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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Corn Pancakes and Lavender Syrup

I am not a big pancake fan, I am not a big fan of sweets for breakfast ...well unless it's a chocolate croissant ;) If I have waffles or French toast it's usually without syrup. So you are probably wondering where I am going with this....My daughter has been making pancakes for her breakfast (takes after her grandmother) now and then and when we go out for breakfast she always gets one pancake and a side of hash browns. So the other day I was thinking about when I did eat pancakes...when I was a kid and my mom would make us corn pancakes. That's what I grew up eating...corn pancakes made with Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix....
The recipe was on the side of the box and that is how we had pancakes. I loved them as a kid and I love using Jiffy to make corn bread. Sometimes you just have to pull out the box. So being the weekend I thought it would be fun to make my mom's Jiffy corn pancakes and see what my daughter thought of them....well they were a big hit...just like when I was a kid!! I was telling my sister that I made mom's corn pancakes and she asked "Did you use Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix?" It sure makes it easy and why mess with it.

If you can't get Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix where you live you can always try to make them from scratch:

!/2 to 3/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tbs. sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 Tbs. margarine, melted

Mix the dry ingredients then add the wet and stir together, don't over-mix. Make sure your griddle is hot before you pour the batter on it. When you start to see the bubbles, flip them over.

Now for the syrup...I have never made jam or jelly before and I really wanted to try. I do eat jam on toast with almond butter, but I use it sparingly so it's not too sweet. I wanted to try something a little different so I thought it would be fun to make lavender jelly. Well I tried and it didn't set up. Then after reading... it said to wait two weeks because it could take that long before it sets. So that's what I did, as long as it seals it is okay to do this....and it didn't set up. After following the direction on how to remake the jelly and doing a lot of reading, that's what I did. It even said sometimes it just doesn't set up...even for experienced jelly makers...this sometimes will happen. Then you just say you made syrup! So I made Lavender Syrup!

I must say... it was really good! It was so good on the corn pancakes (which is now on our breakfast menu).

I used a jar that really didn't seal so I popped it in the fridge and used it here. After awhile the rest of my jelly did set up some I will let you know if it works on toast!

Lavender Syrup:
3 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup dried lavender
1/4 cup juice of 1 lemon
1 pouch of liquid pectin
4 cups sugar
of course if you are making syrup I would leave out the pectin and cook everything with the lemon peels and cook it to the right consistency.

It brought back such good memories. Funny how food can do that.

We didn't have much of a sunset tonight, but it was still a beautiful evening at the beach.

I love watching the clouds over the water...

a perfect evening with a nice breeze...

walking barefoot...wishing you all were here with us...

...the moon even was out. Have a wonderful evening!