Monday, February 13, 2012

Breakfast for Dinner with Poached Eggs

We had a change in our plans this evening and so we didn't have anything laid out for dinner.  So we did a old favorite breakfast.

1-1/4 cup of flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg
1 cup milk ***
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt.  In a bowl combine milk, egg, oil and vanilla add to flour mixture stirring until blended but still slightly lumpy.  Pour batter onto a hot skillet, about 1/4 of a cup of batter for each pancake.  Cook until bubbles start to form and pop then flip pancake and continue to cook until golden.  Serve with maple syrup.
***I used goat milk kefir instead of milk.  I thought that kefir which is has the same consistency of buttermilk.  I found that by using this gave the pancakes great flavor.

Poached Eggs:
Poached eggs are really easy.  I found a recipe of Julia Child's a couple of years ago and this works like a charm every time.  The biggest thing you need to do is have the freshest eggs possible.  I use farm fresh eggs.
In a pan bring about 1-1/2 quarts of water and 1/4 cup vinegar to a simmer in a sauce pan.  I break the eggs in a small dish first because it seems that every time I break and egg open a get shell with it.  So my me doing this makes it easier.  Also when you are cooking several eggs it makes it easy to slide them into the pan.  When the water is at a simmer slide the eggs into the water (stay as close to the water as you can), set timer for 4 minutes.  When removing the eggs from a pan, scoop them out in the order they went in.  Use a slotted spoon to remove eggs.  We served the eggs on a piece of toast.

We like to cook our bacon in the microwave, it is fast and easy clean up.  All you need to do is have a microwave safe platter, line platter with paper towels (a fair amount since this will be soaking up the grease) and then line the paper towel with your slices of bacon.  Add more paper towels over top of the bacon.  Place in microwave.  Now our microwave only takes about 3 minutes for 5 slices of bacon.  Remove bacon to another platter, add more paper towels as needed and cook the rest of the bacon.

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