Being Bruce -: Pecan Pancakes - Breaking Rules Never Tasted So Good - Recipe

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pecan Pancakes - Breaking Rules Never Tasted So Good - Recipe

This weekend on Saturday Marge made a suggestion to add to our (former) favorite pancake recipe and it was a winner. I added another twist and the results were over the top. In order to take the photo above I had to mix another batch Sunday just so I could have something to shoot.

So here's what we did: basically we just used the pancake recipe on the back of the Bisquick box, adding every one of the "make it special" ingredients they suggest - that's how we usually (used to) make pancakes that we, our family, and guests have always enjoyed. Marge's idea was to add some finely chopped pecans. My addition was to cook them using Extra Virgin Olive Oil - (yeah, I know, it's not supposed to taste all that great in a pan like that and some say EVO only delivers its healthy goodness served cold or at room temperature. But guess what? They were easy to make, easy to cook, and awesome!

So here's the recipe:

Bruce and Marge's EVO Pecan Pancakes

2 cups Bisquick
1 cup milk (actually I used Lite Silk)
1 egg
2/3 cup finely chopped pecans
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla (I used a strong flavored Mexican vanilla brand)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
Note: this recipe makes about nine 4-5 inch diameter pancakes each about 1/2" thick.

Dump all the ingredients in a mixing bowl in (in any order) and mix 'em up. The more finely you chop the pecans the smoother the mixture will be, but it doesn't effect taste or cooking time, just the crunchiness.

Preheat a medium hot skillet (or griddle or frying pan or whatever)
Add a generous amount of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Put about a 1/3 cup of mixture on the skillet
Cook 'em for a while on one side, then flip 'em. (They likely will be thicker than your usual pancakes so maybe turn the heat down a smidge if you're concerned about them getting overly dark before cooking all the way through. I find it takes about 30 seconds  per side, maybe a bit more)

 Serve and eat. I suppose you can add butter and syrup if you wish, but I like them just as they are.

Hint for next day cold pizza lovers: Make extra pancakes and store covered in the refrigerator, they're firm enough that they're easy to eat just holding them with a cup of coffee the next morning.

The Pecans add texture, taste and flavor and (for Marge and I anyway) the EVO adds a wonderful flavor and feel to them.

Of course I'm a big fan of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and even made a video a year or so ago on using EVO as a moisturizer - let me know if you'd like those instructions or for the video link.