Are you outside every waking moment, too? It's been nice to get the flowers and the veggies in for the most part. I say every year that it's the Year of the Yard and then you know, it's scorched in a few short months and our water bill spikes uncomfortably. But whatever, it's fun. I now know why they make those kid sized gardening tools, too. I'm not sure I'll ever get mine back. The Boss is a fan of digging. And watering. It's super cute and muddy and exactly what I had hoped for in a helper.
Oh! I got a new camera as part of my awesome birthday/Mother's Day extravaganza. I really need to hunker down and learn about it so I can use it to the full capacity. I really need to learn a bit about photography in general though.
All the better to capture the snot and boogers.
and tickle reactions. My girl loves a good tickle.
And even better tantrum-in-progress pictures. I love me some tantrum pictures. You know what she said to me after I snapped these? A very emphatic "No, Thank You!" It was hilarious. I cannot resist the polite sass!
I know, I'm a cruel, cruel mama. Hey, life isn't sugar coated 'round here. Sometimes there are tears.
But to make it all better (on a different day), we all slept in this weekend. I don't even mean the pretend sleeping in that parents do...you know, that "wow, we slept til 7!" kind of sleeping in. For some strange reason we all slept in until 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. I woke up and panicked that we were no longer living in the real world. Kinda of like that first time your baby sleeps for a long stretch and you have to go check to make sure they are still breathing. Like that.
So on a most notable sleeping in day, I wanted pancakes. For some reason, as much as I consider myself a pretty good cook and baker, I usually screw up pancakes. It's some kind of weird curse. Perhaps for sleeping in.
Then I remembered there was a recipe in the Penzey's spice catalog for one of those Dutch Baby baked pancakes. You know, the one that is featured at the top of the International House of Pancakes menu that says something like "order this and you will wait at least 30 minutes longer for your food than everyone else at your table" so you never order it. That one. This recipe seemed particularly appealing because it had some cinnamon apple goodness baked right into it.
It was quite yummy and buttery and not at all like a regular pancake-much more eggy, but a nice change of pace breakfast for our nice change of pace kind of Sunday.
Clearly, I gotta work on the food photography. This thing isn't really all that pretty anyway, but I assure you, the taste makes up for it!
I suggest you have a highly skilled sous chef to toss your apple slices in cinnamon sugar, too. It tastes better when you have help.
Apple Dutch Baby
recipe source: Penzey's catalog
1/4 Cup butter (1/2 stick), divided
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 Cup all-purpose flour
3/4 Cup milk
1/2 tsp. salt
2 medium baking apples, peeled and thinly sliced (I used Granny Smith)
3 TB. cinnamon sugar, divided
Preheat oven to 400°.
Divide butter evenly between two 9 inch pie plates and put them in the oven to melt the butter. Rotate the pie plates until the butter coats the bottom and the sides. To make dividing the ingredients between the two plates easier, we used a 4-Cup measuring cup as our mixing bowl. Beat eggs, vanilla extract, flour, milk, and salt on medium speed for 1 minute.
Toss the sliced apples with 2 TB. of the cinnamon sugar. Arrange 1/2 of the apple slices in each pan so they cover the bottom in pretty much a single layer. Pour 1/2 the egg mixture over the apple slices in each pan. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar over the batter in each pan. Bake until puffed and golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Serve right away, while still puffy, with warm syrup.
note: I used both a 9 inch pie pan and an 8.25 inch round baking dish. Both came out perfectly, but if you use something smaller than a 9 inch pie pan, you'll need a few extra baking minutes and your Dutch Baby will be a little thicker.