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Caramel Apple Pancakes

2012 has been a rough year for me.

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While I will not deny there has been some amazing moments in the past year ( especially when it comes to my blog. I have seen some amazing growth in the past year and for that I am eternally grateful!), and I am more than grateful for the life that I do lead, 2012 has had some hardships that have been tough to overcome.  The year started with the loss of a job I loved and facing the difficulties of unemployment for the first time, the loss of my grandmother and the utter devastation it caused my dad, the frustration of not being able to find a job, the bittersweet loss of  a good friend who moved out of province,  struggled with certain aspects of my health, and dealt with what seems like an ongoing war with some people in my life.

I’ve never been an overly open person, and this little corner of the web has always been my happy place, however there have been points throughout the year where I have struggled to maintain an interest or a happy demeanour,  and have even gone months without baking, something that has always helped me relax and unwind. Fortunately,  I am surrounded by amazing people who love and support me, and give me ambition and inspiration when I have none.

These are my last parting words to 2012: I am glad we are through.

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So, here’s to the new year, and an end to the depressing stuff. To new beginnings and a year focused on making it the most I can. A year I can enjoy the company of those who mean the most to me and who have always supported me ( and my blog :) ) through thick and thin. A year where I can focus on my health and happiness. A year of continued growth and learning and of moving forward. And, most importantly, a year full of cookies and cupcakes (my favourites!).

And to bring in the new year, I give you pancakes!

Well, Mr Ginge brings you pancakes, since this was the result of a craving for pancakes and him searching through the odds and ends in the refrigerator.  Pair them up with some bacon and a tall lass of OJ and you are good to go.

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Caramel Apple Pancakes

serves 4, adapted from allrecipes.com

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup caramel sauce ( we used what we had in the fridge, but you could always use homemade)
  • 3 tsbp melted butter
  • 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Make a large well in the centre and set aside.
  2. In a measuring cup or bowl, combine together the milk, egg, caramel sauce, and butter. Pour into the well and mix until smooth. Let the batter stand about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat up your pan with a bit of butter over medium-high heat. Pour about a 1/4 cup of batter  into the pan for each pancake. Top the pancake with a few slices of apple. Revel in the heavenly smell that is wafting from your kitchen.
  4. When the edges have bubble and are lightly brown around the edges give them a flip and then continue to cook on the other side.
  5. Flip them onto a plate and serve with maple syrup, additional caramel sauce, or a bit of icing sugar.

If you ask me, this is an excellent way to ring in the new year!

- Happy New Year-

Mel, Mr.Ginge and the kitties.

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I linked this recipe up to The Weekend Potluck and Strut Your Stuff Saturday.

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Oatmeal Raisin Bread

I really don’t like raisins.

I remember when we were younger, Mom would send us with the little red boxes of raisins in our lunches. Occasionally, we would eat them, but most often they would end up hidden in the bottom of our backpacks. At any given time, there might be four or five uneaten boxes of raisins.

Because we never actually told her that we didn’t like them, she just kept buying them. That is until one day, she needed to check out school bags (probably for report cards or something) and discovered the hidden stash of raisins. Needless to say we rarely saw raisins in our lunch bags again.

So when the ingredients for this month’s Improv Challenge hosted by Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker were Oatmeal and Raisins, I seriously considered not participating. I could not for the life of me think of something to make that I would actually enjoy and want to share. Until I thought of raisin bread.

Warm, toasty, and slathered in melted butter, it was always a breakfast treat that I looked forward to.

The oats in the bread add wonderful texture and the raisins add just the right amount of sweetness. Liberally laced with cinnamon, this will make you house smell amazing while it’s baking.

Oatmeal Raisin Bread

makes one loaf

  • 1 cup rolled oats ( not instant)
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp dry active yeast
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2-3 cups flour
  1. In a large bowl, pour boiling water over the oats. Add the maple syrup and stir. Let cool to lukewarm ( about 110° F) Add yeast, and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the oil, eggs, salt, cinnamon and raisins. Stirring with a wooden spoon, gradually add the flour until you get a soft and elastic dough. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl,and set in a draft free place. Let rise until doubled in size, about and hour.
  3. Punch down the dough, and turn onto a floured board or counter. Knead in the remaining flour, until you get a smooth dough Shape into a loaf and set into a loaf pan. Let rise for about half an hour, or until it has doubled in size again.
  4. Bake in an oven preheated to 350°F for 35-45 minutes ( the bottom should be golden brown and hollow sounding when tapped)
  5. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
  6. Slice, toast, and slather in butter.

Don’t forget to check out the other great oatmeal and raisin recipes!

- Mel



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I also shared this recipe at Strut Your Stuff Saturday and:

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Amarula French Toast

Sundays, Mr, Ginge and I do breakfast. Occasionally, we go out, but more often one of us gets up, brews some coffee and fixes breakfast.

Usually we stick to classics, like bacon and eggs or pancakes.

This week started as french toast. He was feeling like a “special-coffee” with his breakfast, and busted out the Amarula.

In a late-morning stroke of genius, some of the liqueur found its way in to our breakfast. And my goodness, what a thought it was.

I was quite literally drooling as it cooked.

If you are having guests over for the holidays, this would make a great addition to your brunch spread.

Amarula French Toast.

serves 4

  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 c. Amarula or other cream liqueur ( we think Baileys would be pretty good as well)
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp milk or cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 slices of bread
  • butter for pan.
  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Melt a teaspoon or so of butter to lightly grease.
  2. In a shallow bowl or dish, mix the eggs, Amarula, milk, vanilla and salt.
  3. Dip a couple slices of bread in the eggs, coating each side.
  4. Cook in the skillet, a couple minutes on each side, or until golden brown, adding butter between slices if needed.
  5. Serve immediately with a light dusting of icing sugar and some syrup. ( Mr. Ginge recommends a nice Canadian amber maple syrup)

Bon apetit!

-Mel

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