February 28, 2008

Rhubarb-Orange Pancakes


Ingredients:
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup diced rhubarb
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon orange extract or liqueur
1/4 teaspoon orange zest
1 egg

Directions:
Whisk together the egg, extract, zest and buttermilk in a small bowl or measuring cup. Set aside. In the medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, salt and baking soda. Slowly whisk in the egg/buttermilk mixture until a smooth batter forms. It may bubble slightly. Fold in rhubarb. Spray a frying pan or griddle with nonstick spray or melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Heat the pan so that it feels warm when you hover your hand over it. Add about 1/2 cup of the batter into the middle. Cook until bubbles begin to appear and pop. Flip. Cook for about 2 minutes. Both sides should be golden brown.

Yields about 4-5 mid-sized pancakes.


My thoughts:

I was excited to see that this month's In the Bag ingredients were rhubarb, orange and sugar. They are some of my favorite foods to cook with this time of year. I was thinking about making a dessert or a bread but then I thought pancakes might be fun. I really enjoyed them, there were bits of orange zest and tart rhubarb throughout and the pancakes were the height of fluffy perfection.

10 comments:

  1. I love that you've made pancakes Rachel, they look sooo good.

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  2. What a great way to add rhubarb tang along with the orange flavor--sounds delicious! Served with honey or did you use a syrup?

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  3. Mmm delicious I can just imagine the fluffy pancakes with the tender rhubarb. Perefect match

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  4. I've been looking for some ways to use rhubarb--this looks like a great way to start!

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  5. Lovely execution, as usual. I love how you've taken the idea of mixing rhubarb with a sweet complement, but have used something a little unexpected (and different from the delicious but ubiquitous strawberry pairing!). These would probably be wonderful with clotted cream too. Maybe too much...but maybe not!

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  6. Where does one get rhubarb this time of year? I'm in Baltimore too and didn't see any at the Waverly Market last week... Care to share your source with a fellow rhubarb lover?

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  7. H Mart has had it for some weeks now. Forced rhubarb is available now, so I'd keep checking the farmer's markets.

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  8. The best rhubarb recipe I've seen this year. Great stuff!

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