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Monday, August 10, 2009

another first: Cottage Cheese Pancakes

i would have to say breakfast is my favoritest meals of the day (the 1st one at around 9am and then eleven-sies. The hobbits have nothing on me!) however, i'm not big on pancakes. it's heavy to me, the cakes sticking not only to the roof of my mouth but then sliding down my esophagus and basically sitting like a brick in my stomach. the added syrup coating my entire insides, because there is no such thing as putting just a little on your cakes. admit it, you do it. i feel the same way about waffles and french toast. a bite or two of someone else's is usually enough for me and i'm set for a year. however, recently Nuria told me that she's never had pancakes before. as one of my twitter friends said, that's tragic. i mean, really? so that saturday morning, in lieu of making fun of Rachael Ray, i whipped up some cottage cheese pancakes. i had a spare container hanging out and i figured it would lighten the cakes. plus, the recipe i found called for just FOUR ingredients. score.

the thing about making pancakes (or anything like it ie: crepes, french toast etc) is that the first few look like ass. the temp is not right, the shape is off, it's burned on one side or whatever. plus, getting the right amount of fluffiness is key. i fear that i may not have achieved said fluffiness, i'm just not skilled in the art of making pancakes. it happens. i'm over it. Nuria was only ok about them. it ended up being too sweet (good thing i didn't top it all with powdered sugar). i topped with strawberries, adding a bit more sweetness and tartness, and making it easier to consume. the cakes were lighter than normal. still. i'm good till next summer.

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Cottage Cheese Pancakes
from Amy of My Famous Recipe

*note, i halved the recipe. since i wasn't sure if Nuria was going to like and with my penchant for having just a bite or two, i didn't want all that batter to go to waste.

3 eggs
1/2 Tbl vanilla
6 oz cottage cheese
1/4 cup flour
oil

separate the eggs and beat the ever living hell out of the whites, thank goodness for Bella, my mixer. when peaks are reached and it's all fluffy, set aside. in another bowl, beat the yolks until they're pale yellow. add the vanilla, cottage cheese (i used non-fat) and flour. the mixture will still be rather liquidy. gently fold the yolk batter into the whites, be careful to not over mix. (this is tricky... don't stress about it)

heat up a frying pan (i have only two small ones so i had two going at the same time. i'm a multi tasker... don't be jealous) with some oil. pour about a ladle full of batter in the middle and fry up until lightly brown and then flip. re-oil pan between batches.

Note: Amy errs on the side of under cooking them so that they're not deflated by the time they leave the pan. like when i'm cooking beef, i err on the side of making sure they're really cooked (don't fret, i still order my steak medium-rare at restaurants... it's the cooking part that gets me). can be topped with sugar (granulated or powdered), jam, fresh fruit, butter, maple syrup, really whatever you want!

serve immediately.

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10 comments:

  1. OK, see, I, on the other hand, cannot have enough of pancakes. I mean, I can only eat maybe four or five in one sitting, but I wouldn't mind doing so every single morning. These look gorgeous.

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  2. That looks delicious! I agree, pancakes are way too heavy, my choice is always crepes and I have tried to make them and they all looked like ass :( Good job!

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  3. when it comes to pancakes i always stick to my usual recipe and have never once tried recipes using cottage cheese or ricotta. i think it's time! it loooks so delicious x

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  4. What an interesting recipe. I love pancakes so I might give it a shot next time I have some cottage cheese to use up!

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  5. shannalee, thank you. i will admit that they're tasty and the added strawberries helped!

    catty, my crepes aren't thin enough but i like them so much that i don't mind playing until i get it just right.

    diva, like you i'd never added cottage cheese before but i didn't want it to go to waste! i HAD to do something with it...:)

    sara, they really do add a bit of healthiness to it... i think! :)

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  6. Love the savory sweet balance. mmm... that looks delicious, thanks so much for sharing :) Can't wait to try it!

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  7. Mel,
    you're so right about the balance of sweet and savory, and actually, now that i think about it, there was a bit of tartness from the berries too. it was like a party in my mouth! :)

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  8. Mel,
    you're so right about the balance of sweet and savory, and actually, now that i think about it, there was a bit of tartness from the berries too. it was like a party in my mouth! :)

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  9. That looks delicious! I agree, pancakes are way too heavy, my choice is always crepes and I have tried to make them and they all looked like ass :( Good job!

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  10. when it comes to pancakes i always stick to my usual recipe and have never once tried recipes using cottage cheese or ricotta. i think it's time! it loooks so delicious x

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