Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Okay okay okay. Words. Right. I remember words. I used to be able to string them together into charming little sentences that made people smile or laugh or feel. Man, those were the days.

I saw snow for the first time in at least six years. It was absolutely breathtaking while I was bundled up in my cozy Victorian flat watching it slowly cover the ground through my bay window. I was mesmerized. I couldn’t bring myself to close the curtains. It wasn’t until the next day when I had to walk miles in the snow and stand outside in somewhat inappropriate shoes for a few hours that I remembered why I had been a tropical girl for the last six years. I think I may have gone into shock. Okay, maybe not, but it was unbelievably cold for what I had to wear.

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You know what’s better than standing in the snow? Pancakes! And what’s better than plain old pancakes? Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes, of course. It’s your favorite muffin transformed into your favorite breakfast and slathered in butter and syrup. Come on, you guys. You know you want this.

If you’re nervous about making pancakes from scratch, just let go of your apprehensions right now. It does take a bit more time, but the outcome is totally worth it. This recipe creates tender and brightly tart pancakes that will definitely perk up your morning. Unless you’re like me and  you eat them for dinner. In which case, you’re probably a genius.

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I remember when I thought 70 degrees was cold. I was so very wrong. But I am totally right about Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes. They’re awesome.

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes
Serves 3
Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes are light, bright, and wonderful for breakfast.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon sugar
  2. 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  3. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  4. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 cup buttermilk
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. Juice of half a lemon
  11. 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  12. 1 tablespoon poppyseeds
  13. A drizzle of oil for frying
  14. Butter and maple syrup, to serve
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, add the sugar and grate the lemon zest on top of it. Use your fingers to rub the lemon zest and sugar together.
  2. In a large bowl, gently whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the lemon sugar.
  3. In a separate container, whisk together buttermilk, egg, vanilla, lemon juice, and melted butter.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold quickly but gently to combine. Fold in the poppy seeds. Allow your batter to rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Heat a skillet or griddle to medium heat and drizzle in a bit of oil. Use a paper towel to wipe the oil around the pan so the whole thing is covered with a thin film. Scoop in about a third of a cup of batter at a time to make your pancakes. Cook about two to three minutes per side.
  6. Stack your pancakes on a plate and cover them with a clean dish towel while you cook off all your pancakes.
  7. Serve warm with butter and syrup.
Adapted from Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson
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Greek Yogurt Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Greek Yogurt Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Oh my god, you guys, I so don’t want to talk about pancakes right now. All I want to do is lay in my bed and read books forever. My meds ran out last week, but the pain didn’t, so it’s just me and some Tylenol that does nothing trying to get on with life. My body keeps telling me I need to chill the rock out and lay down, but life has other plans. There are jobs to go to and people to feed and errands to run, and none of that is going to wait around for me to get better.

Sorry, I realize this is not awesome. It’ just real life.

Greek Yogurt Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let’s talk about my carb addiction. Bread, pasta, and potatoes are basically my favorite foods. The only “vegetable” I really like is corn, which guess what, is actually just grass, aka carbs. It’s not vegetarians who have a hard time getting enough protein, it’s carboholics.

So I went ahead and stuffed some extra protein into some bread by making these Greek Yogurt pancakes. They’re easy to make and bonus, they taste super awesome. The Greek Yogurt makes for a denser pancake, but it’s also kind of creamy in the middle. They have a deeper flavor than your average pancake, too. I’m into it.

Greek Yogurt Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I hope your summer is splendid, full of pancake breakfasts, running through the sprinklers, and bubbly wine. I hope you’re livin’ it. Have some extra fun for me. I’ll be napping.

Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Serves 2
Greek Yogurt Pancakes give you your favorite breakfast treat with a boost of extra protein.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1 cup Greek yogurt
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 2 tablespoon milk
  8. Butter for greasing the pan
Instructions
  1. Put a medium skillet over medium heat to make sure your pan is well heated before you start your griddling action.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar,and baking soda to combine.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, eggs, vanilla, and milk until well combined.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and use a rubber spatula to fold them together until just blended. A few lumps are not the end of the world.
  5. Add a small pat of butter to your hot pan and spread it around with your pancake flipper. Scoop 1/3-1/2 cup of pancake batter into your hot pan. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, then flip quickly and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until brown and lovely.
  6. Repeat with additional pancake batter. Serve with butter and syrup and awesomeness.
Adapted from Macheesmo
Adapted from Macheesmo
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Bacon Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bacon Pancakes

Bacon Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Geoff insisted that we make you some pancakes since Pancake Day is coming up on Tuesday. The question naturally became what type of pancakes do you want to make? I bet you can guess the answer he gave. “I don’t know.” #facepalm

Bacon Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We get caught in this loop on a regular basis. What do you want to do? I don’t know, what do you want to do? Please tell me we’re not alone? I guess the best option whenever you’re unsure about anything is probably bacon. Or at least, it worked this time. Pancakes and bacon are a classic combination, so why not just put them together into one dish.

All you have to do is sprinkle some crispy bacon into your pancakes before you flip them. This works with pretty much anything, but bacon is probably the awesomest. Make your favorite pancake batter, no one cares if it comes from a box. Fry up some bacon until crispy. Cook your pancakes in the same pan you made that bacon in. It’s just so much goodness.

Bacon Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Do you have any Mardi Gras/Pancake Day traditions? In my opinion, breakfast for dinner is way better than beads. If I can have milk punch with my pancakes, I’m pretty much in heaven. Let’s celebrate.

