Monday, August 31, 2009

Half Awake Ramblings

So I woke up at 3:56 a.m. this morning thinking about the photo I snatched of the Baked Apple Pancake recipe I made yesterday morning. Was it OK that I did that? Well as it turns out not so much. The Baked Apple Pancake was long in mine and Eric's bellies when I decided I was going to write about my yummy breakfast. So I've pulled down the picture of the dish and replaced it with a photo of an apple from my tree. I will make a point to remember to take pictures of the food I make before I dive in to it from now on.

I've noticed from other blogs I've visited followers want to know what sort of camera is used in the photography of food. Well friends, my photos are coming from my iPhone. My real camera saw it's end at a Green Bay Packer vs Dallas Cowboy game last fall. It was the camera or the experience of an icy cold Leinenkugel's at Lambeau Field and well, you know where this is going.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Pears and Apples

I did not plant a garden this year. I am simply not good at it. There are many reasons I fail so miserably as a gardener. First of all if it gets over 75 degrees outside I need to be a) in a lake or b) somewhere with air conditioning. If it's not the heat, I can blame the mosquito's and flies for my dislike of the outdoors in summer. I won't even bore you with my life long issue of starting things and never finishing them. It's not popular to admit you do not like summer. Most people will think you are crazy, especially considering we get so little of it here in Northwestern Wisconsin. Give me that perfect 65 degree day and you will find me happily outside. All of this makes for a very unsuccessful gardener. I do however have some fruit trees that I can count on that don't require my attention. Nothing is required of me but patience for the fruit to appear and ripen. If only gardens were so easy going! So what to do with the lovely apples and pears I will soon be able to harvest? A pear and apple crisp? Perhaps a gratin or a rustic salad. I have a few more weeks to think about it.'s 65 degrees and sunny. I'm going outside.

Something New For Breakfast

A typical Sunday morning for me is waking up early, checking my email, hopping on facebook to see what shenanigans my friends have been up to, getting my coffee and then settling into my favorite chair and perusing food blogs. I have some favorites but every day find new blogs with wonderful recipes and interesting people writing them. Today I ran across a recipe that looked easy and delicious and I had one apple in the fruit bowl. Perfect.

Baked Apple Pancake

1 large apple (or 2 small), peeled and sliced
2 TBS white sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 eggs
1/2 C milk
1/2 C flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 TBS brown sugar
1 TBS butter, cubed

Preheat over to 400F and grease a 9 in. pie pan (or cast iron skillet). In a medium size bowl mix apple slices with sugar and cinnamon and lay in a single layer in the greased pan.

In the same bowl, blend together the eggs, milk, and cinnamon. Add the flour a little at a time, mixing with a whisk as you go. Pour batter over the apple slices and sprinkle the top with the butter cubes and brown sugar.

Bake for 25 minutes. Best enjoyed with bacon a cup of coffee and in a comfortable chair whilst still wearing your pajamas.