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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hannah's Pancakes and Tomatillo Eggs

My friend Jacob was in town for the weekend and crashed at my place on Saturday. We made an awesome dinner that night (roasted turnips, parsnips and carrots with spicy roast chicken) and then brunched the next day. I made pancakes with cinnamon apples and Jacob put together an onion and roasted tomatillo omelette. The tart tomatillos went really well with the sweet onions. The only thing I would have added would have been cheese. Maybe some Oaxaca?

Hannah's Pancakes
from Epicurious

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole milk
4 large eggs, separated
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) or more unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
Additional melted butter
Pure maple syrup

Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in large bowl to blend. Whisk milk and egg yolks in medium bowl to blend. Whisk milk mixture into dry ingredients. Add 2 tablespoons melted butter and whisk until batter is smooth.

Beat egg whites in another medium bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff but not dry. Fold whites into batter in 2 additions. Heat nonstick griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Brush generously with additional melted butter. For each pancake, fill 1/4 cup measuring cup half full and drop batter onto griddle. Cook pancakes until bottoms are brown, about 3 minutes. Using spatula, turn pancakes over and cook until bottoms are brown and pancakes are cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer to plates. Serve warm with syrup.

Cinnamon Apples by kitchenplay

3 apples, diced
2 tbls. sugar
About 1 tbls. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
Some grated orange rind and a generous squeeze of fresh orange juice.

Cover apples with water in a medium saucepan. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Let simmer on medium-low heat till most of the liquid is reduced and apples are soft.

Tomatillo and Onion Omelette
1 large onion, diced
3 tomatillos, dehusked and rinsed
6 eggs

Caramelize onions in butter with some sugar. Roast tomatillos*. Fold into an omelette, however you like to cook an omelette.

* Preheat broiler. Place tomatillos on a tray and heat in broiler till tender with some charred spots. Let cool and then dice.

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