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Author Notes: This is a pancake that's perfect for an autumn brunch or special holiday breakfast. It has the spices I identify most with autumn and winter with a burst of cranberry that yells "holidays!". The compote gives another punch with cranberries, apple and maple syrup. What I love about these pancakes is that I don't have to babysit them while I time when I'm going to flip them or worry about whether the griddle is getting too hot. I just pop them in the oven, put some bacon on to fry and clean up the kitchen while they bake. Best of all, they puff up, a little like Dutch Baby Pancakes, but don't fall much at all so that they look beautiful all the way to the table and the mouth. Note: this recipe calls for candied lemon peel. If you don't have any, I provide some directions below on how to make it. If you don't want to go to that trouble, just substitute 1 teaspoons lemon zest in the pancakes and 1/4 teaspoon zest in the compote. —TheWimpyVegetarian
Cranberry Spiced Pancake Souffle
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons light brown sugar, plus more for dusting the tops of the pancakes
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 4 teaspoons pomegranate molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups cranberries
- 4 teaspoons candied lemon peel
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Place the pans or skillet(s) you plan to use for the batter into the oven and preheat the oven to 400F. I use six 6" cake pans so that everyone can have their own personal pancake souffle, but you can alternatively use an ovenproof skillet(s) and divide the pancake into slices at the table.
- Thoroughly mix all the dry ingredients together from the flour through the salt (listed above) using a whisk to ensure the baking powder and other dry ingredients are evenly mixed into the flour. Set aside.
- Mix together the milk, egg yolks, pomegranate molasses and vanilla extract in a medium bowl while separately whipping the egg whites in a mixer using the whisk attachment. If you're substituting lemon zest for the candied peel, add the zest now. Stir or whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. It's fine if the batter is a little lumpy.
- When the whipped egg whites are at a 'soft peak' stage, fold in 1/3 of the egg white into the batter. When completely folded in, fold in the final 2/3 of the whipped egg whites until fairly smooth, being careful not to overfold the whites. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes.
- Remove the heated pans from the oven and completely coat the bottoms of the pans (or skillets) with the melted butter. Pour the batter in, evenly dividing it between the pans or skillets. Sprinkle the candied lemon peel and cranberries on top and sprinkle the tops with a dusting of brown sugar. Return the pans or skillets to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
- To remove baked pancake souffles from the pans, carefully pull them away from the sides with a knife and edge a spatula underneath. They won't deflate with the handling.
- Note: to candy lemon peel: (1) Use a potato peeler to remove the peel of a lemon. (2) Put into a pot of water and bring to a boil. Boil for 2-3 minutes and empty the pot. Do this 2 more times, each time with fresh water. (3) Make a simple syrup of equal parts of sugar and water and boil for 10 minutes. (4) Put the peel into the simple syrup for 10-15 minutes. (5) Remove and cool on a cooling rack placed over a cookie sheet to catch the drippings. (6) Slice into slivers. This can be done the day ahead.
- 1 1/3 cups apple cider
- 4 teaspoons light brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup maple syrup plus more for the table
- 1 1/3 cups cranberries
- 2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (I used Granny Smith)
- 1 tablespoon candied lemon peel, minced
- Bring the cider, butter, and brown sugar to a boil. Boil for 10-15 minutes to reduce by one third. Add the maple syrup and bring back to a boil. Boil for 10 more minutes to further reduce by another one third.
- Add the cranberries, apples and candied lemon peel. Simmer until the cranberries have popped and the liquid has become syrupy. Set aside until the pancakes are ready to be served.
- When ready to serve, I sift a little confectioners sugar on the pancake, spoon some compote in the middle of the pancake and pour a little warmed syrup over the compote. Sheer Heaven. (Note: the compote can be made the day ahead.)
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Holiday Breakfast
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Pancakes