Monday, February 2, 2009

The most tasty breakfast

Remember the blog about showering with Grover (the Cleveland surround shower) at the Prairie Queen Bed and Breakfast in Leavenworth?

You're now out of the shower, dressed and ready for the day. You know a Jan Topping breakfast awaits you. What will it be this time? You're hoping the swirly carmelized bacon will be on the plate.

You go down the curved staircase to find owners Bob and Jan in the kitchen. Greetings come first, then the offer of a pot of tea or coffee. But what awaits you at the dining table is not your regular looking pancake. It's a Jan special -- a puffed pancake! Or, you could call it "fruit in a pancake bowl." The camera does not do the dish justice so I'd highly recommend reserving a night at the Prairie Queen complete with a Grover Cleveland shower and one of Jan's delicious breakfasts.

PUFFED PANCAKE recipe with fresh fruite (serves 4)

4 large eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour

Whip these 3 ingredients until fluffy, either by hand or in blender for about 2-3 minutes until smooth. Set aside for at least 20 minutes. This will make approx 4 individual puffed pancakes.

To bake:

Pre-heat oven to 400. Place 1-1/2 half teaspoons of butter in the bottom of 4 oven safe individual size pans or baking dishes. Place in preheated oven until butter melted. Remove from oven and pour equal amounts of batter into each pan. Return to oven and bake 15-20 minutes until puffy and golden brown.

Meanwhile prepare fruit:

1 pint strawberries, sliced
1 tbls raw sugar or regular sugar. (sugar subsitute - to your taste)
1-2 sliced bananas based on size.
1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Mix all these together in bowl. Set aside until pancake ready to serve.

Remove pancakes from oven and transfer to individual plates. Add fruit mixture equally to each pancake. Add preferred amount of Real Maple Syrup. Garnish with whip cream and orange zest or mint.

Jan serves this with either her famous twisted bacon or homemade sausage.

Drool. Go. Call 913.758.1959 now. Ask for Grover and Puffed Pancakes.

Stay at Kansas bed and breakfasts and the experience will help you "Get Kansas!"

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KE #2 Marci Penner

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