Sunday, August 22, 2010

Why I love it when Darrell goes out with the guys

Or, Breakfast for Dinner...

I am of the school of thought that sometimes there is nothing better than breakfast for dinner.

And what's not to love?

It's easy, cheap, fast, delicious, and filling.

Plus, I hate mornings so much, I never have a "proper" breakfast.

Darrell, however, is firmly entrenched in the opposite viewpoint.

Breakfast is only an acceptable option before 9:30 in the morning.

And not before 5:30 in the morning.

I've tried the, "Darrell, it's 6:00 at night, so it's earlier than 9:30 tomorrow morning.  We should have breakfast for dinner."


So, basically anytime Darrell goes out with his friends for dinner, I know EXACTLY what I will eat for dinner.

BREAKFAST!  (Cue angelic singing).

This very scenario played out this past Friday.

I made myself some Oatmeal Pancakes--some with blueberries, Buttermilk Syrup (Lucinda, for introducing this most delicious elixirs, I hex you!  I'm sure it is responsible for several of my current pounds!), and bacon.  I was going to throw in some hash browns, but got too full on the above.

Last night, as we were trying to decide what to eat for dinner, Darrell suggested Dunkin' Donuts.  I told him that we can't eat donuts for dinner.

To which he replied, "Why not?  You just ate breakfast for dinner last night.  And donuts are a breakfast food!"

I think I'll break him yet.

Here are my favorite recipes for the Oatmeal Pancakes and Buttermilk Syrup.

Oatmeal Pancakes

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup flour
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten

Combine dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, whisk buttermilk and eggs and then combine with dry ingredients.  Mix until combined, but don't over mix.

Cook pancakes on hot griddle.  I used a quarter-cup measuring cup, which will make 12 pancakes.  This recipe can very easily be cut in half (which I do...I can't eat 12...not even 6 pancakes).

Normally when you use buttermilk, you are supposed to use baking powder, but the baking soda in this recipe works.  Thanks to my mom, I remember that you DO use baking soda when using buttermilk.  DUH!

Buttermilk Syrup

1 1/2 cups butter
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
3 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp baking soda

In a large saucepan (larger than you think you'll need, since the syrup will foam up in the end), combine the butter, buttermilk, and sugar.  Bring to a boil, stirring regularly.

Remove from the heat and add vanilla and baking soda.  It will foam up now.  Stir to combine.

Try hard not to sit in front of the TV and eat this like soup.

I always cut this recipe into a third.  It's really good and if, by some crazy miracle, you have any left over, keep it in the fridge.  I'm told it keeps for a couple of weeks.  I haven't tested this theory yet.


Just Pam said...

This syrup reminds me of Sweetened Condensed Milk!!! Thick and G-O-O-D!!!
BTW in pancakes and other baked goods, it is soda that you use with buttermilk. I have never seen pancakes without baking powder--anxious to try these!

Sarah said...

Yeah, my hubby hates bfast for dinner too, so I make toast and he'll have a blt with the bacon, or a bfast burrito with the eggs and bacon. He just doesn't understand. Oh well. I'll be trying your recipes next time I'm cooking!

Ginger said...

I'm glad you were able to enjoy your breakfast, or was it dinner? I love it too, and the buttermilk syrup? Forget about it- most delicious EVER!