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Wednesday
Nov262014

Sour Cream Apple Pancakes

So enjoyed my time with Msgr. Jim, host of Telecare's Real Food chatting up my features from GHL and all my creative friends! Enjoy my apple pancake recipe inspired from fresh picking..

Msgr Jim Vlaun, George Hirsch on GHL set for Telecare's Real Food, image Alex Goetzfried

Breakfast? Brunch? Easy Dinner? or Dessert? ans. all 4

Pancakes are one of the earliest forms of bread and are served up geographically in different ways. Be all traditional with baking powder, or try prospecting with sourdough pancakes like the early pioneers. Flip ‘em with oatmeal or buckwheat when in Vermont; or for a Dutch Style treat serve with lemon, powdered sugar and jam. 

from George Hirsch Lifestyle TV series, apple picking Halsey Farm

Sour Cream Apple Pancakes 

Makes eight pancakes | chefgeorgehirsch.com 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon pure cane sugar

3/4 cup milk, variable

1/2 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg, beaten

3 Tablespoons butter, melted

*1 cup mixed sour sweet apples, peeled cored, and chopped

Additional butter to grease griddle

In a large bowl, mix together well with a whisk all dry ingredients the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. In a separate bowl mix all wet ingredients the sour cream milk, vanilla, egg and melted butter. Yes, use two bowls so the dry and wet ingredients blend better when combined. Add the wet to the dry and just strip with a large spoon or spatula until the dry ingredients have absorbed the wet. There may still be a few lumps, hats OK. Do not over mix, or pancakes will become tough.

Pre heat a non stick pan or lightly grease a griddle over medium high heat at 375 degrees F. Test the temperature by dropping a drop of water on surface of pan. Water will dance across the surface when at the correct temperature. You can test one cake before proceeding.

Check consistency of batter with a sample test pancake, if too think adjust with a few drops of milk. Pour one 1/4 cup scoop of batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Add apples at this time. You will begin to see bubbles form on the top side when brown on bottom, flip and brown on second side. Serve hot with syrup or favorite topping eaten immediately right off the griddle.

Finish off your stack with honey, molasses, can syrup, Nutella, or Maple Syrup.  Top with toasted nuts and powder sugar. If serving apple pancakes for dessert sprinkle a small amount of cinnamon sugar on top of sliced apples prior to flipping. 

Note: After peeling apples maybe chopped or sliced thin depending on your own preference and taste. Chopped apples can be added to the batter or placed on top of raw side of pancake while on the griddle. Sliced apples should nay be arranged on raw side of pancake while on griddle before flipping. And If making batter ahead the night before, add apples just before cooking. 

Tip: When using double acting baking powder (the most common available today) prepare my batter the night before, cover bowl and refrigerate. This not only saves time but more importantly allows the gluten to relax from mixing the batter, which makes for a more tender pancake. When you are ready to cook pancakes just gently stir the batter, do not mix too much or they will be tough. 

Test Your Baking Powder How old is your baking powder? 

Replace baking powder every 6-12 months after opening. The exact amount of time is determined by how much moisture gets into your container of baking powder. Do you immediately recover the cap; as you should, or do you leave the top off and cover it later when cleaning up? Store in a cool dry place. 

 

 

Monday
Nov242014

Thanksgiving Countdown: Favorite Sides

Editor Note: Watch George on CreateTV Tuesday Nov 25th at 7:30AM and 1:30PM EST.

This is the part of the Thanksgiving menu that does it for me. Steamy whipped mashed potatoes with flecks of caramelized garlic- my absolute favorite, especially with a side of my stuffing topped with a good gravy. Don't get me wrong, I won't pass up on the sweet potatoes and cranberry dressing. But if my plate is too full, then I might wait on the Wild Rice Stuffing until my next serving, then pair it with some Apple Brined Turkey

Wild Rice Stuffing

Cranberry Dressing

George’s Holiday Stuffing Recipe

Candied Sweet Potatoes & Apples

Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Garlic

 © Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com

What's Coming Up Tomorrow: Thanksgiving Countdown Continues with Appetizers & Snacks.

Sunday
Nov232014

Thanksgiving Countdown: Pies, Biscuits & Breads

If there is a part of Thanksgiving that evokes comfort, it’s got to be the dessert course. Choose from steamy biscuits, a sweet crumbly-n-nutty cornbread, and a perfectly tender pie crust. I've given you many secret baking tips to make your pies a success this holiday. You'll be sure to bake your pies with a properly baked bottom crust, with my 3, 2, 1 Pate Brisee Recipe.

Since today is only Monday, I suggest you to make a practice pie. I have given you plenty of how-to tips and chef secrets... the smallest adjustments can make a big difference with a delicious outcome. 

George’s as Easy as 3, 2, 1 Pate Brisee Recipe

Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Warm Apple Cobbler 

Pecan Cornbread

George's Biscuits

image © Hdconnelly | dreamtime.com

What's Coming Up on Tuesday: Thanksgiving Countdown Continues with Cakes & Cookies