Quick And Delicious Breakfast Pancakes

We have made ebelskiver pancakes before, and followed the traditional recipe which requires a lot of stiff egg whites, in order to allow the pancake balls to rise significantly. While everyone enjoyed the “traditional” version, we did feel like they were a bit “eggy”. So, we decided to whip up a standard pancake batter and give it a try in the ebelskiver pan. The response was extremely surprising and positive.

These definitely aren’t as fluffy as the standard recipe, but we are still proud of the results. They feel like little munchkin donuts. You can also experiment and include apple pie filling or guava jelly in the middle. The guava jelly adds a nice, tart balance to the spiciness of the cinnamon sugar coating. We hope that you really enjoy these. So if you have an ebelskiver pan, you should definitely give them a try!

Ingredients:

  • 2 c flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 c guava jelly
  • 1/4 c cinnamon sugar (for dusting)

Directions:

  • place ebelskiver pan on stove over medium low heat
  • combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly
  • put 2 tsp batter into each pancake well
  • top with 1 tsp of guava jelly
  • top with an additional tbsp of batter (or until well is 2/3 full)
  • cook until batter is bubbly and bottom of pancake feels solid when pushed on with a butter knife or chip stick
  • using two butter knives or chop sticks, rotate pancake until uncooked batter is on the bottom
  • cook another minute or so
  • remove from heat and roll in cinnamon sugar
  • eat!

*don’t brown the pancakes too much. you still want them to be a little “moist” so the cinnamon sugar will stick to the donuts.

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we couldn’t agree more. These pancakes are a terrific way to jump start your day with something that is not too heavy but will leave you satisfied and ready to get rolling. While we serve them early, they also make a great late night snack. We love to experiment in the kitchen, and this is recipe is the result of our love for trying new food. Feel free to add your own touches, especially with the toppings. Check back soon for more of what we have come up with as there is plenty more.

If you want to see an ebelskiver pancake pan in action check out the video below. It is a different recipe, but this is a great addition to your pan collection.

Eating Better Thanks To A Food Processor

The best way to eat better is to cook better food. We understand that after working a full day it is hard to muster up the energy to get in the kitchen and fix yourself or your family something nutritious and tasty. But this is exactly why the right tools can help you save time and help you prepare better meals. Breville is known for making such appliances and this is exactly the case for their food processor, the BFP800XL Sous Chef. The wife has recently gotten immersed into improving her skills in the kitchen and has been taking online cooking lessons. Since I still don’t really trust her with a knife quite yet I decided to surprise her with this food processor. The only thing is that I’ve been so impressed with it that I have ended up using it more than her, to her chagrin.

This Breville machine has everything that you want as far as performance, but it also has that sleek, futuristic design that the company is known for. If you are looking for the best food processor for your kitchen then the BFP800XL is worth a closer look. The only knock on it is the price as it is one of the more expensive machines on the market. However, if you can afford it, this little appliance is sure to please. It comes with an array of convenient and functional characteristics that make food preparation fun, easy and less time-consuming.

BFP800XL Features

This thing is stacked with the latest and greatest in food prep technology. Some of its features that make it one of the top food processors on the market include:

Variable slicing discs

The processor consists of a set of five discs and three blades for improved slicing and food preparation. The discs include a 24 setting slicing disc, French-fry cutter, Whisking, the Julienne and the Reversible shredder disc. With the 24 setting disc, a cook can get food of various thickness ranging from 0.3mm to 8.0mm. The blades, on the other hand, includes the dough, the mini, and the S blades. The combination of blades and discs make the food blender efficient at handling more specific food slicing tasks.

Super wide feed chute

The blender has an extra-large 5.5” diameter feeding chute. The feature is convenient since it makes it possible for food of any size to fit. It also makes the cutting of lengthy food slices possible. You will not have to spend time cutting food up into small sizes to drop them into the feed chute which takes a lot of work out of food prep for your recipes.

Enhanced safety features

The Breville Sous Chef has several safety enhancement features to ensure maximum protection to the user while at the same time making the food processing experience fun and safe. For starters, it has a solid metal base with skid-proof rubber feet to increase its stability when the machine is running. Next, is the efficient chute safety interlock system that stops the motor running if the food pusher, bowl, and lid are loose or not properly fitted. The device also has a direct drive motor with pulse and pause utilities, guaranteeing reliable and safe braking, while the cord folds to prevent clutter, spills, obstructions or accidents. Finally, each part that is likely to come into contact with food is made from BPA free materials, or stainless steel materials to prevent contamination.

Separate processing bowl for wet and dry ingredients

The processors come with a set of two processing bowls. The larger bowl meant for dry or great ingredients, has a holding capacity of 16 cups or 3.8 liters. , while the smaller bowl holds two and a half cups or 600ml. The design of the mini bowl makes it perfect for uniform mixing of small wet or liquid ingredients such as freshly cut parsley and sauce. The dishes come with a silicone seal, which firmly covers it to prevent leaking.

