I got up late today and because I've eaten eggs every day this past week, I wasn't in the mood for another meal of eggs. The pantry is running low (a shopping trip is definitely in order) and I didn't want to thaw a complete package of meat just for me to eat something, so I decided that I would have pancakes. And, not just pancakes, but pancakes with dried cranberries in them. I had discovered a package of dried cranberries in the pantry a week or so ago (one of my daughter's hoped for concoctions for a meal she'd planned, I'm sure) and decided that would be the perfect solution to my meal dilemma.
I got out the 'complete' pancake mix, put it in the shaker container, added water and shook, added a touch of oil to the non-stick pan (pancakes on a dry non-stick pan just don't work for me), got the cranberries out and turned on the fire under the pan. When the pan was hot, I poured in the first amount of batter, grabbed a few cranberries and sprinkled them liberally over the already bubbling pancake in the pan. Then I flipped it, cooked side two and placed it on my paper plate. I did this two more times. Meanwhile, I was placing dots of butter on the hot pancakes already cooked so it would soften and meld into the cake before I poured the little syrup I use on the top cake only.
Once all the pancakes were plated, buttered and syruped, I took my plate to the table and sat down to enjoy the best pancakes I've had in a while. I'd made some applesauce pancakes last week, but wasn't impressed with the results. But, these were perfect. The cranberries contrasted with the other flavors perfectly. I even have batter leftover to do it again in the morning.
Which reminds me - I need to add pancake syrup to the shopping list. I'd better go do that.
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Suggested Fun Reading:
No Use Dying over Spilled Milk: A Pennsylvania-Dutch Mystery with Recipes
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Crime: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes
Eat, Drink and Be Wary (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery)