Friday, July 11, 2008

Frugal Fridays - Oven Pancake with Banana Cherry Topping

Once again it is time for Frugal Fridays! A chance to show off my financial prowess in the kitchen - and tonight was frugally fabulous!

I noticed I did two weeks in a row of marinated chicken, so I decided to change things up this week with a Breakfast for Dinner meal. While blog-cruising (one of my favorite pastimes), I came across a couple great recipes. Oven Pancake came from the wonderful blog, NotSoPerfect Housewife. Hers was much more beautiful than mine, but I don't mind, because the taste was spot on! I did end up overcooking the edges, as is clearly visible in all my pictures. It detracts from the aesthetic value, but the flavor was still wonderful.

The topping recipe is one I adapted slightly from a banana topping posted by Jo of Sugar & Everything Nice. Yesterday my mom gave me some cherries they had picked the other day, and I chose to add some to this delicious topping, in addition to increasing the honey. This topping is not only great on pancakes, but can also be used to top dessert items like cupcakes or ice cream.

Ingredient prices:
Eggs, 4 - $1.28
Milk, 1 cup - $0.24
Flour, 1 cup - $0.11
Butter, 1/4 cup - $0.50
Bananas, 2 - $0.37
Honey, 2 tbsp. - $0.25

Ingredients with negligible price:
Sugar - pantry staple
Salt - pantry staple
Cinnamon - pantry staple
Cherries - free from my mom

Total Price: $2.75

Oven Pancake
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 heaping tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup butter

Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, and salt until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine flour and cinnamon. Add to wet ingredients and whisk until smooth. Let stand 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees (the recipe I followed said 500, but my pancake got a little overdone around the edges. I did a google search and found that most recipes say between 400 and 450). Place butter in a 9-inch pie plate, and put the plate in the oven until the butter is melted. Remove from oven.

Pour the batter into the pan. Return to oven and bake for 15 minutes, until puffy and golden brown. Don't let it get this dark:

During the last few minutes of cooking the pancake, start prepping your fruit for the topping so you can have the topping ready shortly after the pancake is done.

Banana Cherry Topping
2 bananas, sliced
10-12 cherries, pitted and quartered
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. honey

Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Heat over medium-low until warm, and bananas are slightly softened. Spoon over oven pancake.


KALVA said...

Wow so lovely dear... Very unique and novel dear... seems easy

Michelle said...

Ha ha ha! I would have just called it chocolate. Well done? Come on! Actually, cocoa would have been yummy in this too, with the bananas and cherries.... hmmm. :-) Looks good, you are so good at doing frugal meals. Do you want to come cook for me?

Ben said...

Those look and sound really good. I am hungry now :-p

Colleen said...

tasty. my family calls them german pancakes. it is the same recipe but we use 6 eggs, 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk and a little salt. and of coarse the butter. yummy. and we put it in a 9/13 pan instead. it was acually the first recipe that i made all by myself when i was a kid. never need to write it down. this baby is stuck in my head. yours looks great.