Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
As everyone knows on Wednesday we got snow! Macon only got about 1 to 2 inches but my mom and dad that live only an hour north got seven inches. That's not a lot to most people but to us that's a heck of a lot. The most I can remember was when I was in the 3rd or 4th grade and we got 5 inches. So Wednesday night with the snow falling down, the gas logs burning, and Allie watching Mickey Mouse I thought I would make a Dutch Baby. A Dutch Baby, or as some call it a German Pancake, is somewhere between a souffle and a popover. It's a little denser and most custard like than a real pancake but I promise it's pretty darn good. Back a couple of years ago now I posed a recipe for Apple Skillet Cake which is basically an apple dutch baby but I just wanted simple the other night. I did make stewed apples to go on top and sauteed' up some little smokies to go with it.
All you'll need for this are a few ingredients and either a hand mixer, blender, or stick blender. These are great to fix up for supper or breakfast and look fairly impressive when you pull them out of the oven. Serve warm with syrup, powered sugar, or like I did with fruit. Anyway you make it they are good! They come in many variations, but this is the most simple and basic way I have found to make one. I've had the recipe for three or four years now and I didn't write down where it came from, sorry!
Simply Basic Dutch Baby
1/2 cup milk - room temperature
2 eggs - room temperature
4 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons sugar
Preheat oven to 375. Put two tablespoons of butter in an 8 inch black skillet and place in the oven to heat and melt the butter.
While the butter is melting, with a mixer or blender blend the milk and eggs until foamy. To this mixture add the flour, salt, and sugar and blend well for another minute or so. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and lastly add the butter and vanilla to the batter blending again for a minute or so. The blending process puts air into the batter and makes the final product light and fluffy. Batter will be thin. Take the hot skillet out of the oven and swirl the butter around the pan coating it so the dutch baby will not stick. Pour the batter into the pan and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until puffed and the edges are just starting to brown. Serve with syrup or honey or just a dusting of powered sugar is nice as well.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
I was shocked to learn in the Clarion Ledger this morning that Mr. Tom Freeland passed away this past Saturday. I've enjoyed reading his blog North Mississippi Commentor for some time now after stumbling onto it somehow. He covered the length and breadth of politics both local and national as well as throwing out some of his recipes to enjoy. He was a lawyer from Oxford and reading his blog was like listening to a very well read uncle tell you all about the politics of a complicated state like Mississippi. So long and farewell, the Mississippi blogging world just won't be the same without you Mr. Freeland.
|picture from The Clarion Ledger|
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Friday, February 6, 2015
I've been doing some writing and research this week for some upcoming posts. I was very excited to find the answers to some questions and still stumped on some others. I'm hoping to keep up on the posting schedule I've set for myself this year, but with my coworker out on maternity leave until at least March I'm pretty whooped when I get home at night. But, I have so many really nice pictures I'm been editing lately I want to share so we'll soldier on.
Last Saturday was a really nice day. The temp warmed up enough I was able to go ride for a bit and before that I had to go retrieve my ball-cap from a deer stand. I usually have my camera everywhere I go, within reason, and I had it that day as I was walking into the field. I found these really unusual dried wild flowers and had to take a picture. I have no idea what this is. I spent my childhood learning all about the trees and grasses and flowers on our place in Clay County so that's always been a little interest of mine and not knowing what plant this is is driving me slightly insane. I'm learning about the plants in Noxubee County but I still get stumped from time to time. If anyone knows what this is, speak up! I'd love to know. Hope you all have a great weekend and we'll see ya next week. Later my lovelies!
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