Monday, January 21, 2008

Early! Lucky!

This might not go over well with some of you, but strawberry season started down here about a month ago! I don't mean to rub it in or anything, but it's pretty fuckin' great. I don't remember ever getting sweet strawberries this early, and the season has only just begun.

I've been making strawberry pancakes just about every weekend since we got back from India. I adapted the batter from The New Farm, but have made so many tweaks to the recipe, I'm pretty content to call it my own. Dazee is a pretty delicate eater and pancakes aren't my favorite leftovers, so this recipe makes the perfect amount for us--four medium sized pancakes. I like pancakes a little crispy and dark, so you can cook yours lighter if you want!

Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes

3/4 atta flour or whole wheat pastry flour
1 tablespoon unbleached granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamon

1 tablespoon canola oil
3/4 cup non-dairy milk

1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/4 chopped pecans

Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl. Dump in the oil and milk and stir until just mixed. Fold in the berries and pecans and add a splash more milk if it's too thick.

Divide the batter into fourths and cook on a lightly greased griddle. You know, make pancakes! I served these with grade B maple syrup and Julie Hasson's awesome new sausages (lightly browned in oil).


  1. WTF?!? I am in Texas and I didn't know anything about strawberry's coming into season early!!!!

    My Albertson's produce man is going to get an earful!


  2. I dunno! Our Farmers' Market has had them for five weeks or so, they're LA berries...


  3. Kittee, your breakfast looks scrumptious! And those berries... Yum!

  4. Daaaamn girl, I'm over here drinking Haterade since I'm knee deep in root veggies with no strawberries in sight!

  5. Well consider me insanely jealous... What I wouldn't give for some fresh berries right about now...!

  6. yep, your breakfast looks officially more fresh and red and scrumptious than anything I've put in my a.m. gullet in a loooooong time. something to look forward too, I guess!

  7. Yum!! I've got months to wait for that. But your cake recipe sounds great. Cardamom in pancakes, how brilliant!

  8. mmmm... these pancakes look fantastical. i've seen strawbabies in texas, but, they're a little puny.

  9. Curse you, eater of strawberries! Wait, what am I jealous of? In only 4 or 5 months, I too will have delicious seasonal strawberries with which to enjoy your fabulous pancake recipe!

  10. gah! strawberries!!! it is solidly SNOW SEASON in north jersey.

  11. I'm 5 months away from strawberries and I'm so envious of you! Those pancakes look divine too.

  12. I am so jealous! We're still in the land of snow up here in Canada. :(

  13. Hi Kittee, we just received Papa Tofu a few days ago, thank you both for the quick delivery! I love the layout, and will be cooking Ethiopian soon - we don't have any Ethiopian restaurants where we live, so it's all new to us.

    I did have one imported strawberry yesterday from a salad bar, how funny (and deprived...) is that!

  14. Yep, living in the South does have advantages! We had local strawberries at the farmers market here in Houston as well!

  15. Kittee - Your pancakes were the center of our Fat Tuesday supper. We made three batches - strawberry/pecan, blueberry/almond, and banana/black walnut. All delicious! Thanks!

  16. Isn't it great living in the South?!? The farmers market here in Texas has a large bounty early as well. Yippee! I think my East Coast and Mid-west friends don't like me this time of year. Seeing that our winters hold 60 degree weather and theirs hold 20. Brr! No thanks. Let me know when Papa Tofu is ready. Happy Mardi Gras.



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