Fine - YES! I've spent most of my waking hours watching Downton Abbey. All of it. Every episode, every season. All in about 2 weekends. STOP JUDGING ME!
Okay, you can judge.
My brother bought it for my mom for Christmas. We all watched the first episode late one night - I was instantly hooked. Please tell me I'm not the only one. Please... come on, someone!
I have another confession to make. I wanted to hate it. I totally did. Why? I don't know - I just did. When everyone loves a movie or a book or a TV series, I'm usually the one scratching my head wondering why I don't. Why I have to be the odd one out?
Downton Abbey has me under it's spell...and I love it. Every episode has brought tears to my eyes. The music is beautiful and tugs at your heartstrings at all the right moments. The scenery will make your knees weak. The rolling hills, the gardens, the house, the dresses, the eye candy- swoon.
Needless to say, I haven't really been spending my time testing new recipes, I've been eating Smart Puffs in my jammies, on the couch, with my cat and husband. *Losers* Can you "loser sneeze" yourself? I just did - so I guess so....
In any case, pancakes! My hubby loves breakfast for dinner and I love pancakes, so we've been eating mounds of these puppies. I really haven't met a boxed pancake mix that can trump these. Give your family a pancake Pepsi challenge and you let me know. These babies will give you a run for your money. They're light and fluffy (as pancakes should be) and full of flavor. Plump blueberries and loads of vanilla and warm cinnamon, yeah, they rock, I'm just gonna say that about that.
Makes about 12 pancakes
1 1/2 cups flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon white sugar (brown will work equally as well)
1 1/4 cup Almond milk (regular is fine)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 pint fresh blueberries
In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and sugar. Use a fork or whisk to incorporate the ingredients.
Make a well in the center and pour the milk, vanilla, beaten egg and melted butter; mix until smooth. The batter will be runny.
Go over your blueberries and find any stray stems or icky berries. Gently fold the berries into the mix.
Preheat a large pan over medium/high heat. Add about a tablespoon of oil. My family likes oil instead of butter when it comes to pancakes. We like the crispy edges oil offers.
I use a 1/4 cup scoop to ensure same size(ish) pancakes. Add your batter and flip when you see lots of little bubbles form. They should only take about 3 minutes per side.
Keep warm and serve with salty butter and rich maple syrup - the real stuff.
Oh, and go watch some Downton. Fall in love then get on Twitter so we can swoon together!