Connie’s kitchen

Connies KitchenBy Connie Emmons

There is nothing more satisfying than a fresh made pancake topped with fresh fruit of the season.  I have never been able to pick out a favorite as I love fresh fruit.  Fresh strawberries or peaches top the list this time of year.  Blueberries are tasty as well but I prefer them inside my pancake instead of on top.  Some fruits do not cook as well inside the pancakes like blueberries do.  Pancakes for dinner are always a hit in our home.  Quick and easy and no heating up the house.   You can always add pecans or your favorite nut, spice or chocolate.

Try a chocolate filled pancake topped with strawberries for a change from the everyday.  Reese’s pieces inside and topped with sliced banana.  Combinations are endless.  This is a family affair around here and everyone gets into the kitchen to create their own masterpiece!  The laughter is contagious as everyone gets to experiment and share their creations with others.  If pancakes are not your favorite you can top your french toast as well.

Sweet cream buttermilk pancakes

3 eggs separated

1/3 cup sugar

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup buttermilk

6 tablespoons melted butter (cooled, but not cold)

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

Beat egg yolks and sugar in bowl until smooth. Whisk in cream, buttermilk and butter until blended.

Stir together dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in wet ingredients. Mix well until the batter is almost smooth (some lumps are OK). Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Stir in 1/4 of beaten egg whites into batter then gently fold in remaining beaten eggs whites into batter. Spray or grease pan and cook until bubbles form on top and bottom is golden then turn over and cook until golden brown on both sides.

Top with your favorite fruit either cold or warmed up such as with peaches.  To make your peach pancakes even better add a little cinnamon or allspice  to your batter and to the peaches.

(Connie Emmons is the owner and chef of the popular restaurant, Connie’s Kitchen, in Seymour, Tennessee. She appears as the frequent guest chef on Knoxville’s Channel 10’s top rated afternoon show, Live at Five at Four. She is also known as the creator of unusual and delicious recipes.)

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