Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mini Puffed Pancakes

4 eggs
3 Tbs. oil
1 ½ cups milk
1 ½ cups flour
½ tsp. salt

Pre-heat oven to 400°. In bowl beat eggs, then add the rest of the ingredients. Mix until smooth Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray or brush with melted butter. Fill muffin wells ¾ full. Bake mini muffins about 15 minutes or regular-sized muffins about 20 minutes in a 400° oven.

Top with or dip in maple syrup, berry sauce, powdered sugar, or whipped cream.

Berry Sauce:
6 large frozen (straw)berries
3 Tbs. berry jam (I used raspberry)
sugar to taste, if needed
If using frozen berries, place berries and jam in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for about 1 minute. Use a fork to stir and mash everything together (cut strawberries if necessary), or place everything in a blender and pulse a few times until desired consistency is reached.

This is a slightly tweaked version of the recipe I found at Our Best Bites. I have a bit more egg in mine, some oil, and it's a bigger recipe to feed all my kiddos! I basically followed my German Pancake recipe and cut back on the egg some. We LOVED this recipe and it's so very easy, fun, beautiful, and DELICIOUS!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate "Zucchini" Cake using Yellow
Crookneck squash instead of zucchini
½ cup shortening*
½ cup oil
1 ¾ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup sour milk**
2 ½ cups flour
4 Tbs. cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. cloves

½ tsp. salt

¼ cup chocolate chips
¼ cup chopped nuts (optional)
2 cups grated zucchini

Cream shortening, oil, and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, and sour milk. Mix well. Sift together dry ingredients and combine with wet mixture. Stir in chocolate chips, nuts, and zucchini. Spread in a greased 9x13 cake pan. Bake at 325° for 45 minutes. Very tasty. Enjoy!

You could add frosting to this if you'd like, but we never have and love it as is. Also, my kids don't realize that there is zucchini in this and once they're old enough to figure it out, they've never cared! Yummy!

*I use coconut oil instead of shortening now.

**If you don't have sour milk, you can sour some by putting a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice in a measuring cup and adding enough milk to make the ½ cup you need. Let it sit for five minutes or so to let it curdle.

This recipe is from my grandma, Catherine Fox.