OH BABY!

Imagine a crepe and a custard had a love affair… and then after sitting in a hot cast iron in the oven at 475 degrees for about 18 minutes..they had a baby. A DUTCH BABY that is (also known as a German Pancake.)

Four eggs, a cup of flour, cup of milk, a healthy dab of butter, and a pinch of salt, thats it! These little.. or actually GIANT babies are AH-MAY-ZING! My preferred way of eating them is with lots of powdered sugar, butter, and a squeeze of lemon! If you’re looking to try making one of these yourself then I recommend “Brown Eyed Baker’s” Recipe.

Or you could be lazy like me and head over to Elmer’s. A classic American Style diner that serves these bad boys up just the way I like them. Years ago when I was much younger my parents would take me to the Elmer’s located in Indio (it has since closed down). Dad would get some eggs or such and mom would always get the “German Pancake”. I love the crisp puffy sides the way they billow over the giant plate.

Luckily after moving to Palm Springs I have rediscovered my love affair with the giant. If you haven’t tried one out grab a friend and order one for yourself! Bon Appetite!

When life gives you…

“What about when life gives you bananas?”

When life gives you lemons you make lemonade. This saying means that when you have a bad situation in life you should try to make the best you can from it. But what about when life gives you bananas? If you’ve never seen a banana tree with a bunch of bananas hanging from it you will be surprised at how many of the fruit come from just one bunch. I like to think of bananas representing a good situation in life where if life gives you bananas you should enjoy them to their fullest even up to the end when they become brown and spotted.img_48421

“…if life gives you bananas you should enjoy them to their fullest even up to the end when they become brown and spotted.”

Today’s recipe is a use for those spotted old bananas! Banana bread! I found this recipe online and tweaked it a bit to fit what I like. (As any home cook should do when they find a new recipe)

 

Taking two or three of your very ripe bananas throw them into a bowl with 1/3 cup of butter (preferably melted but mine was room temp soft). Mix them well until bananas are well mashed.

Next Add in 1 teaspoon of baking soda, this is going to make your bread light and springy. Also throw in a pinch of salt, a dash of cinnamon, and 3/4 a cup of sugar. The original recipe said to put a whole cup but I don’t think I need that much. Lastly crack in one egg (I had a turkey egg so why not) and add a splash of vanilla.

Here is where I got a little fancy and decided to sift my 1 1/4 cup of flour into the mixture. By sifting the flour it makes sure that your batter won’t have any lumps and will blend better. Next grab your bread pans and spray them with some cooking oil before filling them with your mixture.

Bake these at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until the bread has cooked thru. Use a toothpick to check that the center is not doughy.

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