Cinnamon Pancakes with Glazed Pears

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.


Cinnamon Pancakes with Glazed Pears
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Cinnamon Pancakes with Glazed Pears
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Ingredients
Dry ingredients for pancakes
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Wet ingredients for pancakes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
Glazed Pears
  • 1 hosui pear sliced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 mandarin orange
Servings:
Instructions
Pancakes
  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Then, add the yogurt, milk and egg to the dry mixture. Thoroughly mix these ingredients.
  3. To fry the pancakes, heat a frying pan on low heat. Add oil or butter, and 1/4 cup of pancake batter. Allow the pancakes to cook and repeat this process until all of the batter is used.
  4. Set the pancakes in a microwave or oven, without heat. This will allow the pancakes to stay warm.
Pears
  1. To prepare the pears, peel the skins and cut around the core of the pear. Thinly slice the pear and place them in a bowl.
  2. Coat the pears with half of the orange and the sesame oil.
  3. Heat a frying pan on medium heat, and add the butter. Add the pears and the brown sugar. Allow the pears to simmer for two-three minutes.
  4. Serve the pancakes and the glazed pears.
Recipe Notes

*** Make the pancakes before the pears. You want the pears to be hot when served***

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Fluffernutter Cupcakes

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.


Fluffernutter Cupcakes
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A fun cupcake made with marshmallows.
Servings
6 cupcakes
Cook Time
21 minutes
Servings
6 cupcakes
Cook Time
21 minutes
Fluffernutter Cupcakes
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A fun cupcake made with marshmallows.
Servings
6 cupcakes
Cook Time
21 minutes
Servings
6 cupcakes
Cook Time
21 minutes
Ingredients
Fluffernutter Cupcake
  • 1/2 cup cake flour Plus two tablespoons of cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons oil I used sunflower oil. The oil should be flavorless.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
Peanut Butter Buttercream
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 200 grams unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Fluffernutter Cupcake
  1. Preheat your oven to 177 degrees Celsius, or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Top each cup of batter with three to five mini-marshmallows.
  6. 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.
  7. Allow them to cool for about ten minutes before frosting them.
Peanut Butter Buttercream
  1. *Mise en place your ingredients.
  2. Add the butter, peanut butter and half of the sugar to the bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until they begin to cream.
  3. 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.
  4. Once the cupcakes are cooled, place the frosting in a piping bag and pipe it onto the cupcakes.
  5. Optional: Add a mini-marshmallow on top of each cupcake.
Recipe Notes

* 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 .

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream

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.

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Cranberry Orange Muffins

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.


Cranberry Orange Muffins
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Cranberry Orange Muffins
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Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil you can also use vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups full fat milk
  • 1 orange juiced
  • 1/2 orange zested
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
Servings:
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