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Breakfast for Dad

June 18, 2009

breakfastI always have trouble finding gifts for my dad.  Luckily with him, the thought really is what really counts.  So instead of spending hours shopping only to end up buying a tie, I’m going to make him a father’s day breakfast.

My dad has been on a diet since the beginning of 2009 and has done extremely well, so I don’t want to tempt him with any of the usual greasy breakfast foods.  I found some great recipes on the Florida Breakfast Partnership website.  I decided that I will cook the Florida Citrus Whole Wheat Pancakes because my dad spent many Saturdays mornings cooking pancakes for us kids.

I will try to take pictures and let you know how it goes if I can manage not to ruin them.  There are some other yummy recipes on the site that you may want to try so be sure to take a look.  Here’s the recipe for the citrus pancakes and a homemade syrup to go with them (I don’t know if I’m feeling that adventurous but let me know if you decide to make it)!

Florida Citrus Whole Wheat Pancakes

Makes 3 servings (2 pancakes per serving)

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups lowfat milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or butter substitute
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated Florida orange zest

Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl until combined. In another bowl, beat eggs with wire whisk; whisk in milk, butter, vanilla extract and orange zest. Gradually pour the flour mixture over the egg mixture while whisking just until combined; do not over mix. Coat skillet with lowfat cooking spray; heat skillet over medium heat. Pour 1/3 cup of batter into skillet. Cook until air bubbles rise to the surface of pancake and the edges become lightly firm; flip the pancake and cook the other side. Repeat until all the batter is gone. Keep pancakes warm in a 200ºF. oven until ready to serve. Serve with Homemade Strawberry-Citrus Syrup (recipe below), your favorite light syrup or fresh fruit.

Strawberry-Citrus Syrup

Makes approximately 4 servings

  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise or 1 tablespoon natural vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Florida orange juice
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated Florida orange zest
  • 1 pint Florida strawberries, trimmed and quartered

Scrape seeds from vanilla bean with tip of sharp knife. Place vanilla bean seeds, vanilla bean pod, sugar, water, orange juice and orange zest in small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved; boil 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl and chill 30 minutes. Pour cooled syrup through a fine sieve into another bowl; discard solids. Gently stir in strawberries; let stand 15 minutes. Serve with Florida Citrus whole Wheat Pancakes.

photo from flickr

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