pannenkoeken

We have very unique recipes in my family.  Recipes I used to think of as “normal” but not ones that many other people would eat on a regular basis.  Johnny Cake (aka a sweeter cornbread) with baked beans + hot dogs, crazy pancakes (might have to re-create this at some point), Hungarian Goulash, Chipped Beef on Toast with peas… I could go on but I’ll refrain.  When my sister and I were no longer little kids, she took over most of the cooking so a lot of what we had eaten when we were younger mostly went away.  We would have something every once in awhile, but it was not a common occurrence.  One thing that continued to stay around throughout life was Pannenkoeken (I think that’s how you spell it?).  We would often have it after church when we were visiting the grandparents.  Grandpa would slice up a bunch of apples, cook them with a whole stick of butter, and then top it with an eggy, cakey topping.  All topped off with cinnamon, sugar, and of course maple syrup!  (Just hopefully not the water + maple extract that was once served… don’t ask) Last Saturday was our first trip to the apple orchard so naturally we were thinking of something to cook for breakfast with apples!  Luckily, my sister had a good memory and thought of the delicious pannenkoeken of yesteryear.  One major change was no gluten and way less butter (or butter substitute).  We also made it in four individual dishes from Crate&Barrel, but you could easily make it in a 9×13″ baking pan.

Pannenkoeken

  • 4t butter (or equivalent)
  • 2-3 apples
  • cinnamon (+sugar if you wish)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 c millet flour
  • 3/4 c sorghum flour
  • optional toppings: cinnamon+sugar, maple syrup, powdered sugar
1.  Preheat the oven to 425′.
2. Place 1t of butter per dish and place in the oven to melt.
3. Core and slice the apples and layer on the bottom of the dish.  Sprinkle with cinnamon+sugar (or just cinnamon) and ~1t water and bake for 10 minutes.
4. Mix the remaining ingredients and pour over the partially cooked apples.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.
6. Top with the toppings of your choice!
This recipe really brought me back.  I did not think it was actually going to be similar to what I had been used to, but it really was.  The cooked apples in the bottom make the entire thing so flavorful and delicious, and I think apples and maple syrup is one of my favorite combinations!  We each ate one of these for breakfast on Sunday morning and then heated up the other ones in the oven on Monday morning as a special Monday treat!

It’s so nice knowing that I don’t have to feel deprived from family memories revolving around food.  Although I’ll have to work on my grandma’s sugar cookie cutout recipes before Christmas!  Not sure how I’m going to survive without hers… ;).

meatless monday: chickpea cider stew

I have said it before, but I will say it again, Fall is my favorite season.  The weather is perfect and the flavors are the best.  Apples and pumpkin are definitely high on my list of favorite flavors and they both make an appearance throughout my eats the entire year.  You know what they say, “An apple a day…”.  One thing that I don’t quite have the appetite for in summer is thick soups and stews.  It’s just not the same eating it in the air conditioning than it is when you’re eating it to help stay warm ;).

Well, today is an air-conditioning type day, but last week fall was upon us and my craving for all things apple came on full force!  Luckily we made a trip to a local apple orchard this weekend to stock up and we have our first bushel of apples in the kitchen.  Since it’s Meatless Monday, I thought (well, this was actually Kinley’s idea but I made it haha) that having apples as the center of a meal would be delicious.  In the past, we’ve made a crockpot stew featuring meat, but chickpeas became the star of the show tonight and they were incredible.

Chickpea Cider Stew

  • 1 1/2 c dry chickpeas, rinsed and picked through in case of small stones
  • 2 apples, cored and chopped
  • 6-8 yukon gold potatoes, chunked into large pieces
  • 5-6 whole carrots, sliced
  • 2t salt
  • 3 c apple cider
  • 2 c vegetable broth
1. In a large crockpot, layer all ingredients from top-down.  I left the peels on everything and you would never notice.
2. Place crockpot on low for 8-10 hours, or until chickpeas are tender.

The chickpeas cook in the cider and soak up the delicious, sweet flavor.  The apples completely cook down so just their flavor is left and the potatoes and carrots are perfectly tender.  It was nice to start off with dry chickpeas (read: no prep) and end up with a deliciously cooked and flavored meal!  I was worried before I left that it was going to end up boiling over since it was so full – I even drove home at lunchtime to take a peek!  Luckily, it was for nothing (well, I got to see Croz for a couple minutes 😉 ).  The stew didn’t cook over, the chickpeas just displaced some of the liquid.  It was a perfect weeknight meal!  Extremely easy prep in the morning as well – you can even have everything chopped up and ready to throw together in the morning!   (Just be sure to NOT soak the beans in anything overnight – the cooking process is enough to rehydrate the dry beans).

fruit with flair

Fruit salsa is surprisingly easy to make, and yet it seems like we never get around to making any!  This recipe is a variation of one that we have had at a few Pampered Chef parties – usually featured because the Pampered Chef Food Chopper makes this recipe a snap.  Don’t have a food chopper?  I’m sure it’ll work just fine to chop your fruit up into small pieces, it just might take a little bit longer.

Simple Fruit Salsa

  • 2 apples
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • zest & juice of one orange
  • 1T any fruit preserves (we used cherry)
  • a splash of lime juice
  • honey to taste (depending on sweetness of your fruit – add last if needed)

1. Wash your fruit

2. Chunk your fruit up to fit in the food chopper.

3. Chop everything in small batches and combine it all together in a bowl.

4. Add in the orange zest & juice, preserves and lime juice.  Mix well and add honey if necessary.

This also made a wonderful topper on my morning bowl of oats.  I also had some as an afternoon snack with some rice crackers – it’s so good!