Kumquat Pancakes

Kumquat PancakesHaving five children isn’t always easy.  I grew up as an only child.  My brothers weren’t born until I was in my teens.  So I have very little experience… okay, NO experience with sibling rivalry.  I am not sure what is normal and what is madness.  There is a lot of picking on the younger ones.  There is a lot of annoying of the older ones.  Mostly, I have to tell myself it’s part of having brothers and sisters.

I often have the youngest two help me in the kitchen on Sunday afternoons.  We bake cookies or make candy or some fun treat.  The older guys will wander through the kitchen, trying to sneak a pinch of dough or to lick off a beat.  One time, the Comedian, my youngest son,  decided to pull a little joke on the Musician, the eldest.  We had just beaten some egg whites into stiff peaks.  They looked a lot like whipped cream.  As the Musician wandered by, the Comedian called out, “Hey, do you want a beater, it’s SOOOO good!”    None of my kids can resist a beater, so of course he fell for it.  We all watched with straight faces as the Musician took a huge lick.   And then ran straight to the sink to spit out the unsweetened grossness.  (please don’t mention the whole raw egg thing….we totally didn’t think of that at the time and it has been a while since this happened).  The Comedian and I still laugh about the look on the Musician’s face when he realized he had been had.

Kumquat PancakesThat look was the same one my kids gave me when I had them try kumquats this last winter.  I told them to just pop the little fruits in their mouths, rind and all.  None of them liked them.  Neither did I.  The bitter with the sweet just wasn’t working for any of us.  I couldn’t just throw out an entire package of kumquats!  So I put them in my blender, made a puree and threw it in my freezer.

Kumquat PancakesAnd there they sat until the great pancake frenzy of 2012 brought them to mind.  Kumquat pancakes with a smack of nutmeg:  they may be one of my better varieties, especially with orange blossom honey on top.  Ooo-da-lolly!

Kumquat Pancakes
 
Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • ¼ tsp orange extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1½ Tbsp kumquat puree
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp xanthan gum
  • ½ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 3 Tbsp white rice flour
  • 3 Tbsp potato flour
  • 2 Tbsp tapioca starch
Instructions
  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium sized mixing bowl. Combine wet ingredients in another bowl and stir into the dry. Cook on a greased griddle or skillet as you would any pancake.
Notes
Use ½ cup all purpose flour in place of other flours for regular diets.

Kumquat Pancakes

 

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