Wednesday, February 8, 2012

a warranted re-do

Some mornings deserve a re-do. Sometimes you wake up and there is too much moisture in the air and your hair balloons to gargantuan proportions. Sometimes you spill orange juice on your pants. Sometimes your morning run feels achingly slow and no matter how many cups of coffee you drink, your head still feels a little foggy.

On such mornings you need to hit the reset button. Fall back onto your bed after your slow run, take a nap and dream about orange muffins. Then wake up and make muffin-inspired pancakes for yourself.

Orange zest/juice, dried cranberries, and oats set these pancakes apart from traditional hotcakes. They have the texture of a muffin and do not need any syrup. They are improved (as most things in life are) with a dusting of confectioners sugar.

These pancakes will not make your hair less frizzy, remove the juice stain from your favorite pants, or make your mile time faster. But I promise the bright citrus flavor will help lift your mental fog and the act of eating pancakes will put you in a better mood.

Cranberry Orange Streusel Pancakes

makes 2-4inch pancakes
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons dried oats
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup whole milk
dash of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange zest
dash of fresh oj
handful of dried cranberries

1. In a bowl, mix flour, oats baking powder and soda, salt and sugar
2. Add milk, vanilla, and oil, whisking until just incorporated (it will be a dense batter)
3. Fold in orange juice, zest and cranberries
4. Cook in a frying pan over medium heat until golden, flipping once
5. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar before serving

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