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Fluffy Pancake, grandma, you rock!

May 29, 2009

My kids love waking up to the smell of brown butter and sugar. I make this recipe at least once a week. My grandma, “Sittee” in Arabic, was a rock star of a cook. She was featured in the local Chicago papers for her Lebanese cooking. DSC06264This was once of our favorites when we were kids. She would make it in a large, black cast iron pan. We would watch the batter come to life and balloon into golden brown mountains of sweet pleasure. We would stare at the bottle of syrup and then back at the window of the oven waiting with anticipation. My kids aren’t quite that excited but they love it just as much!

You have got to try this. It is so simple!

In a medium bowl mix 2 eggs, ½ Cup milk, ½ Cup flour, 2 TB sugar and a large pinch of salt (Sittee didn’t use salt but I can’t resist the sweet/salt balance). Whisk gently just until batter is smooth. In a baking dish melt ¼ stick of butter in a 400 degree oven until it goes noisette (lightly brown, smells like sweet roasted nuts). Sittee didn’t do this either but I love the depth of flavor the brown butter gives it!). When the butter is ready pour in the batter and put it back in the oven for 15 minutes. Watch it rise! If you want to get fancy sauté a little finely chopped ginger and five spice in butter, add some syrup to it and use that on top.

Eat well, enjoy life, be happy.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Katherine M Homerding permalink
    June 6, 2009 7:44 am

    Jeff,

    The pancake was so good. I added a touch of cinnamon with the butter and then a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on top after baking…my kids and I loved it! Only complaint was it didn’t make enough 🙂
    Kate

    • Jeffrey Saad permalink
      June 7, 2009 7:14 am

      Sounds great. Well done! Thank you.

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