Recipe Round Up: Pancakes, Bread, Noodles

Hey friends! I do not have any waffles to share with you this Wednesday, but I do have some recipe reviews!

First, we start with pancakes, or what I like to call “flat waffles.”

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One of the great things about my new job is that I come across some interesting things while researching news articles all day. While “pancakes” may not be one of my official topics, I spotted these Quinoa Pancakes while reading something else on the New York Times website last week.

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I’ve always wanted to bake with quinoa, but never have because the extra step of cooking the quinoa is enough to turn me off.

Yes, I am that lazy of a cook.

But last week I had a big pot of quinoa leftovers from the chana masala experiment just waiting to be used up in some creative way!

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I cut the recipe down by about one-third to make two small servings (or, in my case, one large serving + one snack later).

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Verdict?

LOVED ‘EM!

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I have always been a fan of quinoa’s “chew.” The added texture of that made the pancakes a lot more fun. The quinoa also added a nutty flavour, and made the flapjacks heartier with a touch of extra natural protein. A definite must-make!

Next up we’ve got one of my all-time favourite things to bake:

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Irish Brown Bread. Basically, an Irish soda bread with the addition of whole wheat flour and a little sugar. I ended up making my own recipe for this one because I couldn’t find one that suited all my needs. The thing that makes this version different is that I left out the butter. Trying to make it healthier! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled or quick oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups buttermilk

All mixed up and baked for 40 minutes in a 400F oven. I made this in a loaf pan, but you can just shape it into a round loaf and bake it on a cookie sheet too.

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You wouldn’t even know that I left the butter out! I think this is one of my favourite versions! It took me maybe 5 minutes to whip up, and 40 minutes of munching on baby carrots waiting for it to bake.

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I like soda bread best with eggs, fish, ham, or peanut butter on top. For lunch the other day I had two slices with spicy tuna and sour cream on top. Absolute perfection!

Speaking of sour cream, that leads us to the final dish.

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The Pioneer Woman’s Sour Cream Noodle Bake. I bookmarked this when she first posted it in March. Then I proceeded to forget all about it until I was scrolling through my bookmarks this weekend looking for an easy main dish to make. I have this habit of only bookmarking complicated ones.

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I got excited as soon as I spotted this again because I knew it was something the rest of my family would like. They say I eat “healthy.” Pfft.

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The only thing I changed was the use of light sour cream and cottage cheese, extra lean ground beef, and whole wheat egg noodles. Paired with some green veggies instead of white crusty bread.

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Okay, maybe I still eat kinda healthy even when I’m not trying. Overall, this recipe was good but not great. As with a lot of The Pioneer Woman’s savoury recipes, I found it a touch bland. But that is the hangup of my own tastebuds. I need to douse everything in sriracha to be satisfied. I had leftovers for lunch yesterday, eaten cold on top of spinach, and it was even pretty good that way!

So here’s where I ask you: What’s one good recipe you’ve tried lately? As my gal Holly says, sharing is caring!

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Posted on June 1, 2011, in Baking, Recipes, Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. The pancakes sound awesome! next time I’ll make quinoa, I will save some for these pancakes!
    This weekend I made awesome brownies,which I almost ate all by myself. http://www.anjasfood4thought.com/2010/06/no-guilt-brownies.html
    They are marvelous!

  2. I just made this Indonesian Rice Salad last night and am loving it right now. I think you’d like it.

    http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1842,156172-249194,00.html

  3. I have not baked with quinoa in a long time – I love it’s texture also… these pancakes look great!! (I LOVE to have an extra to snack on later too!) :)

  4. i haven’t been following recipes lately but i did come up with one for an african vegan stew that i’m particularly proud of:

    http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/i-dreamed-of-africa/

  5. You’re bread always looks so good! I don’t think I have the finesse that you have. :)

  6. Oh I had that quinoa pancake recipe bookmarked! But forgot about it bc I bookmark too many good recipes.

    Ah, Susan, you know the Pioneer Woman doesn’t use low-fat products. Maybe that made the difference in taste? But you could also just try a bit of balsamic vinegar in there, shots of hot sauce. :-)

  7. Did you not use any bicarbonate of soda for the bread? Or does the buttermilk react witht he sugar/salt in some way to make the bread rise?

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