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BRUNCH: Banana Pancakes

Brunch Menu: Banana Pancakes with Raspberry Syrup, Cheesy Scrambled Eggs, Orange Glazed Country Ham

Put brunch together in about 30 minutes and serve up homemade smiles. First, prepare the syrup and put on low heat, then slice and prep the ham, have your little one crack and beat the eggs, heat the oil while you mix the pancake batter. Broil the glazed ham, drop the pancakes and cook the eggs over low heat.

Orange Glazed Country Ham

This is perfect for using up leftover holiday ham, or any sliceable ham you have around. Our choice is Smoke’NFast CarveMaster® Ham, a premium whole muscle ham by Smithfield Farmland ®. [ more info ]

Ingredients

1/2 cup orange juice

2 heaping tbsp dark brown sugar

Ham of your choice, fully cooked

Equipment: square or rectangular glass baking pan, small bowl, fork or whisk

Method

Heat the oven to 425°F. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and orange juice, until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.

Slice the ham and lay the slices on the bottom of the pan. Pour some of the juice mixture over the slices. Lay down another set of ham slices and pour over the remaining juice. Ensure that each slice gets coverage,

Place on the top rack of the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Take the pan out and turn the slices over, spreading around the glaze. Turn the oven up to broil and return the pan to the rack. Cook for 5-10 minutes more, or until the top layer of ham is browned. Remove from oven.

Banana Pancake Batter

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 heaping tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 milk (or sub water)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3-5 overripe bananas (better when the skins are black)
  • Equipment:  Large frying pan or cast iron skillet, wooden spoon, medium bowl, small bowl, fork, spatula

Method

In a small bowl, mash the peeled bananas with a fork until it forms a shiny, thick puree. There will be small bits of banana visible in the dark liquid. Set aside.

Pour 1/4 cup vegetable oil into the pan and turn the heat onto medium high. Keep and eye on it while you mix the batter.

In a medium bowl, mix together all dry ingredients with a wooden spoon. Make a hole inthe middle of the dry mix and pour in the beaten egg, the milk and half the water. Use the spoon to mix into a stiff batter. Addthe rest of the water and mix until the batter is more liquidy. Add the mashed bananas and combine into a smooth, silky batter. Do not overmix. Taste the batter and make sure it tastes sweet. Overripe bananas will add lots of natural sweetness with a bit of tang, but less ripe bananas will have less flavour. If it is not that sweet, add another tbsp of either white or brown sugar.

Cheesy Scrambled Eggs

If you have a five year old or older child that wants to help out in the kitchen, they can join the KP by cracking and stirring eggs. At the start of this session, I let my daughter bring the eggs out of the fridge - very carefully! Then she gleefully cracked 6 eggs into a medium stainless steel bowl and stirred it with a fork. This keeps her occupied enough to let me get other stuff done, like putting in the ham.

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