Puffed Pancakes with Spiced Pears

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Dear Christmas,

You were amazing this year. Bright and simple. Twinkling with the warmth of happy children and lazy afternoons.

I do so hope you’ll consider staying around a while longer. I can’t bear the idea of stores opening, schedules resuming, the hustle and bustle of life coming back. However am I to go another 11 1/2 months without the neighborhood lit up in a thousand splendid colors? We have a very comfortable guest room and will gladly put you up as long as you’ll stay. Breakfast is, of course, included daily.

Let me know. I’d be tremendously sorry to see you go.

Convincingly Delicious Hugs,

Me

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Puffed German Pancakes

Ingredients:

FOR THE PUFFED PANCAKES:
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

FOR THE SPICED PEAR SYRUP:
3 very ripe pears, peeled & sliced
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamon
pinch of ground nutmeg & clove
1 anise star (if you like that sort of thing)

Directions:

FOR THE PUFFED PANCAKES:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place 1 teaspoon or so of butter in the bottom of 6 large ramekins and place those on top of a cookie sheet, then slide the cookie sheet into the oven. In a blender, combine the eggs, milk, flour, and salt until smooth. As soon as the oven is completely preheated and the butter is sizzling in the ramekins, pull the cookie sheet quickly from the oven, pour 1/2" of batter into the bottom of each ramekin, then return immediately to the oven and allow to cook until puffed and golden brown, about 14-16 minutes. Remove from oven and serve piping hot with Spiced Pear Syrup. (You can also cook these in a 9x9" square pan by melting all of the butter in the bottom of the pan and baking them for 22-25 minutes).

FOR THE SYRUP:
In a medium saucepan, place all ingredients together and heat over medium heat, stirring carefully so as to not mash up the pears. Bring just to a boil, then remove and spoon over hot puffed pancakes. Oh my ever loving deliciousness.

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8 Responses to “Puffed Pancakes with Spiced Pears”

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    mangiabella on December 26, 2010 at 11:33 pm Reply

    lovely post bella ~ Christmas was delightfully sweet and filled with love, laughter, giddy children, delicious food, and many many embraces – we even did a 12 days of christmas "sing off" at my house haha…..priceless…..

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    ♥peachkins♥ on December 27, 2010 at 8:01 am Reply

    I'm lovin' the looks of this….bookmarked it..

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    Da & Mer on December 27, 2010 at 5:37 pm Reply

    Fantastico! A delight!

    My best wishes for this Christmas!

    Da & Mer

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    Anna@Tallgrass Kitchen on December 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm Reply

    I love the idea of making these little pancakes single-serving! A large one always looks pretty initially, but just disintegrates as you start cutting into it. Christmas was lovely-our first one not traveling, and our toddler was finally old enough to be completely enchanted by Santa and Christmas morning.

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    LunaCafe on December 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm Reply

    Lovely! :-) …Susan

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    Camille on December 28, 2010 at 12:15 am Reply

    oh we LOVE German pancakes AND pears over here at our house. Never thought to combine them… Happy New Year to us! Hope you had a great Christmas! (mine was spent eating – and gaining weight) ;)

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    Kat at Muddy's Bake Shop on January 1, 2011 at 11:43 am Reply

    We've been eating lots of German pancakes so I was so excited to see your post!
    We tried the spiced pears with our pancakes yesterday and they were heavenly. Thanks!!!

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