Since we can't really live on hot dogs and goldfish crackers...
Summer Cooking Challenge and a Puffed Pancake
It happens every year...The electric bill in April is ridiculously low since we usually run neither the heater nor the air conditioner. The weather is lovely and we have the windows open and fresh air blowing through the house every day. Then it gets closer and closer to May and...on goes the A/C and up goes the bill. Dinner becomes a vicious cycle. I use the oven to cook something which not only costs the electricity to power the oven but the A/C kicks on to alleviate the heat increase thus using more power. So this summer I have issued myself a challenge; I am going to try to use my oven less by using my crockpot and my Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker more. I have a lot of recipes for both, but I would love some help from y'all. So if you have a favorite recipe, let me hear about it! Send it to me by e-mail, leave it here in the comments, or even Facebook it to me. If I try it out and it meets Chaosville approval I will blog it and give you the credit!
Now for the recipe for today: Puffed Oven Pancake
I saw this post on This Week For Dinner the other day and I thought it looked so easy and yummy I just had to try it out. The Ingredients are cupboard staples so no trip to the store was needed:
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
Heat oven to 400 degrees. While oven is heating up, put butter in a baking dish and place inside oven until butter melts.
In a mixing bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, flour and salt and beat until smooth. Pour into baking dish.
Bake at 400 for 25 minutes or until sides are puffy and center is done.
Serve with syrup and powdered sugar
or fruit or whatever you like. Personally, and this is just me, I'm sure...it was screaming NUTELLA!
I will most definitely make this again, but I think next time I will increase the ingredients by half. I think the recipe I used was for an 8 inch baking dish and I used a 9 x 13. I think if I added a little more "batter" then it would be a little puffier and even more delicious. Try it out for yourself and let me know how you like it!
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