Savory-ish Bacon Jam

Savory-ish Bacon Jam

For those of us who prefer savory pancakes, waffles, and French toast, this recipe will likely satisfy. It’s easy to make even if it’s a bit time consuming (about an hour from start to finish). It pairs well with a cream cheese spread (whip softened cream cheese with heavy whipping cream until easily spreadable). Best served warm or, at the very least, room temperature. Oddly, some people enjoy this on a peanut butter sandwich.

However you choose to eat it, we hope you like it.

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Savory-ish Bacon Jam
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Passive Time 70 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Passive Time 70 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut the bacon into 1/2" slices and add to a large frying pan. The bacon pieces will separate as they cook. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, frequently until the bacon is cooked but not super crispy. A few crispy bits are fine.
  2. Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and set it aside. Pour out all but about 1-2 tablespoons of the drippings and reserve for another use.
  3. Add the onions to the pan and cook for about 10 minutes then reduce the heat to low. Add the sugar and stir well. Continue to cook until the onions have caramelized, about 20+ minutes. Add the espresso (or coffee) and the bacon and increase the heat back up to medium. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally until thick and jam-like, about 30 minutes
  4. Remove from the heat and stir the balsamic through adding more to suit your taste. Add salt if desired. For a uniform consistency, put it in your food processor and pulse until you are happy with the result.
Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk pancakes are pretty much the staple in home cooking as they are easy to prepare and delicious to consume. Whether you choose to eat them with sweet condiments or savory condiments, you’ll find that a good pancake recipe can be one of the most versatile for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We’ve chosen this recipe from Martha Stewart’s collection. It is a tried and true, never-fail buttermilk pancake recipe that will serve you well for many years. See the original post here.

Did you know that pancakes have been a part of the human diet for thousands of years? Apparently, Otzi the Iceman had remnants of ‘pancakes’ in his stomach when he was discovered in the Italian Alps about 5300 years after he died. You can read about him (and pancakes) here on the National Geographic website. At least when he died, he’d just enjoyed a hearty meal!

Apparently, buttermilk has a long history, too. And the buttermilk you buy in the store today doesn’t necessarily resemble the buttermilk (from actually churning sweet cream into butter) from yesteryear. The acidity in today’s “cultured” buttermilk works with the baking soda to give a lighter texture to your pancake (or any baked goods). You can read more about it here.

We hope you’ll try (and enjoy) this recipe, courtesy of Martha Stewart. Let us know in the comments below how you like your pancakes. Sweet? Savory? Fluffy? Thin? Tiny? Huge? The variations are unlimited.

NOTE: This recipe calls for salt. We have several varieties of salt at The Kitchen Company. We also have just the right pancake flipper, ladle, and measure cup or spoon. We even have pancake dispensers for those who really, REALLY like to have uniform pancakes! Come by and see – we’ll be waiting for you!

 

 

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Buttermilk Pancakes
The key to light and fluffy buttermilk pancakes from scratch? Don't overmix the batter—it should have small to medium lumps. Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 1998
Servings
6" pancakes
Ingredients
Servings
6" pancakes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat griddle to 375 degrees f. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Add eggs, buttermilk, and 4 tbsp melted butter; whisk to combine. Do not overmix. Batter should have small to medium lumps
  2. Heat oven to 175 degrees f. Test griddle by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. If water bounces and spatters off the griddle, it is hot enough. Using a pastry brush, brush remaining 1/2 tsp butter onto the griddle. Wipe off excess with a paper towel.
  3. Using a 4-ounce ladle (about 1/2 cup) pour pancake batter in pools two inches away from one another. When pancakes have bubbles on top and are slightly dry around the edges (about 2 1/2 minutes) flip over. Cook until golden on the bottom, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Repeat with remaining batter, keeping finished pancakes on a heat-proof plate in the oven. Serve with your favorite condiments.
Buckwheat Banana Pancakes

Buckwheat Banana Pancakes

This lovely little pancake is from the Breakfast At Morning Glory cookbook by Patty Groth. Patty owns Morning Glory Restaurant in Ashland Oregon. Her cookbook is available at the restaurant and, if you are lucky, you may even get an autographed edition!

