This weekend we celebrated my husband's 30th birthday! He has had a hard time with this idea of getting older, but I for one, think he is just getting better with age! Let me take a minute to tell you about this husband I have. He is pretty awesome. He is one of the hardest workers I know, he is an amazing father and he. is. funny. He has done so many things for our family in the nearly 9 years that we have been married, including but not limited to...giving me 2 perfect babies, working so hard in school and work that I can be a stay-at-home mom, buying and fixing up multiple houses, and making me laugh a whole lot. But, one of the best things he has ever done for me personally, was win me a Kitchen Aid Mixer. That was pretty dang awesome of him.
Everyone raise your virtual hand if you read Our Best Bites! If you have your hand down, I'm telling you right now that you should! They not only share amazing recipes, but are laugh-out-loud funny! I strongly recommend. Anyhow, for those that don't know, about 6 months ago their second cook book was released. To celebrate, they hosted a contest where you were to photograph yourself with a picture of the new book and send it in to them to be judged. The best, most creative pictures would then be selected to receive prizes. I told Jason about it, but also included that I had no ideas to make myself stand out. He, however, has never backed down from a challenge, and viewed this as such. So he came up with this...
And we won!! Thanks to his creative mind and shameless desire to make people laugh, I now own a shiny red Kitchen Aid mixer (and there is this lovely picture floating out there in blog land for all the world to see)! See, he really is the best!! So happy birthday to him!
Okay, so I was getting to the recipe. These Mini Puffed Oven Pancakes are one of our very favorite recipes out of that Our Best Bites Cookbook. They are amazingly simply and incredibly delicious. Last time I made these, I had to whip up a second batch immediately because we devoured them so quickly! Then those disappeared just as fast. Jason loves them so much that he requested them for his birthday breakfast yesterday and we almost needed a third batch!
Mini Puffed Oven Pancakes
1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1/8 teaspoon salt
2-3 Tablespoons butter, melted
Whipped cream, optional
Place a nonstick mini muffin pan in the oven and heat to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, place the flour, milk, eggs and salt in a blender and blend until mixture is smooth. Remove the pan from the oven, doing so very carefully and with an oven mit, as the pan with be very hot. Quickly spray the wells with nonstick spray. Fill the muffin wells 3/4 full with batter.
Bake for 12-18 minutes, until batter is puffed and slightly golden on top. Remove the puffs and place on a plate or platter. Drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Drizzle with maple syrup or strawberry sauce and whipped cream, or eat them alone with your fingers! All ways are equally delicious!
3 cups frozen strawberries
2 Tablespoon sugar
Place strawberries and sugar in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until the strawberries release their juices, about 5 minutes. Cook for 1-2 minutes longer, stirring continuously and smashing berries slightly with a fork. Serve over pancake puffs.
Recipe Source: Pancake Puffs from Our Best Bites. Strawberry Sauce from The Unsophisticated Kitchen
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