Even better, we had our first real snow. Abby went out on the yard to roll in it twice, the birds were fed and the critter water dish ice removed and replaced with warm water, and then it was time to make pancakes.
Since it is the Christmas seasn, it's eggnog pancakes, a recipe I share every year. They are almost pastry like in texture and SO yummy.
click on photo to enlargeEggnog Pancakes
1 and 1/3 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Small pinch of nutmeg
Mix together and make a "well" in the center of it in the bowl.
Mix in separate small bowl:
1 cup plus 3 Tablespoons Oberweis eggnog (our favorite dairy products!)
1 large egg beaten
2 Tablespoons clarified butter
THIS is the secret, clarified butter is butter that's been heated in a skillet until the butterfat and liquid separate a bit, it makes the pancakes extra light and fluffy, just heat the butter until it just starts to bubble and brown and add it to the rest of the liquids and immediately pour the liquid ingredients into the well in the dry ingredients. Mix lightly and cook on an oiled skillet til golden. The batter is fairly thick. If it's too thick to work with, then add a couple tablespoons of milk. Do NOT overmix.
Cook on medium heat. They are thick and take a little longer to cook than regular pancakes so don't let the heat get too high or they will burn before they are done and aim for lots of smaller ones, rather than big ones. I usually cook in two batches of 4-5 pancakes and add a tablespoon of eggnog to the second batch as this batter does thicken up very quickly. Serve with real maple syrup.
With a little practice, you can prepare the batter in less than 10 minutes. This makes about ten 3-4 inch pancakes, enough for 2 or 3 people.