Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Pan Cakes with Flare

Having graduated with a double major in English & Art History, I’ll be the first to say that math and science aren’t my strong suit. I took all required classes but I’m way more of a Chaucer and Caravaggio kinda girl, than the Galileo or Einstein type.

There’s no doubting that my willingness to jump into anything scientific has grown exponentially, given that the science of baking and cooking is definitely a science that speaks to me. And of course, whenever the division needed to figure out how much that new bundt pan will cost me on sale is necessary, I’m your girl (or y’know the girl that will ask my husband exactly how much we'll be saving…).

Having said all that, my list of favorite scientists is starting to grow, and on that list? Dr. Thomas Povey, Professor of Engineering at Oxford. He’s a rocket scientist who, among other feats, seriously cut down my cooking time in the kitchen. I like to think of him as the patron scientist of Mama’s to two under two.

Nordic Ware’s recent introduction of the Flare Cookware line has brought an innovative, practical and revolutionary product, to a market that could use this ingenuity.

Dr. Povey used his experience of trying to boil water on a camp stove while mountain climbing in the Alps (only slightly more difficult than trying to boil water with a newborn and toddler in the background) to develop a product that would both heat up and cook food faster, more evenly and efficiently.

Hello, Flare Cookware!


With the addition of scales to the bottom of the pan, the absorption of the stoves heat energy is quicker and held, not dissipating. This result in less time preheating, less cooking time and less energy.


With Flare, less is more.

More time to enjoy breakfast and less time cooking it. More time to read stories and less time scrambling eggs.

In my opinion, recipes need to be quick and easy and the fewer bowls or items needed for prep, and the less time in the kitchen the better. While pancakes definitely meet the first criteria, for some reason they always take me for.ev.er. They’re so easy and with the addition of fruits and altering which flour I use or which additions I make, are a quick and healthy meal option for our toddler. But what toddler (or Mom for that matter) is patient enough for the process of ladling batter onto a frying pan over and over and over again, with later batches burning, early batches taking ridiculously long to cook and so on?

And have you tried to clean a pan after making a dozen pancakes?

No. No thank you.

Not the case now! I literally made 10, evenly and perfectly cooked pancakes, in 15 minutes. And the pan wiped clean afterwards.


*Cue confetti*

And these weren’t just any instant, light pancakes. These were legit pan cakes. They bear a denser texture, a stronger flavor and are definitely hearty. I adapted my grandmother’s recipe. The one she’d make occasionally and have ready for us after school, warm and gigantic. These don’t need any syrup or topping, but of course you’re welcome to garnish and dress them up however you’d like! I may or may not have made a maple icing drizzle for them the last time…



Definite to do list items for this week?

1. Get yourself a Flare pan.

2. Make these pancakes.

You’re welcome!

Pancakes
Makes 10, 8” pancakes

1 C whole milk (3%), cold
½ C white sugar
2 large eggs (cold)
1 ½ C all purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
dash of cinnamon

Whisk all ingredient, in order, until just combined
Allow to rest for 1-2 minutes
Using a ladle, fill the surface area of the pan with batter, leaving enough room to flip the pancake with a spatula.
Allow to cook for 1 minute* and flip
Cook for an additional 30 seconds
Turn onto a platter and repeat until you’ve used all the batter
Best served warm, and on the same day (can be kept in a sealed container, in the fridge for up to 3, reheat before serving)

*Times may vary depending on your stove. These times are based on our electric stove.

Disclaimer: The 8" Flare pan used and mentioned within the post, was generously provided by Nordic Ware. All opinions expressed above are completely my own.