Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Weekend Eats Part 1

Some recipes work out as new favorites, some food experiments definitely end up as a check mark in the "not for us" column.I'd recently read a recipe on the WholeFoods site for simple pancakes that had me drooling in anticipation.

Always a sucker over "Breakfast for Dinner", I'd planned on fixing this recipe for Oatmeal-Apple pancakes for dinner Saturday night along with some delicious Pederson's Uncured Apple Smoked bacon that was - catch this - on special at Wheatsville with a members-only coupon.

Not since the oxymoronic jacket craze of the late 70's early 80's has the term "members only" evoked such a (positive this go round) response from me.At Wheatsville, as if shopping there is not reward enough, you get all sorts of rewards for being a member. One of which is this cute board in the front of the store with pink coupons (at least this month they've been pink- I've no idea if they change colors) giving members additional savings off the already lower Wheatie pricing.

Anyhoo - BACON. Natural bacon on discount. Need I say more?

I gathered the short list of ingredients for the pancakes, threw them into the blender as instructed, and fired up my skillet. We were not only going to have breakfast for dinner but we were going to have by golly pancakes with syrup and bacon. WooHOO, baby!Only. The pancakes turned out way way too much like the unleavened bread they pinch off for communion at my church. Which is to say, thick, evocative of old style school paste, and I had to seriously fight the little voice in the back of my head that kept saying "the body of Christ broken for you - with syrup" as I chewed my dinner.

When I pressed my hub for his opinion later, he agreed that whatever those were, they were not his idea of what pancakes should be.

We did both eat the full complement of pancakes per plate. They were not inedible. They simply weren't anything at all delightful to throw into an otherwise guaranteed to please combination of maple syrup and bacon.

I used McCann's steel cut oats as a starting point. Perhaps if I used more standardized oats the texture and flavor would have been more what we expected. I've had those oats around for a while. Can they go bad? Other people tried the recipe and rated it with 4 out of 5 stars. Since you pulverize the oats in a blender to make the batter, I didn't figure using McCann's would be a problem.

For us, a swing and a miss. Given any choice I'd (much) rather eat pancakes made with that out of the box quick batter. If I am going to get a cake that dense and chewy, I think I'd prefer something savory.The bacon, on the other hand, was so good that even though I had plans to use the remainder of the bacon for a BLT lunch the next day, my husband begged and cajoled and finally convinced me that he should get just ONE more slice for being such a good sport about the oatmeal-apple Nopecakes.

How about you? Ever tried a recipe you were sure was going to be a winner only it wasn't?


Flapjacks said...

dare i risk being a blaspheme here, but me and pancakes just don't mix. there like christmas socks to me. you know, there they are, all wrapped up in syrupy buttery goodness, and three bites into them, you see them for what they really are, socks.

but i like bacon.

and, not every recipe works out right, especially from some granola place like whole foods... ahem.

TexasDeb said...

No blasphemy taken.

I like good pancakes, but they have to be fluffy, light, with their own buttery salty goodness to play against the sweet sticky mapledy syrup glaze. Mmmmmm. Paaaancakes.

These were way too earnest and chewy to be pancakes. Pan socks? Maybe that's IT, exactly.

I was talking about bringing an Austin newbie over to W'ville and the person I was talking to said that newbie'd have to watch out after or they'd end up tattooed/pierced as well. {Like there is something wrong with that???}

Point is "granola place" is definitely in the eye of the beholder.