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Bourbon Pear Gingerbread Upside-down Cake

Back in 2016, we were invited to participate in a contest at Kerby Lane Cafe one of the breakfast institutions here in Austin, Texas. The premise was to create a recipe using one of their scrumptious pancake mixes. So we were happily inspired and chose our favorite mix: Gingerbread.

We love pancakes, and sometimes its fun to play around with simple ingredients and transform them into an unexpected goodness. This Bourbon Pear Ginger-Bread Upside-down cake combines the easy and convenient preparation of pancake batter using our favorite Gingerbread pancake mix, fresh pears, and ginger; because everybody needs to have some fruit during the fall right?

To take this cake to the highest expectations of a dessert, I made a warm Bourbon Caramel Sauce to drizzle all the blessings, the Thanks, and the giving. The spicy wood and vanilla flavors from the Bourbon sing along with the spices in the gingerbread cake and the caramelized pears.

The cake is tipsy enough so the whole family and friends can enjoy.
Bring something memorable to your Thanksgiving table…Let’s bake!

 

Happy Thanksgiving
xoxo
Ian and Mariana

 

P.S. If you live in the Austin Area, Kerby Lane Cafe is a great option for a scrumptious family breakfast!
Try their Migas, Texas Benedict, Gingerbread pancakes and remember to ask for their “Fall pancakes special”

Bourbon Pear Gingerbread Upside-down Cake

Makes one 10” x 3” tall single layer cake.

For the bottom layer:

One 10” aluminum cake pan
One 10” parchment paper circle
1 tablespoon butter to grease the pan

4 tablespoons butter
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 generous pinch of Saigon cinnamon
¼ cup Spiced Bourbon, or your favorite Bourbon*

2-3 Bartlett Pears or Bosc, medium size, medium ripe cut into round slices slightly thicker than 1/8”inch. Use mandoline for best results.
2 tablespoons fresh ginger small diced

For the Cake:

dry:

3 cups of Kerbey Lane Gingerbread Pancake mix, or any gingerbread pancake mix of your affection…
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar packed
1 pinch of salt

wet:

3 eggs
¾ cup whole milk
½ cup Bulgarian yogurt unsweetened
½ cup melted organic coconut oil slightly warm
All wet ingredients should be room temperature for best results.

For the Bourbon Caramel sauce:

2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup Bourbon, I used Maker’s 46, remember the rule, use something you will happily drink by itself…
1/3 cup heavy cream
A pinch of cinnamon
A small vanilla extract splash
¼ teaspoon sea salt

In a small heavy bottom pan, melt butter and sugar together. Add Bourbon stir, until bubbly edges and some alcohol has evaporated. Add cinnamon, heavy cream, salt and stir until big bubbles around the edges. Remove from heat add vanilla extract, stir. And let cool for a few minutes. Serve warm and drizzle freely over the slices of cake when serving.
Flaky sea salt to sprinkle when serving.

*If not to fan of Bourbon you can substitute for Spiced Rum

Preparation method:

1. Grease a 10” cake pan, line it with parchment paper circle, seat aside.
2. In a small pot, melt butter and brown sugar. Add cinnamon, Bourbon and stir until bubbles form around the pan. Remove from stove, to cool down.
3. In the meantime, sprinkle ½ of the finely diced ginger on the bottom of the prepared cake pan. Slice pears, and arrange them on top of the ginger. Start in the center of the cake pan, make a wheel overlapping the pears slices about 1/3 of each slice, until the bottom of the pan it’s completely covered. Star with the smallest pear slices and finish with the large slices for prettier presentation. Sprinkle the rest of the diced ginger into the crevices between the pears and the perimeter of the pan.
4. Evenly pour the Butter-Sugar-Bourbon mixture over the pear slices. This light caramel will drip to the bottom of the pan, it is ok, and it will be fantastic! Set the prepared cake pan aside.
5. Preheat oven 350F.
6. In a medium-size bowl mix dry ingredients. In a large liquid measuring cup mix and whisk wet ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into dry, and mix gently until well combined. Avoid over mixing. Pour cake batter on top of the prepared pan with pears+caramel.
7. Place cake pan on a baking sheet to prevent caramel spillage in your oven.
Bake for 30 minutes, until the center of cake spring back to the touch or a toothpick, comes out clean. Pull cake out of the oven, place on a cooling rack for 20-25 minutes.
8. Proceed to unmold the cake, while still warm to the touch. Run a spatula all around the edges to make sure sides lose. Place a flat plate on top of cake and flip. Remove pan by slightly twisting for best release, and carefully remove parchment paper.

This cake is best served a few hours later that when is baked. It tastes even better the day after. Serve with a scoop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, drizzle THAT Bourbon salted caramel sauce until submission, and a few sea salt flakes… Enjoy!

Music pairing: Ok Go -Upside Down & Inside Out

 

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Bourbon Pear Ginger-Bread Upside down Cake

We love pancakes, but some times its fun to play around with simple ingredients and transform them into an unexpected goodness. This cake combines the easy and convenient preparation of pancake batter using our favorite Kerbey Lane pancake mix Gingerbread, fresh pears and ginger because everybody needs to have some fruit right?, and the goodness of a Bourbon Caramel Sauce. 

