LIVING WELL IS THE BEST REVENGE
I’m not sure if it’s the influence of Downton Abbey or just feeling a little put out with life in general lately, but I decided Cole and I would have a Downton Abbey breakfast this morning. It would have been nice to have Mrs Patmore to fix it and footmen to serve it, but despite the lack of servants we prepared a delightful menu.
We dined on apple pancakes, (recipe below shared by Mary Lee), bacon, and Mimosas. And yes, I opened a whole bottle of champaign and used the best crystal.
It was delicious and FUN. And now it’s time to curl up with my furs on this cloudy, cold afternoon for a little nap.
Pennsylvania Apple Pancake, from the cookbook Food Editors’ Hometown Favorites Cookbook, and shared by Mary Lee!
Remember… an apple a day keeps the doctor away (even when sliced and simmered in butter, sugar and cinnamon REALLY)
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. milk
1/4 tsp. salt
8 Tbsp. butter or margarine, divided
3 or 4 tart apples
3 Tbsp. granulated sugar (or to taste, depending on the apples)
Cinnamon-sugar (3 Tbsp. granulated sugar mixed with 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 450 while preparing batter. Beat eggs in medium bowl; add flour, milk, and salt, and beat. Slightly lumpy batter makes a light pancake.
Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in large oven-proof skillet. Pour batter into skillet and immediately place in preheated 450 oven; bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temp. to 350 and bake 10 minutes longer, until crisp and golden.
While pancake bakes, prepare apples. Peel, core, and cut apples into thin slices. Melt remaining 6 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet. Sauté apples with sugar in butter for five minutes or less, just until crisp tender. Set aside.
Remove baked pancake from oven. Transfer apples with slotted spoon and place onto half of pancake surface. Fold pancake in half. Pour butter from skillet over pancake. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon-sugar. Cut pancake in wedges and serve with lemon.
(I kind of screwed this part up…I put the apples on top of the pancake and pored the syrup from the cinnamon, sugar and butter over the pancake instead of folding it. I also added the cinnamom too soon but next time I will sprinkle it gently on the folded pancake. I promise!)