One of my favorite recipes to make when I have out of town guests are German Pancakes! This recipe is in my favorite book, The Home Experience, by friend & authors, Devi Titus and Marilyn Weiher. The book is a coffee table size book and is filled with super great recipes and chapters on Home Essential Principles, Vital Relationship Skills, Home Order, Home Lifestyle, and provides a Mentor's Guide in it. The first time I experienced these pancakes was in the home of Devi's and she prepared them. There is "nothing" like these! I love them even better than crepes! Come on, let's get to the real thing, German Pancakes and how to make them~ I prefer to use an electric mixer to combine all the ingredients, since I typically triple the recipe. I then grease round individual Teflon round cake pans for the batter to be poured in. Devi mentions in her recipe that she uses a jelly roll pan, and you can also do it that way. The reason I like to use the cake pans is that it makes a perfect round large single cake and it creates a nice presentation on the plate. Then, in the oven they go. Here's a view of them baking in the oven. Here one is after it was removed from the oven., ready to transfer to the serving dish.Next, I use melted butter and spread on the cake, I squeeze lemon juice over that and then coat it heavily with confectionery sugar (Devi offers a lemon sauce if you prefer to do it that way) The first time she made them for me, she prepared them the way I did for this post. Either way is superb!Next, you add your favorite fresh fruit...she prepares them with Strawberries, my favorite! Here we have the finished product placed on a green platter and it's ready to serve! Since I'm having breakfast in my Master Suite by the fireplace, all I'm waiting on now is the pot of tea to finish brewing...ah, I think that's the tea kettle whistle I hear... ;) On to my Tablescape...Breakfast will be served in my Master Suite this week for "moi"! The place where I love to treat myself...in my Grandmother's chair that I tried my hand at reupholstering a few years back. I recall her sitting in this chair everyday when I was a little girl. I didn't refinish the wood handles on the arms, I wanted to remember the worn areas where her hands would have rested... I love my favorite "Francois & Chic" lamp by the chair. Here's a closer look...I found this in a consignment store years ago with the original price tag still on it, $137., the consigner only was asking $27 for it. I was thrilled to bring it home! This tray was a hand made gift from my friend Kathleen from "Kathleen Ellis Life Style Designs". It's the perfect tray to use since she created it to go with my bedroom theme that has animal print here and there. Isn't it precious? I love it!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Breakfast in the Master Tablescape For 1 & Foodie Friday Combined!
A Duo Post Today~
I'm combining Foodie Friday with "Designs by Gollum" & Tablescape Thursday with "Between Naps On The Porch" in my post today! Be sure to drop on over to "Gollum" and visit all the other favorite foods by other blogs on Friday! And, you can visit Susan at "Between Naps On the Porch" on Thursday to see all the other shares! Thanks Ladies, your both great hosts!
I selected a black charger, a porcelain dinner plate from Germany, and the smaller center plate is also from Germany.A closer look at the smaller plate. I found it in the GW a few months back for only $2 in perfect condition.
This is a step by step process that I'm sharing as to how I created my Custom Napkin ring using things I had in my closet and drawers. I love to crochet, and a few weeks back I made this smaller doily out of a spool of ivory crochet thread.
I took a clean small sheer black neck scarf and pulled it through two side center spaces
I then pulled the napkin in between the top of the doily and the black scarf is on the back., I then pulled the ends up around to the top and tied a nice knot to allow the edges to flow softly. The napkin itself is a white damask napkin.
Since my tablescape location has limited space, I'm using a small shabby chic side table next to the chair to hold another bed tray. This is where I have my teacup, "Frenchy", purchased when I visited France. The sugar bowl, a miniature brandy sniffer, is being used. I am always reminded of Grandma when I use a brandy sniffer, she always loved them.
Lovely seasonal petunias are always on my menu for ambiance! ;)
Here's a close up of how the textures look on this tablescape...I love texture in my outdoor gardens and in my indoor decorating, including my tablescapes!
Ahhh...just let me slip right in to this chair now, the fireplace is lit and ready for me to enjoy my breakfast while enjoying the flame!
Ahhhh....This is the way I could start everyday! "Ringing of the breakfast bell"...I'm ready for you to bring the German Pancakes in now please! =)
Don't forget to enjoy all the other Tablescapes on Thursday and Foodies on Friday~~CC Catherine