Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Introducing: Chef Jackson

Yes, our very own Jackson (read it with a French accent...it makes it sound better!) put on his chef hat to prepare pancakes over Christmas. Of course, his sous-chef Kaki was by his side to ensure only the best pancakes!


First - you beat ze eggs.


Three of them.


He whisks them well!


Next, you measure the milk.


Et add it to ze eggs.


SLOWLY!


It is very important to concentrate.


And he whisks. Whisk. Whisk. Whisk!


Of course, every chef is tempted to taste his masterpiece before it's done. Thankfully Sous-Chef Kaki prevented him from consuming his meal too early.



After mixing both ze eggs and milk, measure ze Bisquick.


Et add it to ze egg mixture.


A good chef always refers to ze directions.


...for zis recipe, he needed to add MORE Bisquick!


Ze final mixing!


Not as easy as it look.


Ze pancake batter!


Ah, magnifique! Ze panckes are finished!

...Speaking of Pancakes....

Here's a great recipe for some deluxe lemon poppyseed ricotta pancakes. Amazingly, they are really easy to make:

Serves: 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
1 cup All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
¼ teaspoons Baking Soda
¼ teaspoons Salt
1/3 cup Sugar
¾ cups Ricotta Cheese
¾ cups Milk
1 whole Egg
¼ cups Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons Butter, Melted Then Cooled
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1-¼ teaspoon Lemon Zest
1 and 1/2 teaspoon poppy seed (I didn't measure - I just eye-balled!)

Preparation Instructions
In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. In a larger mixing bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, milk, egg, lemon juice, butter and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the large bowl and mix until combined. Add the lemon zest to the large bowl and stir to distribute throughout the batter. Cook pancakes on a griddle or in a skillet on medium (make sure you grease the pan and when you drop a few water droplets onto the pan they should “dance” but not evaporate). Cook 2-3 minutes per side. Enjoy with maple syrup or try a yummy blueberry syrup!

(We made a honey syrup - heat 1/3 cup of water with 1/3 cup of sugar over medium until sugar is dissolved (around 3-5 minutes) and add in 1/3 cup of honey. Let sit over a burner on warm/very low until ready to serve.)

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