In my opinion, there’s not much that can beat hot, fluffy pancakes for breakfast or brunch. I love them because not only do they taste fantastic, but they’re also filling and so easy to make. When you start with locally grown and milled grain, as Castor River Farm does for its pancake mix, the result is even more delicious and satisfying. As a guest-worthy meal, I paired a large, oven-baked pancake with pears from Warners’ Farm and my taste testers gave thumbs up all around. If you’re feeding guests who are fans of breakfast, this dish, inspired by the Ottawa Farmers’ Market‘s Holiday Farmers’ Feast basket, is sure to please. And here’s a tip – a bag of the aforementioned pancake mix would be a great gift for the foodies in your life.
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) milk
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) Castor River Farms Pancake Mix *
- 2 tablespoons (30 mL) plus 1 teaspoon (5 mL) maple or white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 mL) cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons (45 mL) + 1 tablespoon (15 mL) butter
- 1 medium pear, cored and cut into 1/3 inch (.7 cm) slices
- Icing sugar, for serving
* you can substitute 1/3 cup all purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
- Place a 9 inch cast iron skillet in the oven and preheat to 425F.
- Beat the eggs in a bowl using an electric or stand mixer until they are pale and fluffy.
- Add the milk, pancake mix, 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon.
- Add 3 tablespoons (45 mL) of the butter to the hot skillet and swirl to melt.
- Quickly pour the batter into the skillet and return it to the oven to bake for about 12 – 15 minutes, until the pancake is set, puffy and golden – check the underside to make sure it is golden brown as well.
- While the pancake bakes, make the caramelized pears. Put the remaining tablespoon of butter in a clean skillet and heat it over medium-high heat. When it’s melted and bubbling, add the pear slices and cook for a few minutes, without moving.
- Flip the pear slices and let them caramelize on the other side (dial down or raise the heat if they’re browning too quickly or not caramelizing). The total cook time should be approximately 5-8 minutes; the pear slices should soften and be lightly caramelized on both sides. Sprinkle with remaining teaspoon of sugar.
- Once the pancake is done, remove it from the oven and scatter caramelized pear slices plus any pan juices over top. Cut in half, place on plates and dust with icing sugar.