This was actually written yesterday, but I couldn’t find my usb cable for the camera!
When I decided to play in the kitchen a bit today – the first real inclination to create in weeks – I had no idea that my last post had been about pancakes.
But before we get into that.
November 10th is a day that I will remember for a while. We’d gotten through our final Haunted Barn weekend, survived Halloween, and naturally, I managed to gluten myself on the evening of the 9th by not washing my hands after helping clean up the season-end pizza party for the pumpkin farm workers. And then stuffing potato chips in my mouth repeatedly for about half an hour. How dumb can I be?
Anyway, I felt crappy enough (maybe a touch of the flu too?) to stay home from work on Monday, November 10th. I had made quite a mess in my oven Sunday and didn’t feel like cleaning it up right away, so it was dried on and was not going to come off with a handcleaning, which is what I usually do to clean my oven. Since I paid a hell of a lot of money for my range, it came with a self-cleaning feature. I decided to use it, since I was home and not accomplishing much.
About an hour or so into the cycle, the digital display died and the oven shut off.
People, I have no oven.
In fact, the door is still locked shut. I consider it a damn good thing that I like expensive toys; in my infinite wisdom, when I replaced my popcorn-murdered microwave four years ago (The Man is not allowed to make popcorn in the microwave any longer), I purchased the kitchen-geek model, which also functions as a convection oven.
So I have not been completely lost on the baked goods (oh, the horror!), but it’s just not the same; I can’t use a normal sized pan, and it takes forever.
My warranty company is sending out a repair tech from a joint called A & E. All over the internet there are…bad words…about these people, but I am stuck.
Also on the web are gripes from MANY other KitchenAid owners about this same problem. Good lord. I am starting to wonder what’s happened to this product. Cross your fingers that these idiots show up with the right parts the first time around (Tuesday afternoon) so I am not waiting another 4 weeks to get a functioning oven again. Imagine it – no Christmas cookies….please shoot me now. Keep an eye on my little Twitter thingy over there on the right – I will either be cooing in delight or screaming in agony come 6 PM Tuesday.
This morning, I was thinking about a blueberry breakfast cake of sorts…when I remembered that I have no oven. I wasn’t going to trust something like that to a microwave wearing an oven costume. I went back to the drawing board…and the Vault…and came up with a different cake. Pancake.
As stated before, until I sat down to write this post, I had forgotten about the apple cinnamon oatmeal pancake recipe that was my last post. Sorry – suck it up – try these too. Pretty damn good, if I do say so myself.
Blueberry Multi-Grain Pancakes
Adapted from The Vault
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/3 cup hazelnut meal
1/3 cup amaranth flour
1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup milk (I used skim because it’s what I keep in the house)
1 cup buttermilk
1 tbsp agave nectar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
In a medium bowl, stir together the brown rice flour, tapioca flour, hazelnut meal, amaranth flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In another medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, buttermilk, agave nectar, and vanilla.
Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture. Add the blueberries, then stir until well combined.
Use a paper towel to wipe safflower or other oil over the surface of a griddle or skillet. Heat the oiled skillet over medium-low heat. I used a 1/4 cup scoop to put the batter on the griddle. Cook the pancakes until the edges are bubbly and the bottoms are lightly browned, then flip. Cook this side until golden brown too.
Makes 14 pancakes.