Since we arrived in China, I have been craving pancakes. Pancakes are hard to come by in China, so if you’re craving them, you have to make them at home. In my opinion, pancakes should be everywhere in the world, because they are sweet and scrumptious. I don’t eat or make them often, but when I do, I like to try new flavors.
Due to my limited knowledge of spices that are available in China, and ones that would go well with pancakes, I chose to use my favorite spice, cinnamon. Cinnamon is a very versatile spice, and it reminds me of Fall. In my opinion, cinnamon just adds positive notes to a dish.
So, why glazed pears for this dish instead of apples? Well, yesterday I went to the grocery store, and I was set on buying some “apples”. I don’t really eat apples here, because they are a little pricey. While at the grocery store, I saw some “apples” on sale for less than a dollar per kilo. Little did I know that they actually weren’t apples. They were Hosui pears. The pears were light in color, so I thought they were Golden Delicious apples. Anyway, I had to change my original recipe from ” Glazed Apples” to ” Glazed pears”. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. The pears added a flavor the was crisp and sweet.
A few months ago, I watched a video on YouTube that featured a woman who makes protein pancakes everyday for breakfast. I thought that was a great idea for breakfast. Who wouldn’t want to eat pancakes every day? I did a little research and found some recipes online. Most of them called for protein powder or had a ridiculous amount of ingredients that I didn’t have or couldn’t afford.
After a some failed attempts and convenience store breakfasts, I decided to try to create my own protein pancake recipe. I found whole wheat flour and flax meal at Kaldi, a supermarket chain in Japan, for under 500 yen. I knew that ground flax meal could be used instead of whole eggs and that it was a great plant-based protein option. Also, whole wheat flour is better for you then bleached white flour.
My first attempt was pretty successful. I enjoyed the nuttiness of the flax meal. Plus, using soy milk instead of dairy milk made the pancake more appetizing and less like a treat. However, they were a little dense. I knew I needed to fix this before I could post it on the blog. I found out that if you use too much flax meal, then it will thicken whatever you are making. For example, your pancake batter will be too thick and you’ll have to add more milk to the batter. I applied this tip to my second the second round. The second attempt was the best. The ratio of soy milk to flax meal was good and resulted in a pancake that wasn’t dense.
I’m really happy to have created a protein pancake recipe that isn’t terribly expensive and can be eaten every day. If you attempt this recipe, don’t be afraid to add to the original. I think they would be really good with bananas, chia seeds or peanut butter. The pancakes last for up to five days in the fridge.
Have you tried making protein pancakes?
If so, what are your tips for making them healthy and delicious?
A fluffernutter is a sandwich made with marshmallow cream and peanut butter. I really like fluffernutters. I think they are better than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They are definitely sweet, but I think it’s worth trying if you’ve never had one.
There isn’t an amazing story to why I chose to make these cupcakes. I had peanut butter frosting and two bags of mini-marshmallows leftover from Christmas. I hate wasting food, and I don’t eat marshmallows that often. So, I thought why not create a cupcake that tastes like one of my favorite sandwiches.
1/2cupcake flourPlus two tablespoons of cake flour
2tablespoonswhite granulated sugar
3tablespoonsoilI used sunflower oil. The oil should be flavorless.
Peanut Butter Buttercream
1/2cupcreamy peanut butter
Preheat your oven to 177 degrees Celsius, or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
First, place the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and combine them with a spoon. If your brown sugar clumps in the mix, separate it with your fingers.
Next, push your dry ingredients to the side of the bowl creating a well for your wet ingredients. Add the oil, egg, milk and extract to the dry ingredients. Mix them together with a whisk.
Take a well greased muffin tin, or place six cupcake liners in your muffin tin, and pour three spoonfuls of batter into each cup or liner.
Top each cup of batter with three to five mini-marshmallows.
Place the tin in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. To know if the cupcakes have been fully baked, insert a toothpick in the middle of each cupcake, pull it out and if it comes out "clean", meaning no batter is left on the toothpick, they are ready. If it does not come out clean, bake the cupcakes in two minute intervals until they are thoroughly baked.
Allow them to cool for about ten minutes before frosting them.
Peanut Butter Buttercream
*Mise en place your ingredients.
Add the butter, peanut butter and half of the sugar to the bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until they begin to cream.
Next, add a little milk and sugar. Continue to whisk the ingredients together. Repeat this step until the buttercream is your desired level of texture and sweetness.
Once the cupcakes are cooled, place the frosting in a piping bag and pipe it onto the cupcakes.
Optional: Add a mini-marshmallow on top of each cupcake.
* Mise en place is a French culinary term. It means that you should measure out your ingredients and place them in separate bowls or containers. This will allow you to work quickly and efficiently.
* Make sure to place your egg and milk on your counter about ten minutes before you start cooking. This will allow the batter and buttercream to have even textures. You can learn more about this here .
Baking is slowly becoming a hobby of mine. I’m learning more about how to properly bake and how to master simple recipes. I’ve been trying to create new recipes that could become my go-to recipes when I need to make something for a gathering, or just for myself. One thing that I’ve learned about myself through baking is that I love to recreate flavors or make colorful baked goods.In this recipe, I paired two familiar ingredients together( peanut butter and chocolate) to create a fluffy and salty-sweet cupcake.
I love muffins but they are difficult to find in China. I’ve only found them at western establishments and westernized bakeries. When I used to bake muffins at home, they would always turn out dry or the flavor would be weird. I tried making healthy muffins but they were always so dense. What’s the point in eating a muffin if it’s not going to taste going to taste good?
The fall weather always inspires me to bake more and to try new things. I decided to make cranberry and orange muffins. I found a simple recipe for muffins on The Kitchn’s website. If you don’t know, I love their website. They feature so many tutorials on the most basic foods. It’s really great if you want to try something new but don’t know where to start. I think it’s very easy to get wrapped up in the world of food blogs and pretty food pictures but have no idea where to begin.
I took The Kitchn’s recipe and added dried cranberries,fresh orange juice and cinnamon. I’ve been enjoying learning about spices and flavor combinations lately. I thought that a semi-spiced muffin mixed with something acidic, sweet and tart would taste good. These muffins have a pungent orange flavor, so if you would like them a little less orange, I suggest you remove the orange zest. For a more spiced muffin, try adding an extra teaspoon of cinnamon.
You can find steps at The Kitchen’s website. The measurements for the cranberries and orange are in the recipe box below.Lastly, I used a few different ingredients to get a different flavor and texture of muffin, but you if you don’t have the same ingredients, use what you have.