Morning Glory opened in 1997 in a converted 1926 craftsman style house at 1149 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland. Their specialty is breakfast but lunches are popular as well. They are open seven days a week (thank goodness for us!) from 8:00 am until 1:30 pm. If you are anywhere in the Rogue Valley or southern Oregon in general, it’s most certainly worth a trip to Ashland for breakfast (or lunch) in this well-loved establishment. Give them a call if you need any further information 541-488-8636

In honor of our celebration of National Pancake Day (September 26) and our pancake-palooza in the store on Saturday, September 28, 2019, we’ve been adding pancake recipes to our (slowly growing) collection of recipes. This is one of our favorites. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Cheers,

Roy (& Frank)

NOTE: This recipe contains cocoa powder. The Kitchen Company carries two types of cocoa powder by Guittard, makers of fine chocolate products for 150 years and based in the US.

These wonderfully thin pancakes have a richness to them that comes from the addition of cocoa. The batter seems thin but it thickens as it rests. Best if made the day before serving, covered and refrigerated. Just slice your bananas and add to the batter or serve on top. We do both. Serve with walnut butter or lemon butter and pure maple syrup.
NOTE: reprinted from the book Breakfast At Morning Glory – Recipes, Mishaps and Adventures from the Little Blue House by Patty Groth

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Buckwheat Banana Pancakes
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, buckwheat, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together eggs, milk, and vegetable oil and add to the dry mix. Whisk to combine. If leaving until tomorrow, cover and put in the refrigerator. If cooking today, let the batter rest a bit.
  3. Cook on a hot, greased pancake griddle.
  4. Flip when bubbles appear on the tops and cook for two more minutes
Easy Basic Pancakes

Easy Basic Pancakes

These pancakes are from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food (2006) and are an easy recipe for pancakes any day (or night) of the week. Pancakes from scratch are a fabulous recipe to begin teaching children the basics of cooking. They don’t have a lot of ingredients but you’ll use your measuring cups, measuring spoons, and mixing bowls so the kids will learn the different measurements and how to get just what you need for the recipe. You’ll also be using basic cooking utensils such as a mixing spoon, whisk, and perhaps a ladle. Always supervise the cooking as the skillet is hot! When the pancakes are done, enjoy sharing them with your little cooks and watch how proud they are when they present you with a nice stack of heaven.

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Easy Basic Pancakes
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees f; have a baking sheet or heat-proof platter ready to keep the cooked pancakes warm in the oven. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, butter (or oil), and egg. Add dry ingredients to milk mixture; whisk until just moistened (do not overmix; a few small lumps are fine).
  3. Heat a large skillet or griddle (non-stick or cast iron) over medium. Fold a sheet of paper towel in half and moisten with oil; carefully rub the skillet with oiled paper towel.
  4. For each pancake, spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter onto the skillet, using the back of the sppon to spread batter into a round (you should be able to fit 2 to 3 in a large skillet)
  5. Cook until the surface of the pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst, 1 to 2 minutes. If they are burning before the bubbles appear, turn the heat down a bit. Transfer to a baking sheet or platter; cover loosely with aluminum foil, and keep warm in the oven. Continue with more oil and the remaining batter. You should have 12 to 15 pancakes. Serve warm with your favorite toppings.
Perfect Pancakes

Perfect Pancakes

Who doesn’t love a delicious perfectly cooked pancake? Pancakes can be savory or sweet, breakfast or dinner, silver dollar sized or dinner plate sized. But no matter how you like your pancakes, you should

  • start with a great batter made with the best ingredients you can get
  • patiently cook your pancakes on a pan that heats evenly
  • carefully flip your pancakes when ready

Below is our version of the perfect thick and fluffy pancake.

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Perfect Pancakes
This is a perfect recipe for thick and fluffy pancakes.
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Servings
Pancakes
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Servings
Pancakes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large measuring cup, mix the eggs and milk well.
  2. In an appropriate sized bowl that will accommodate all the ingredients, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  4. Add the melted butter to the egg/milk mixture then immediately pour it into the well in the dry ingredients.
  5. Stir until just combined using a silicone spoon or spatula to draw the dry ingredients up from the bottom. DO NOT OVER MIX The batter should be lumpy and thick but decently incorporated.
  6. Allow the batter to rest while you select your griddle or fry pan allowing time for it to heat to medium/medium high (you know your stove best). When you flick a few droplets of water on your pan and they dance around, your pan is ready. Add a little butter (or bacon grease) to the pan and coat it evenly.
  7. Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to dip from your batter bowl and pour the mixture onto the waiting griddle/pan. Be patient. Do not flip the pancakes until bubbles appear and pop. If your pancakes are burning before they are bubbling then turn down your heat.
  8. Once they have bubbled and popped, flip them and let the other side cook. When they're done, they should slide on the pan easily.
  9. Serve immediately with your choice of "garnishes". Enjoy!