I am definitely more of a savory person for weekend breakfast (omelets, hash browns, BACON!), but sometimes something sweet is in order. This is especially the case when berries have finally come into season.
Thanks to the fabulous Holland Farmers Market, I know have giant bags of berries in my fridge, and I knew that I'd have to utilize some of them for this morning's breakfast. Standard blueberry pancakes were definitely an option, but I'm lazy. And the thought of standing over the griddle, cleaning the griddle, etc. etc. was just too much to contemplate today. But a dutch baby? That's easy! The batter comes together in moments, and it cooks in the oven, yielding very little miss and a beautiful puffy pancake for your efforts.
This can be made with no fruit at all (sprinkle the finished pancake with lemon juice and powdered sugar) or with any fruit you like, including berries, bananas, or thinly sliced apples.
Blueberry Dutch Baby
1/4 cup butter (unsalted is preferable) 1 cup milk 2 eggs, beaten 2/3 cup flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt (omit if your butter is salted) big handful of blueberries
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the butter in a glass pyrex pie plate and put in the oven. Allow the butter to melt. While the butter is melting, whisk together the milk, eggs, flour, sugar and salt. When the butter has melted, remove the pie plate from the oven. Pour in the batter and then sprinkle it with a healthy handful of berries. Place back into the oven and cook for 25 minutes.
The pancake will be very puffy and beautiful. It will collapse slightly as it cools, so if you want a photo, take one quickly!
We are back at the cottage again,and it feels like it's been a long time. Because of family camp (and yes, I do promise to share more about the cold and rainy week in Northern Michigan), we only had one night here for each of the last two weeks, and it wasn't enough.
We haven't really had a summer yet in the midwest, and I already feel like fall is biting at our heels. Part of it is the produce situation. All of the very best fruits and vegetables have such small windows of availability. You blink, and they are gone. The asparagus is gone. The strawberries are (mostly) gone. On our way to dinner last night, we saw a sign for sour cherries at our local farm stand. By next week? They will be gone as well.
On a more positive note, the weather forecast for this weekend promises to be warm and sunny, so after a visit to the Holland Farmers' Market, we will be camping out at the beach for the duration. The Kindle is charging, Michael is grabbing some cold cuts, and our sunscreen bottles are at the ready.
Remember that post about the life intern? Well, I still need help (I really, really need help), but the position has been updated slightly. We spent the last week at Family Camp, and thanks to some horrible weather (rain, cold, mist, fog), I basically lived in the Arts & Crafts center. This led to lots of deep conversations with other campers while tackling my ceramics painting, lanyard stitching and trivet mosaics. One of those conversations was with a mom who had just hired a housekeeper. I started complaining to her about the level of chaos in my life, and explained that we have no solution in place once our au pair leaves next month. She looked at me like I was slightly slow, and said, "Get a housekeeper!"
That got me thinking about the famous housekeepers of 70s and 80s TV, and I developed a little fantasy. What if I could hire Alice from the Brady Bunch?? Or Mrs. Garrett from Diff'rent Strokes? (and then Facts of Life, of course - and maybe she could bring her contractor, a.k.a. George Clooney).
Sadly, I don't think either of those lovely ladies is on Sittercity or Craig's List (and George Clooney probably has some other stuff going on), so I have decided to look for a real live housekeeper/nanny/dog walker. Max will be in prescohol for the same hours that Dylan is in 2nd grade (and at the same school), so we don't need that many hours. My Craig's List ad has generated the world's most insane responses (a future blog post perhaps), but I've gotten some great responses so far from Sittercity, and am in the process of scheduling interviews. Fingers crossed that I find our Alice!!