Nothing gets everyone out of bed on a Sunday morning faster than the aroma of breakfast cooking. My favorite breakfast is German Pancakes and my Spicy Pig Bacon.
When my mom ran her bed and breakfast she served this pancake to her guests. It became one of their favorites. The recipe is for a large group on the weekend. They will all be happy campers when their tummies are full!
Spicy Pig Bacon
Start with a pound of thick bacon laid on a foil covered sheet pan. This will help in clean up later. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Sprinkle lightly with dark brown sugar and a pinch of cayenne pepper (or more to your liking). Place in hot oven until crispy and sticky with that ooy-gooey crunchy sugar coating. Put onto a plate covered in paper towel to catch the grease. Then transfer to a clean plate to serve next to your colossal German Pancakes. Now your oven is ready for the pancakes at the same temperature.
Put Spicy Pig Bacon aside to cool, no sampling! You won’t know how to stop once you start!!
Making a large batch is the only way to go to feed a hungry group. My recipe makes 5 pie plate size pancakes, to split to serve up to 10 people, or whole full size to serve 5. Put out an array of toppings, berries, maple syrup, powdered sugar, melted butter, lemon slices. My favorite is to drizzle on the melted butter, squeeze a lemon slice and dust with powdered sugar. It’s up to you to concoct your favorite combos.
German Pancakes (Makes 5)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Prep five 9 or 10 inch pie plates by melting ¼ stick of butter in each, using the hot oven as it preheats. Pull out until ready to add the batter. (If you are short of pie plates, any round cooking pan or dish works quite well, I have used my cake pans and tart plates many times.)
In a large mixing bowl beat together:
2 ½ cups of milk
2 ½ teaspoons of vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour (I love unbleached flour)
2 ½ Tablespoons white sugar
Mix on high until all is well mixed and there are no lumps.
Pour batter over melted butter into each of the pie plates, disbursing the batter evenly. Put plates in the oven on two separate racks placed in the center area of oven. Bake 20 minutes until starting to brown on edges and loaded with bubbles.
It is such a cool sight as the German Pancakes grow right before your eyes. Make sure to have on the oven light for this show! Remove from the oven and serve immediately! Top generously with all the goodies you have put out to finish your colossal German Pancake.
Now you can sample the Spicy Pig Bacon, if there is any left! This is yummy stuff!
What is your favorite breakfast menu? What is your favorite pancake topping? Do you love spicy and sweet like I do?
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