Practical and convenient accessories

The blender comes with many accessories that make the food processing experience fun, easy and appealing. These features include the on and pulse speed settings, small and large food pushers, the up and down timer modes with LCD and the storage box for storing attachments.

Pros of the Breville Sous Chef

  • Due to its wide feed chute, it is possible to place veggies and ingredients of various shapes and sizes.
  • The flexible disc and blades guarantee excellent outcomes of processed food. One can get whatever shape or thickness he or she desires.
  • A chef uses less time to handle and prepare food.
  • The option of choosing between the large and mini processing bowls, depending on his or her needs.
  • It is faster, more powerful and quieter compared to other processors.

Cons

  • It is pricey compared to other commercial-grade blenders.

Get Cooking

Eating healthy is best served when you take control of the ingredients that go into your meals. Fortunately, there are plenty of healthy recipes from which to choose that also are extremely delicious and easy to make. Having the right tools can enable this process to be as fast and hassle free. If you want a food processor with superior features and cost is not your concern, the Breville BFP800XL food processor might just be the ideal solution. It will revamp your kitchen experience and look by adding a touch of versatility and convenience.

Save Time And Energy With A Smart Toaster Oven

Toaster oven ratingsCooking with a toaster oven is a great way to speed up the process and reduce your time in the kitchen preparing home cooked meals.  Most people think these are just good for toast, but they couldn’t be more wrong.  A high quality oven will allow you to not only cook but also bake, roast, broil, reheat and more.  The Breville BOV650XL is the company’s mid priced countertop oven that aims to fit the bill with both its features and its size.  While it is not as highly rated as the BOV800XL or the BOV450XL in most toaster oven reviews, the BOV650XL is usually ranked in the top 10.  If you are looking to reduce your use of your full sized oven and save a little time and money in the process, then this is what your kitchen has been missing.

Countertop Oven Features

8 Settings With 1800 Watts of Power

The Breville BOV650XL Toaster Oven features a handy 8 pre-set function, and it has enough power to cook larger meals such as whole chickens.  The “Element IQ” technology that controls the heating elements will automatically adjust the power that is needed.  If you would like to customize any of the presets the oven will remember the changes the next time you use it.

Stainless Steel & Non-Stick Materials

This toaster oven is entirely constructed by stainless steel, which not only makes it very sturdy but also gives it a modern, great look on any countertop. Stainless steel is also good at repelling fingerprints and smudges, which means that you do not have to keep cleaning it immediately after you have used it. The interior is made with nonstick materials, which is why it is pretty easy to clean on the inside than any other models out there.

Blue LCD screen

You will find a small LCD screen on this unit, which is a little basic if compared to the previous Breville models. This makes it easy to use than any other toaster oven you have come across. The LCD shows the selected cooking temperature during cooking. The background of the display is blue when off, and turns orange during cooking. You may ignore this feature but trust me, if you own one of these toasters, then you will find it a great feature because it’s what will guide you whether the cooking is done or not when you are far away from it.

Removable Crumb Tray

The Breville BOV650XL Toaster Oven features crumb tray that is easy to access and clean. You will find the tray at the front, just below the door. This is a unique design because in many models out there, you will have to open the door first to access the tray, but not on this one; you do not need to open the door to remove the tray. The tray is also not flat, it somehow recessed, this means when you pull it out of the machine, the food the tray collected won’t be knocked off the tray.

Defrost and Temperature Conversion Button.

There are several dials and button on this toaster, but what stands out is the frozen food button and the temperature conversion button. The temperature conversion button allows you to change Fahrenheit to Celsius, so if you have the foreign recipe, this toaster will do the conversion for you.  The frozen button is completely incredible, and it helps you cook frozen breads, pizza, or the cookie dough by automatically adding the cooking time in your cooking process.

Dimensions

Exterior dimension: 16.5″ (Width) x (15.5″ (Depth) x 10.25″ (Height)

Interior Dimension: 12″ (W) x 12″ (D) x 5″ (H).- This dimension means that you can cook four slices of bread at once and fit 12” inch pizza. If you have 10″ x 10″ baking pan, then it can comfortably fit in this toaster oven. You can even put a small whole chicken on this toaster oven!

Pros

  • Small footprint so it is ideal even for those with limited space.
  • Excellently built and designed making it easy to clean and maintain.
  • High-quality accessories which include enamel baking pan and enamel broil rack (10″ x 10″)
  • Has an auto shut off
  • User-friendly LCD screen and control panels
  • Unlike other models that usually have four cooking function, this has 8 pre-set function.

Cons

  • Expensive although small, which may translate that it of high quality.
  • Do not have auto eject features
  • No convection features

Customer Rating

Breville makes some quality ovens, and the BOV650XL certainly holds its own.  All in all, customers rating show that this is an excellent product, from its performance, its sleek design, the pre-setting features, and its durability features. Go to any online store and all you will get is positive reviews, well there are few complaints about the price and the lack of auto eject rack, but with many other incredible features on this unit, it really worth every penny you will spend on it.