Bacon Pancakes
Serves 2
Your favorite pancakes get made extra awesome by cooking crumbled bacon right inside.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 slices bacon
  2. Enough of your favorite pancake batter for two people
Instructions
  1. Put a medium skillet over medium heat. Cut your bacon slices with scissors into 1/2 inch pieces. Cook the bacon, stirring frequently until crispy. Remove bacon pieces to a paper towel lined plate.
  2. Pour out the excess bacon grease, but don't bother to clean your pan. We're going to cook our pancakes right in that tasty bacon grease.
  3. Mix up your favorite pancake batter, and scoop your desired amount into your bacon greased slick pan. Sprinkle some bacon pieces onto the uncooked top of your pancake. Cook two to three minutes a side. Repeat until you run out of batter.
  4. Top with butter and maple syrup.
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Dutch Baby Bunny | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Dutch Baby Bunny

Dutch Baby Bunny1

When I was a teenager, every year I looked forward to the Christmas brunch party thrown by m dance teacher for her student assistants. Patty, my dance teacher, adored Christmas, so much so that her guest bathroom was decorated for the holiday 365 days a year. She always had the biggest Christmas tree I’ve ever seen, and her walls were completely covered with Christmas stocking. It was magical.

Dutch Baby Bunny | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

She also served an amazing breakfast that included Dutch Baby Bunnies. These are eggy oven pancakes that puff up with you pour them into a hot pan of melted butter. They’re a bit like Yorkshire pudding or a pancake version of a popover. Also, they’re completely delicious.

The versatility of this recipe adds to the fun. You can add in little bits of bacon or small pieces of chopped up fruit. You can top them with syrup or cooked fruit or sticky sausages. I love food with possibilities. The customization makes this recipe perfect for a party. That and the fact that it’s nearly effortless to make.

Dutch Baby Bunny | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

 

Invite some friends over. Get a pan of butter screaming hot. Make Dutch Baby Bunnies. It’s gonna be awesome.

 

Dutch Baby Bunny
Serves 2
Dutch Baby Bunny is an eggy, puffy, oven pancake of endless possibilities.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  5. 1/2 cup milk
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Put your butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet or other oven-proof pan and put it in the oven to melt the butter. Be careful not to let it burn.
  2. In a medium bowl, gently whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. In a small bowl, beat together the milk and eggs. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently but quickly whisk to combine. Mix until just combined and not a second longer. A few lumps are fine.
  3. Using a pot holder, remove your pan of hot butter from the oven. Pour the batter into the skillet and put it back in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Remove the baby bunny to a serving plate and cut into wedges to serve. Top with your favorite flavors.
Adapted from I'm Just Here for More Food by Alton Brown
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Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pancakes with Brown Butter Blackberry Syrup | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pancakes with Blackberry Brown Butter Syrup

Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pancakes with Brown Butter Blackberry Syrup | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Holiday dinners are great. I love a good feast, especially one with a lot of carby side dishes. But my favorite meal at Christmas has always been breakfast. When I was a kid, we’d wake up early before the sun came up and wait as patiently as a child can for our parents to wake up. We were allowed to open the presents in our Christmas stockings and drink hot chocolate and eat cookies while we waited for our grandparents to arrive. Then we’d have some sort of amazing over the top breakfast. Cinnamon rolls, pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs with cheese, more cookies. Okay, maybe we didn’t have all of those every year, but I remember Christmas breakfast being epic.

Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pancakes with Brown Butter Blackberry Syrup | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Think about putting Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pancakes with Blackberry Brown Butter Syrup on your table for Christmas breakfast, or any breakfast. It’s just a step above the everyday, which makes it special enough for the holidays, but there is practically no added effort. Heat up a few things in a pot. Add some cinnamon to your pancake batter. Simple.

There’s a hit of warmth from the cinnamon, and the sweet and sour blackberry syrup is jewel bright, just like a shiny Christmas ornament. You can make a huge stack of them and keep them warm in the oven. They’re perfect along side your fluffy eggs, crispy bacon, and juicy sausage. I seriously can’t wait until Christmas morning.

Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pancakes with Brown Butter Blackberry Syrup | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Happy holidays friends. It’s gonna be awesome!

Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pancakes with Brown Butter Blackberry Syrup
Serves 2
Lightly spice, hearty whole wheat buttermilk pancakes get topped with sweet and sour blackberry syrup for an extra special breakfast
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
For the syrup
  1. 4 tablespoons butter
  2. 1/2 cup frozen blackberries
  3. 1/4 to a 1/3 cup sugar, depending on how sweet you like your syrup
  4. 1/4 cup water
For the pancakes
  1. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  2. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1-1/4 cup buttermilk
  9. 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
For the syrup
  1. Put the butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat stirring occasionally. Once the butter starts to brown, add the remaining ingredients and cook until the sugar is dissolved. You can turn down the heat to low and let the syrup continue to stay warm until ready to serve. You can strain the syrup before serving or leave the berries in, whichever you like.
For the pancakes
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, gently whisk together whole wheat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Make sure the dry ingredients are well combined.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, and melted butter.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and whisk gently but thoroughly for about 10 seconds. Put down the whisk and set the bowl aside. A few lumps are not the end of the world. Keep mixing and you'll have heavy, chewy pancakes. Leave the batter alone for five minutes
  4. In the meantime, preheat a medium skillet over medium heat. Test it by flicking a drop of water into the pan. If it dances over the surface, it's perfect. If it just sits there steaming, it's too cool. If it evaporates instantly, it's too hot. We want a baby bear pan.
  5. I spray my pan every so lightly with non-stick spray between each pancake. Use a 1/3 cup measure to scoop out the pancake batter into your perfectly heated pan. The batter is thick, so use the bottom of the measuring cup to gently spread and flatten the batter just a bit.
  6. Cook two to three minutes, then flip and cook another two to three minutes depending on how brown you like your pancakes.
  7. Top your stack of pancakes with your blackberry syrup and feel special.
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