Thursday, February 16, 2012

Apple Bacon Pancakes

Imagine if you will, coming home after a long day of work. Your cute little menu board says it's breakfast for supper day. So you get the bacon out, grab your recipe for apple-bacon pancakes, and gather the rest of your ingredients.

You put the bacon in the oven to bake. Your bacon-loving spouse "magically" finds his way to the kitchen. You tell him to keep out of the bacon (just like the mom tells the dad to stay out of the turkey on A Christmas Story). You tell him what you are making for supper. What do you think his reply will be?

"YOU CAN DO THAT?! You are putting the bacon IN the pancakes?!"

Yes, yes you can. And it is delicious!

I found a recipe for apple-bacon pancakes and decided to adapt it to my gluten free lifestyle. They are. Amazing. They are sweet and savory. A perfect pancake in my little world.

You can easily use a traditional pancake batter in place of gluten free. The original recipe makes the pancakes from scratch, but I took the shortcut where I could.

Here's to you and your culinary adventures friends. Cheers!

Apple- Bacon Pancakes with Apple Cider Syrup
Makes 4-6 servings (About 12 pancakes)

1/2 cup apple cider
2 TBS brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp corn starch

1 batch  Namaste Gluten Free pancake mix, prepared according to the package*
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 medium apple, cored and diced small
4 slices center cut maple bacon, cooked and crumbled

To prepare the syrup: Whisk together the cider, brown sugar, lemon juice, and corn starch in a small pan. Bring to a simmer. Allow to cook 1-2 minutes until thickened. Set aside.

For the pancakes: Combine prepared pancake batter, baking powder, apple, and crumbled bacon. Ladle onto griddle over medium heat. Once the bottom is golden, flip and finish cooking. Repeat with remaining batter. (I can fit between 4-5 cakes on my griddle at time, I just pile them up on a plate and keep it covered with a clean towel until I'm ready to serve.)

Serve with warm apple cider syrup.

*One batch of this mix makes six 4 inch pancakes, but we are turning it into 12 of our apple-bacon cakes

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