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Friday, September 2, 2011

Bacon pancakes

That one in the middle needed more time.

My friend Jamie sent me a photo a while back -- this one below from an old Aunt Jemima ad. I guess she thought it looked like a dish I might make. Hopefully it wasn't because I remind her of bacon. ;-)

I showed the picture to my kids and they almost died at the possibility -- two of the most wonderful things ever, bacon and pancakes, together in one dish.

It didn't take long for me to try it -- I used breakfast for dinner as the opportunity. They thoroughly enjoyed them, and so did my husband. The salty, smoky bacon with the sweet, soft pancakes were so yum! I wouldn't do it all the time, because it is a lot of bacon, and thus a lot of fat, but an occasional treat would be fine.

I'm not going to post a recipe, because if you have a recipe for pancakes, you really don't need a recipe, but I will tell you what I did.

I made this batter for Buttermilk Pancakes. It's a pretty thick batter, so you might have to add extra buttermilk if it's too gloppy.

In the meantime I had bacon cooking in the microwave. If you normally cook bacon on the stove, you can use that method, but doing it the microwave way cuts down on the fat and the slices are cooked nice and flat so they work better overall. I got them fairly crisp so they would be easy to cut with a fork -- if they are too chewy I don't think you could cut through the pancake very easily. When the bacon is done remove it from the paper towels and place it on a platter, saving the greasy paper towels for greasing the griddle.

When the bacon was cooked to my liking and the batter was ready, I heated up my griddle. I use a Lodge cast iron griddle for pancakes, but any pan will do, a well-seasoned cast iron or non-stick. A griddle is not necessary but it made it easy to make several cakes at the same time.

I used a greasy paper towel from the bacon to smear grease all over the hot griddle. I placed several strips of bacon on the griddle, leaving room in between for the batter to spread a little. Then, with a spouted measuring cup I poured my batter on top of the bacon from one end to the other. I let it cook until bubbles appeared around the edges, and then flipped. I cooked them until they were completely done and them removed them from the griddle to a warming platter.

I served them with butter, syrup, and fresh fruit and milk -- for a complete breakfast!


Sara said...

We're such opposites! Give me the bacon and you keep the pancakes!

Anne said...

I saw that same picture in an old ad and thought that might be good. I don't care for pancakes (but love waffles made from the very same batter, go figure) all that much but thought this might make them good!
Glad to hear that they were good, I might just have to try this some day! ;) Hum, bacon bits in my batter and make them into waffles.... hum.....

Jamie Jo said...

Yay!! So glad you tried them and liked them!!

I wonder if crumpled bacon would be good, and wouldn't have to worry about that chewy thing?

Thanks for trying and posting them!!

Abby said...

I love this idea! I've seen it done several ways. But my 3-year-old would FREAK on me if I did this to his beloved bacon! He hasn't yet learned to love bacon dipped in maple syrup.