I love baking and cooking! Join me as I explore new recipes, old favorites, and healthier options.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fruity German Pancakes

We have a new favorite recipe.
It's a breakfast food, but we often eat if for dinner.
When I was growing up,
we'd eat these pancakes (the non-fruit variety)
every Christmas morning,
so they were called "Christmas Morning Pancakes".
Now we love this old/new recipe with some fruit added.
With no sugar in the pancake itself,
it's easy to control the sweetness.
German Pancakes

6 Tbsp. butter
sliced fruit
(our favorites are apples or peaches – peeled and thinly sliced, but I'm dying to try strawberries or blueberries)
brown sugar
8 large eggs
2 cups flour
2 cups milk
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 400.  Melt butter in 9X12 pan in oven.  Sprinkle pan with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Lay sliced fruit into pan.

Beat remaining ingredients.  Pour into cake pan.  Bake 30-35 minutes, or until browned.  Serve warm with lemon juice and powdered sugar.

We have several tiny shakers.
I fill them part-way with powdered sugar and give each child one.
Sometimes they shake them on, but sometimes they resort to eating the sugar straight from the shaker.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

What are your comfort foods?
On my short list I'd include
Chicken Broccoli Casserole,
a childhood favorite.
Perfect on a cool fall evening.
Thanks for the great recipe, Mom.
Chicken Broccoli Casserole
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (Cooked and chopped)
1 bag frozen broccoli (cooked)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste
cheddar cheese

 Place chicken and broccoli in pan.  Stir soup, mayo, milk, juice, salt, & pepper.  Stir into chicken mix.  Spread evenly in pan.  Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Chicken Noodle Soup

Cold days seem to be begging for a pot of homemade chicken noodle soup.
I love it herb-y and hot with a side of warm, whole-wheat rolls.
Chicken Noodle Soup

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp. minced garlic
1 cup chopped onions
2 chicken breasts, cubed
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup peas
2 cups egg noodles
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. parsley
1 1/2 tsp. sage
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. thymne
1/4 tsp. paprika

Heat oil in large pot.  Add garlic and onions.  Cook until browned.  Add chicken.   Saute until cooked.  Add chicken broth and water.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium (or until soup is softly boiling).  Add remaining ingredients.  Cook until noodles are soft, adding water as necessary.