Friday, December 30, 2016

Make Ahead Breakfast Cake

1 1/4 c flour                                    1 egg
1/3 - 1/2 c sugar                              topping: 4 TB flour
1 tsp baking powder                                      4 TB butter
pinch salt                                                       6 TB sugar (brown or white)
1/4 c shortening                                             1/2 tsp cinnamon
2/3 c milk                                                       1/2 c oatmeal
opt: 1/2 c vanilla yogurt                          opt: 1/4 tsp each: clovers, ginger

single- 8" square pan
double - 8 x 11 pan
4x - jelly roll pan

Sift dry ingredients, cut in shortening, then add milk and egg. Pour into pan. Sprinkle topping over batter. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. bake 25-30 min at 400 F.

Pancake / Waffle Mix

I've gone thru a few different pancake mixes over the years and while some may taste better, this is the one that fits just right - in the middle of ease and cost efficiency.

I make double or triple of the base mix and then store it in the pantry - using 2 c of the mix at a time for our meals which include pancakes or waffles. I usually use powdered milk that I've mixed up for the milk, but if I don't want to take the time, I use 1/2 water and 1/2 whole milk.

I'll often add wheat germ or bran flakes to the mix, but not always. It's very forgiving as far as mixes go. If I want it a little thinner one day to do more pancakes than waffles, I'll just add a little water.

Base Mix:
3 c white flour (or 2 c white, 1 c wheat)                          2 tsp. baking powder
1 T brown sugar                                                               1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c rolled oats                                                                   1/2 tsp. salt
opt: 1/4 - 1/2 c wheat bran or wheat germ

Pancake or Waffles:
2 c mix
2 eggs
2 c buttermilk
1/2 c oil
Mix well so there's no lumps. Spray pans and cook. Makes abt 4 waffles and 20 pancakes.
Note: Buttermilk can be made by adding 1 T vinegar to each c of regular milk.

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