Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Pancakes 3 Ways with Apple Compote and Homemade Banana-Nectarine Ice Cream

Breakfast for dinner is always a welcomed change. Especially when it consists of pancakes. My boy DRock was over the house and he gave me the idea to run with.

Pancake Mix
2 1/2 cups AP flour
4 tablespoons sugar
3 eggs
2 cups of almond milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
3 teaspoonsbaking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
3 tablespoons of veg oil

Stir all dry ingredients together then add the wet. Whisk together until smooth and let sit for at least 20 minutes.

Peanut Butter
Sliced Bananas
Toasted Walnuts

I made three pancakes of each of the three styles. First was blueberry-banana, second was peanut butter-banana and the thrid was walnut-blueberry.

Apple Compote
2 red delicious apples
1 cup water
1/8 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to taste

In a saucepan add apples and 1 tablespoon of butter on medium low. Let that cook until the apples are softened and get some color. Add sugar and water and turn to medium heat and let cook for 15 minutes or until reduced to a simple syrup. Add vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt and turn to super low (simmer).

Homemade Ice Cream - Banana Nectarine

1 nectarine, frozen, pitted and chopped
1 frozen banana, sliced
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons of sugar

This is a fast way to make dessert without the struggle of churning the old fashioned way. Place all the items in a strong blender (I use a vitamix) and spin the ingredients. Stop every 30 seconds to manually push the unblended ingredients to the bottom. Repeat until you have a smooth mixture. Put it in an airtight container like a tupperware and cover the surface of the ice cream with plastic wrap to prevent ice crystals from forming. Take it out and serve after 20 minutes or when mix has rehardened.

Stack one of each of the pancakes, butter each one and put apple compot and ice cream on the side. Shot out to DRock for the idea. I will have to put in a few extra minutes into the morning excercise but it was defiantly worth it.

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