Sunday, March 8, 2009

A Special Breakfast

Breakfasts on a Sunday morning should be a little special. I don't often make this very (to my mind) tasty little concoction because my husband isn't crazy about it. But since Sundays have been decreed "every man for himself" when it comes to food preparation and eating, having me prepare this for breakfast today means he didn't have to get his own meal. Therefore, he cheerfully gobbled it up. (Not only did he seem to enjoy it, but when I started to take the last portion left out of the dish saying, "Oh, the chickens are gonna love this little treat," it sparked a small hissy fit. "CHICKENS!!?? We're not gonna waste those luscious blueberries on the chickens. Leave it on the counter and I'll finish it later.")

In case you get a hankering to give it a try, here's the recipe:


1 tablespoon butter

1/3 cup flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 beaten eggs

1/2 cup milk

1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1 sliced large-ish banana

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 rounded tablespoon sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put butter in a 9" pie plate and place in oven until melted and hot. In a bowl, combine the flour, 1 tablespoon sugar and salt. Add the eggs and milk and whisk until smooth. Pour into the hot pie plate. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges are puffed and golden brown. Remove from oven. Place blueberries and banana slices evenly in puff. Sprinkle with cinnamon and rounded tablespoon sugar which have been combined. Cut into wedges and serve immediately.


The original recipe said it would serve four but the two of us often finish it with no problem. Needless to say if you're using frozen blueberries (as I did), let them defrost first. Ones that have been frozen aren't as nice as fresh, but still quite tasty.

As you can see by the above picture, I didn't get a lot of poof to my puff this morning. Sometimes it gets grotesquely high and the next time it will be rather demure like today. It must be dependent on atmospheric pressure, or the phase of the moon, or whether I'm dressed or still in my jammies.

I keep thinking I should try using other fruit . . . strawberries and blueberries? Strawberries and bananas? Fresh peach slices and blueberries? Mmmmm, raspberries! But I like the banana and blueberry combo so much I have yet to venture away from that.

At any rate, it makes a nice, different breakfast with which to start a lovely Sunday.


Chicken Mama said...

Sounds a lot like Pancake Fluff - but with the addition of fruit on top! Might have to try that! (Although dunno if I'd go the bananas & blueberry route. Maybe peaches w/ cinnamon!)

I made Pancake Fluff last week in the old combifire cookstove and forgot about the broiler element which hangs down from the top of that oven's "roof". Needless to say, the Fluff fluffed right up to and around the heating element. Whadda disaster!

Mama Pea said...

Chicken Mama - Yeah, I guess the 'batter' does resemble Pancake Fluff, especially the way it (usually) puffs up. But the fruit addition gives it a very different flavor, I think. Your idea of peaches with cinnamon sounds WONDERFUL!

MaineCelt said...

In the Northwest, where I grew up, these are known as "Dutch Babies" (not sure why.) I've also heard them called oven pancakes, but that's so...boring. Regardless of the name, though, I LOVE 'EM! We usually use a simple batter of equal parts milk, eggs, and flour with a pinch of salt and a bit of unrefined sugar or maple syrup added in. We've baked apple slices in with ginger and cinnamon. Usually we just bake it plain, having poured the batter into 2 tbsp melted butter in a pre-heated skillet. When it's done, we sprinkle it with lemon juice and powdered sugar. YUM!

Mama Pea said...

Hi, MaineCelt - Yes, your recipe (sans fruit) sounds like what Chicken Mama was referring to as Pancake Fluff that I've made for years. Lemon juice and powdered sugar is good but so is a drizzle of maple syrup. Oh, stop! I had only a small bowl of Bean Soup for dinner tonight and I'm fighting attacking the container of popcorn I know is in the freezer. Can we talk about something other than yummy food?

Anonymous said...

Sounds great - I'll be trying it next week as we have fresh blueberrys for $2.99 for 2 lbs.

Mama Pea said...

That's mean and nasty, Fudd. Fresh blueberries for $1.50 a lb.? (We won't see a fresh blueberry up here for five more months!)

Melissa said...

It looks too good to eat! Wow, that's impressive Mama Pea. Hope it tasted as good as it looked:)Might have to try that recipe. Thanks for posting it.

Mama Pea said...

Hi, Melissa - Thanks for stopping by! I have to share something about the piece Roy insisted I save for him to eat later. Within a couple of hours the blueberry 'juice' had stained the puff mixture a horrendous green color! 'Course, he ate it anyway . . . said it tasted fine.