I used to hoard magazines. As part of my initiative to simplify my life I started getting rid of them. The hardest to part with were my old issues of ReadyMade. Since the magazine went bust I knew I’d never have new ones. I finally figured out a compromise where I still have access to all of the projects and recipes that I might want to reference. I cut them out of the magazines and put them in clear pockets in a three ring binder. My goal is to eventually get rid of these pages as well, so I’m dutifully making all of the recipes to decide if they are keepers. This weekend we tried a recipe for buckwheat pancakes from February/March 2010.
I have been on a pancake kick ever since I started eating gluten again. Yesterday I made apple pancakes from Bunch: The Perfect Weekend Treat by Jennifer Donovan.
Apple Pancakes with Maple Syrup Butter
scant 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
scant 1 cup almond milk
2 apples, peeled and grated
1 tsp butter
Maple syrup butter
3 oz butter, softened
3 tbsp maple syrup
Mix the flour, sugar, and cinnamon together in a bowl and make a well in the center. Beat the egg and the almond milk together and pour into the well. Using a wooden spoon, gently incorporate the dry ingredients into the liquid until well combined, then stir in the grated apple.
Heat the butter in a large nonstick skillet over low heat until melted and bubbling. Increase heat to medium. Add tablespoons of the pancake mixture to form circles. Flip when it starts to bubble lightly on the top.
To make the maple syrup butter, melt butter and maple syrup in a saucepan over low heat and stir until combined. Spoon over pancakes.
Today, Trevor and I took a picnic to Millennium Park for their Lunchbreak Music Series. We enjoyed sandwiches and potato salad, washed down with Saison Dupont. On the way home we took a detour to Chicago French Market.
We already had pie from First Slice waiting for us at home, but the macaroons at Delightful Pastries looked amazing. We did pick up some locally made Prairie Fruits Farm Ewe Bloom cheese, wine, and a baguette from Pastoral for a late night snack.