I am almost getting sick of myself at still being amazed by Smart Kitchen.
At our house, we try to have a Sunday breakfast policy of family made pancakes or French Toast done together. This past Sunday we were using a recipe from Joy of Cooking and my 5 year old who has been tagging along on my lessons in the Smart Kitchen beta test suggested that we add orange juice to the pancake batter. I said “sure” without thinking about it.
But then my new Smart Kitchen brain kicked in. “What about the extra liquid in the batter?” Can you believe it? Unbidden the answers came. “More flour and maybe a touch more baking powder. 2 eggs should still be okay.” Who was I?
We made the changes and poured the liquid portion of the batter into the divit Teaching Chef had taught me to make in the flour and which I had taught my daughter to make.
She whisked it all together in the big bowl as I pre-heated the cast iron skillet. My daughter timed our adding in the batter by the heat of the skillet, using the butter as a visual clue. Together, (safety first with kids & stoves) we poured in the first spoons of batter. She watched for the visual clue about when to turn them and scared her Dad flipping them, but actually did a great job.
OMG the pancakes were the best I’d ever made. That’s the shock, in a good way, of this Smart Kitchen. They break things down so you do different steps. A 5 year old was doing it. Now its kind of embarassing that over the last 40 odd years, I’ve made a lot of pancakes and these were the first that were truly great. Just practicing solo didn’t get me there. A few simple changes and the ability to improvise learned from Smart Kitchen did. We, my 5 year old and I, made 5 star, good restaurant quality food. She’s not really an eater like her old man but she had 4 pancakes yesterday and 3 more (reheated) today.
And I admit to having a few pancakes myself. They were like a treat, crispy, with just the right sweetness and orange tang. I didn’t want to risk wrecking them by adding syrup, even the real maple stuff. I actually had to exert some will power over the cakey goodness or I might have demolished the pile of them we were saving for the kids’ breakfasts this week.
That’s another Smart Kitchen thing. We do a bit more planning and make pancakes for a few days while we have the gear out. They keep and are real economical. I’m thinking of them now and can’t touch them so I’m writing about them instead. I can’t wait until next Sunday to see if we can do it again. I will be really excited to have those great pancakes be more than a fluke.
If I get bold, I might experiment with some of the batter to make something a bit more savory. Maybe add in some spreadable cheddar or some feta into the batter and see how that turns out. We will keep you posted.