Spiced Pear Dutch Baby
Spiced Pear Pancake Recipe
Ava turned 3 months yesterday. She's originally a February babe (February 2nd to be exact) so this is a fun month for us. Yesterday was also Fat Tuesday/Pancake Day/Mardi Gras and I felt pretty festive. Big A (Ava's Dad) went back to work yesterday and it was our first day without him. I wasn't entirely nervous...just missed him :( It's been amazing on our marriage to have him for an entire week and a half. We got to talk about things we've kind of neglected over these last few months. I admire my husband so much--between the military, his full time career in technology and school he's a pretty busy guy. I love his ambition and his ability to constantly challenge himself. Anyways this is about the pancakes and not how cute I think my honey is.
I found this recipe on Pinterest that seemed pretty simple and straightforward. The thing is, I tend not to follow the recipe exactly (says a lot about my life. Ha!). In my German Pancakes, I substituted the apples for 1/2 a pear, skipped the apple cider sauce and made a cranberry sauce (with apple cider) instead. The recipe also calls for 1 tablespoon of sugar, I think I used about 4 or 5.
1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1 1/2 tbsp Brown Sugar
Drizzle of Apple Cider Vinegar
Slice of Demi-salted Butter
Instructions: Melt butter in an iron skillet (I used a pretty sturdy cake pan since we'll be throwing that bad boy in the oven anyways), place the pear in the pan till it starts to brown slightly. Put your sugar, nutmeg and chinese five spice mixture into the pan and splash a little drizzle of ACV in there (as you can tell I don't write recipes much). It will form a light sauce, use a spoon and coat your pear(s) with the sauce for about a minute. Finally, cover with foil and put in the oven at 450F.
I then mixed up my pancake ingredients just as the recipe calls for, except where the recipe calls for 3/4 cup milk I went half and half with vanilla almond milk and whole milk. After I finished mixing everything in, I took out my pear concoction to cool for a few minutes, put it in a plate, saved some of the butter and sauce mixture and cleaned my pan. I then placed the pear back in the pan and poured the mixture in, making sure to get the pancake mix around the pear and not over the pear. Pop it in the oven and follow the recipe (I think it calls for 20-25 minutes in the oven at 450F) Next was the cranberry sauce.
3/4 cup Cranberries (really, you can eyeball this)
4- 5 tbsp Cane Sugar (again I eyeballed this)
3 tbsp ACV
1 tsp Water
For this I threw the sugar and cranberries in the pan on medium heat till the sugar started to gently coat the cranberries and then poured in the ACV and water mixture. Cooked for about 10-15 minutes till cranberries are soft and you have a nice caramelized mixture. I dressed my pancakes with some pistachios and walnuts because, well, if I have pistachios in my pantry it's going on anything and everything.
If you try this recipe, let me know! A lot of this is per your own personal tastes so I say just run with it. I had it last night as well after dinner with a 2 scoops of icecream. DIVINE. And for breakfast, with some chamomile tea. So good. Enjoy!