC, I've included a link up in the first line of this blog. It's a lot of fun to participate in. Each month we're assigned a blog. Actually, there are so many of us that we're divided into four groups and each group has a Monday. So, on our Monday at 7:00 am we reveal the recipe we've made from our assigned blog.