Monday, February 11, 2013

David Eyre's Baked Pancake + Our Orphan of the Storm

Our youngest grandson doesn't understand what all the fuss is about.

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Remember General MacArthur's, "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away"? Well, there are also recipes that refuse to die, but unlike the general, they ebb and flow, rather than fade away. David Eyre's famous recipe for baked pancakes can be counted in their number. Craig Claiborne first wrote about the pancake in 1966 following a brunch he enjoyed in the home of Eyre while vacationing in Hawaii. The pancake looks a bit like a Dutch Baby but it is more delicate in flavor and can best be described as a cross between a pancake and a crepe. A simple batter is poured into a sizzling butter bath and baked. While in the oven it poofs to perfection before sinking under its own weight into a thin layer of eggy goodness. This effortless confection has never lost its popularity with those who have tasted it. It is a classic case of once bitten. If you have never made it, I hope you'll give this recipe a try. You, too, will become a convert at first bite. As an aside, David Eyre died in 2008 at the age of 96. His daughter told Amanda Hesser that his last supper was the pancake. I thought his signature pancake would be a perfect feature for Shrove Tuesday.

David Eyre's Baked Pancakes...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of The Essential New York Times Cookbook, Martha Stewart and Food52

1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Pinch of nutmeg
4 tablespoons (one half stick) of unsalted butter
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
Juice of half a lemon

Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine flour, milk, eggs, and nutmeg in a bowl. Beat lightly. Leave batter a little lumpy. Melt butter in a 12-inch skillet with a heatproof handle. When it is very hot, pour in batter. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the pancake is golden brown. Sprinkle with sugar and return briefly to oven. Sprinkle with lemon juice, and serve with jelly, jam, or marmalade. Yield: 2 to 4 servings.

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Pondside said...

I have never tried a baked pancake, but am going to print off this recipe and make it for Valentine's breakfast!

Ginny said...

Your grandson is a real cutie!! I can't wait to make this, and I have pinned both it and the fudge.

Foodycat said...

That's a lot of snow! The pancake looks like just the thing to keep a little man warm.

Merisi said...

May I have both, please?
Your grandson smile like a ray of sunshine.
Glad to know you made it safely through the storm!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

This is a "must try" for me. We love Dutch Babies and Bismarks. And Craig and the NY Times cookbooks were one of my inspirations when I first learned to cook.

Debbie said...

Thank you Mary! I am definitely going to be making looks fabulous!

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

Ha Mary, you have caught up with a bit of the snow we have had her North of Wiarton ! What a sweetie your grandboy is ... to precious. Enjoy your day Mary.

Jenn said...

I can't say that I've ever had a baked pancake before... but from the looks of them, I know I would love them!
And speaking of love... what a great photo of grandson!!!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Wow that snow looks deep.....
I was wondering what pancakes to make tomorrow but I think I will stick to good old Crepe Suzettes with lots of alcohol :-) Keep well Diane

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, my goodness what a sweet, precious smile!! His heart is full of joy. I love it. He knows he is safe in any storm with his parents. =) blessings ~ tanna
ps the panckade looks yummy.

Kay @ The Church Cook said...

Your grandson is an absolute cutie! I can't wait to be a grandma! And the recipe looks fabulous, Mary!

Kim G. said...

That's a lot of snow... For a Quebeker, it's hard to be impress with snow because we happen to have a lot around here, but this is a lot... Perfect to cook a beautiful pancake!

Jenn said...

Such an adorable little face! The pancake looks great too :)

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martine said...

It's also called a Yorkshire pudding and goes just as well with gravy:-)
thanks for sharing

Jeannie Tay said...

I see sunshine in his smile:D First time I see a baked pancake recipe...interesting!

Susan Lindquist said...

Oh boy! What snowy fun! And here come the pancakes! I'm making buckwheat cakes ... but I think I'd prefer these!

From the Kitchen said...

I'm thinking that sweet boy must be somewhere near our sweet boy! Stefan shoveled out almost three feet of snow in Providence on Saturday!! We love our baked pancakes and your's (and David's) sounds delicious.

Have a great week!


Angie's Recipes said...

Lots of snow! My husband complains that we don't get enough snow!!
The baked pancake looks heavenly!

Barbara F. said...

I think I am making this for dinner tomorrow night, have everything except the lemon! Your grandson is adorable! You have a lot of snow there. xo

David said...

Mary, We sure don't miss all of that white stuff! Kids love it though... (Cute Kid!) Love the baked pancakes but I haven't had one since we moved out of Chicago about 3.5 years ago! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Guru Uru said...

So much beautiful snow my friend :D
This dish looks perfect for it :D

Choc Chip Uru

teresa said...

what a little cutie! awww!

i love the pancake, my husband makes something similar, and it's delish!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

What a cutie your grandson is! I think the pancake is begging for something like Nutella on it. Sounds delicious!

The Red Apron said...

What a cutie!
And that's a lot more than what we got.
I would hate to be shoveling that.
Baked pancake sounds delicious.

Joanne said...

I rarely make pancakes because I hate having to stand by the stove while everyone else eats. Solution: right here!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh your grandson is adorable! I have never had a baked pancake but you sure have made me want to try them!

decocinasytacones said...

I hate the snow...okay, perfect for children to play with but to walk in the street is terrible....I have terrible memories from my teenager years, walking early in the morning with the uniform...oh gosh.....but let me tell you that YOUR GRANDSON IS SO HANDSOME that he compensates all the snow in the entire universe...just by the look of his face.
Love from Spain

Marsha said...

We had three of these pancakes for dinner last night (two of us) - and I am quite glad I only used 2 tablespoons of butter per pancake in my cast-iron pan! They are so very easy to make, and so festive and delicious - definitely a keeper!

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