Cold Day Comfort Food
Colorado weather is pretty random this time of year. For instance, yesterday it snowed. Yeah, 1 May, 2008, snow in Colorado Springs. Lame. Today its not snowing (yet), but its not exactly balmy either.
N. had the day off, and we decided we wanted some comfort food for lunch. We’ve made this recipe (called a puff pancake) before, and it turns out we made the right decision. Plus, I (J.) have been looking for an excuse to season our new cast iron skillet.
Stuff you’ll need for the goodness:
4 large egg
1 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
2-3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
4+ tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 a lemon, juice of
3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
How to cook it:
1 Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
2 In a medium bowl, beat the 3 eggs and milk until well blended. Add the flour and salt; stir until batter is barely blended (the batter should be slightly lumpy).
3 In another bowl, toss apple slices with sugar, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and cinnamon.
4 Melt unsalted butter in a heavy, ovenproof 12-inch cast-iron or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add apple mixture and saute 4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Spread out apples into an even layer; pour batter over apples.
5 Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until pancake is golden brown and puffed.
6 Sprinkle with the juice of half a lemon and dust with confectioner’s sugar. Serve immediately.
Notes to the cook:
This recipe originally had 1/4 less batter than that which I have outlined above. When we made this the first time we decided that it tasted awesome, but that it could have used a little more puff in the puff-pancake.
Also (if you’re looking for a lower fat version), I actually didn’t saute the apples in butter this time, just added a little more lemon juice and sugar. It still turned out really, really good.