Sunday, November 17, 2013

On Eating Parenting Crow & Super Fluffy Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Pancakes

So I got called out by Joey the other day on how it generally takes forever for us to get around to doing something he expresses an interest in. For example, it took us something like five or six months after he expressed an interest in going downtown just to walk around and look at the shops and buildings to actually go down there expressly for that purpose. 

We finally made it downtown just to walk
around and look at stuff. :)

I mean, we'd been downtown as a family two or three times in that period to do other things, and probably even walked around a bit, BUT, we did not go on those occasions specifically with the intent to fulfill Joey's objective of *just* walking around to look at stuff.

And even though he's 14, I get it. He's still a kid. And he won't understand for another 15 to 20 years what it means to try to juggle the needs, wants, priorities, schedules and energy levels of five distinct family members, six if you count the separation anxiety having wiener dog. 

All he knows is 180 days from request to fulfillment. Like, THE WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVARRRRR. As if we just haven't been listening for the past half year...

And there really is no explaining to a 14 year old without a relative care in the world but himself what it's like to be a 40 year old with lots of other things to care about to anyone's satisfaction. And you also can't dismiss his feelings. Because that's not what human beings who want good relationships with one another do.

So I gave him the explanation anyways, even though knowing it's not going to sink in for another of his lifetimes or so. But then I also said I'm sorry, and that we'll try harder not to let so much time pass between request and fulfillment in the future.

And to see that generally unheard and misunderstood teenage sulk slyly dissipate from his face was totally worth eating a little parenting crow.

And on a totally unrelated but seasonal note (Joey doesn't even like pumpkin pancakes), another recipe transfer.

Super Fluffy Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Pancakes (Small Batch)
Makes 6 roughly 5-inch diameter pancakes
Time: About 30 minutes


This recipe is just a variation of my standard small batch pancake recipe, but the addition of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg make it perfect for the season.

Also a scrumptious way to sneak the high fiber and Vitamin A content of pumpkins into unsuspecting mouths. (Just not Joey's. :P)

To make 6 roughly 5.5" diameter pancakes combine the following in a mixing bowl and whisk until everything is completely and evenly incorporated:

- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons yogurt or sour cream or creme fraiche
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons canned pumpkin

Then sift in:

- 2/3 cup All Purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (or alternatively to the two spices, just add 1/3 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice)

And add:

- 1 Tablespoon butter, melted

And whisk again just until the batter is thoroughly incorporated and smooth.

Then on a well buttered griddle or nonstick pan brought up to medium heat, pour the batter in generous 1/4 cupfuls, using the underside of your measuring cup to spread the pancakes out to a roughly 5.5" diameter (it's a thick batter) and let them cook for roughly 3 minutes before flipping and letting them cook another 60 seconds or so.




Because this is a thick batter, it won't bubble like regular pancake batter, so instead of using the bubbles as an indicator to flip, just try flipping at the 3 minute mark and if you can fairly easily shimmy your spatula under the whole pancake without cracking it, you're good to flip.


Enjoy! :)

shinae

Full cooking album HERE.

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