Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Pancake by Peg Cochran

This is a recipe my late husband and I cut out of the NY Times back in the late 70s or early 80s.  It's called "David Eyre's Pancake" and  it quickly became a favorite for Christmas morning breakfast.  It's very easy to make and quick to assemble.  Serve it topped with confectioners' sugar or topped with your favorite jelly or jam.  It puffs up beautifully in the oven and makes a wonderful presentation--almost as exciting as the Christmas gifts themselves!

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Combine flour, eggs, milk and nutmeg
Combine flour, milk, eggs and nutmeg.  Beat lightly leaving the mixture slightly lumpy.
Melt the butter in a 12-inch skillet with a heatproof handle.  When the butter is very hot but not brown, pour in your batter.  Place in oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.

Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and return briefly to the oven to melt.  Makes 4 to 6 servings...or less depending on your appetite!  If you have the batter all ready, you can put it together and pop it into the oven as the last presents are being opened.

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  1. Oh yummm, but I don't have a skillet I can put in the oven. Oh, Santa...

  2. I've been making "David Eyre's Pancake" for years. I first read about it in the Honolulu daily paper. It is indeed delicious and so easy. Thanks reminding me about it; I have a houseful of company coming for Christmas and it will be perfect to make.

  3. I know Santa will hear you Kat:). We used to make something like this back in the late 70's and 80's also. But then served it either with sauteed sliced apples or blueberries and maybe a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. can't wait to revive it, thanks Peg!

  4. I love this kind of pancake. I usually add blueberries or apples, like Lucy. They're such a treat hot from the oven!


  5. Sharon, I believe David Eyre was from Hawaii, and he was known for serving this to house guests. It's so easy to make but when it's all puffed from the oven, it looks so impressive!

  6. Peg, I remember having this pancake. It's wonderful drizzled with warm apples in brown sugar sauce. Lots of sugar to keep you going. LOL.

    Daryl aka Avery

  7. All these ideas sound so good. Do I have to wait until Christmas?
    I want it now!

  8. I love this idea, Peg. We have some Nova Scotia blueberry syrup already waiting for the right pancake. I think I might try those apples with it. Thanks!

  9. Hi, Ladies of murder and mayhem. I too write foodie cozies that are set on Provinctown on Cape Cod, Nantucket Island, and soon Maine. How do I join your group? I post some of my recipes on Pinterest. My Nantucket cozy, India Street: Case of the Killer Scallops has brought request for a New England fish cookbook. Soon, when I have a minute to spare!!! Cynthia Gallant-Simpson

  10. Thank you so much.Definitely having this Christmas morning.

  11. Peg - I love this pancake. We call it a Dutch Baby and my version is made in a cake pan. We then squeeze a bit of lemon (yes, lemon!) on it and sprinkle it with powdered sugar. Heaven!

    Sending you and your family the very best wishes for a happy (and delicious) holiday!
    ~ Cleo