Makes one 10” x 3” tall single layer cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French, FUSION
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 16 minutes
Author Mariana McEnroe

Ingredients

For the bottom layer:

  • One 10” aluminum cake pan
  • One 10” parchment paper circle
  • 1 tablespoon butter to grease the pan
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 generous pinch of saigon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup Spiced Bourbon or your favorite Bourbon*
  • 2-3 Bartlett Pears or Bosc medium size, medium ripe cut into round slices slightly thicker than 1/8”inch. Use mandoline for best results.
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger small diced

For the Cake:

dry:

  • 3 cups of Kerbey Lane Ginger-Bread Pancake mix
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 pinch of salt

wet:

  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup bulgarian yogurt unsweetened
  • ½ cup melted organic coconut oil slightly warm
  • All wet ingredients should be room temperature for best results.

For the Bourbon Caramel sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Bourbon
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • A small vanilla extract splash
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Sprinkle with: Flaky sea salt to sprinkle when serving.

Instructions

To make the Bourbon Caramel sauce:

  1. In a small heavy bottom pan, melt butter and sugar together. Add Bourbon stir, until bubbly edges and some alcohol has evaporated. Add cinnamon, heavy cream, salt and stir until big bubbles around the edges. Remove from heat add vanilla extract, stir. And let cool for a few minutes. Serve warm and drizzle freely over the slices of cake when serving. *If not to fan of Bourbon you can substitute for Spiced Rum

Preparation method for the cake:

  1. Grease a 10” cake pan, line it with parchment paper circle, seat a side.
  2. In a small pot, melt butter and brown sugar. Add cinnamon, Bourbon and stir until bubbles form around the pan. Remove from stove, to cool down.
  3. In the meantime, sprinkle ½ of the fine diced ginger on the bottom of the prepared cake pan. Slice pears, and arrange them on top of the ginger. Start in the center of the cake pan, make a wheel overlapping the pears slices about 1/3 of each slice, until bottom of the pan its completely covered. Star with the smallest pear slices and finish with the large slices for pretier presentation. Sprinkle the rest of the diced ginger into the crevices between the pears and the perimeter of the pan.
  4. Evenly pour the Butter-Sugar-Bourbon mixture over the pear slices. This light caramel will drip to the bottom of the pan, it is ok, and it will be fantastic! Set the prepared cake pan aside.
  5. Preheat oven 350F.
  6. In a medium size bowl mix dry ingredients. In a large liquid measuring cup mix and whisk wet ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into dry, and mix gently until well combined. Avoid over mixing. Pour cake batter on top of the prepared pan with pears+caramel.
  7. Place cake pan over a baking sheet to prevent caramel spillage in your oven.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, until the center of cake spring back to the touch or a tooth pick comes out clean. Pull cake out of the oven, place on a cooling rack for 20-25 minutes.
  9. Proceed to un mold the cake, while still warm to the touch. Run a spatula all around the edges to make sure sides are lose. Place a flat plate on top of cake and flip. Remove pan by slighlty twisting for best release, and carefully remove parchment paper.

Recipe Notes

This cake is best served a few hours later that when is baked. It tastes even better the day after. Serve with a scoop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, drizzle THAT Bourbon salted caramel sauce until submission, and a few sea salt flakes... Enjoy!

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Rainbow Chard Korean Pancake

Rainbowchard-Korean-Pancakes_ingredientsI must confess that I have a weakness for Korean BBQ… I don’t always cook at home. When we decide to go out, Korean BBQ is on the top of our list. I am amused by all the fresh ingredients that are cooked before your eyes.  The orchestrated arrangement of little dishes with fermented vegetables, salty sweet, sour, spicy crunchy, juicy, is a circus of textures, temperatures, flavors and aromas. All my senses are awake.
One of my favorite side dishes would be the the Pajeon or Korean pancake. A savory light pancake, made with eggs, rice flour, flour, scallions-green onions. All sorts of variations can be made, including beef, pork, sea food, shell fish, kimchi…Oh! the kimchi.. My favorite.

With this Korean pancake in mind and a little help of the current abundant green leafy season, I thought about making a lighter all veggie version using one of my favorite seasonal greens…“Rainbow Chard” this colorful happy leafy green, is a close relative of the beet family, delivers 3 major vitamins A, K and C. Loaded with phytochemicals rainbow chard is one of the healthiest, most beautiful, and tasty vegetables I know. Flavorwise, I would describe it as a cross between baby spinach with a bit of sweet beet background. Texturewise, the leaves are way softer than kale which makes it a bit more pleasant to eat raw or quick sautéed. Rainbow chard has it all, flavor, texture, and color.

Inspired by all these great leafy green qualities, I was almost in a rush to attempt to make an all veggie Rainbow Chard Korean Pancake. The result was fantastic, the rainbow chard’s sweetness and texture are a good match for this light savory pancake. The charred scallions, green garlic and the spicy jalapeño kick in combination with the rice vinegar dipping sauce for the perfect savory pancake match.

Once again I proved to myself that cooking with fresh ingredients is not only a great nutrition and a healthy value. It inspires me and it’s a feast for the eyes!. That for me makes it even more appetizing…Enjoy!Rainbowchard-Korean-Pancakes-ready-to-serve~Yes,-more-please!

Rainbow Chard Korean Pancake

Makes 2- 9” round savory pancakes

½ cup unbleached-all purpose flour or gluten free flour like all-purpose King Arthur like this
½ cup stone ground rice flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1 egg or 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons of water= 1 egg
2 teaspoons grapeseed oil, canola oil, or any neutral oil. And a little extra oil to pan fry the pancakes.
1 teaspoon roasted sesame oil
pinch of salt
pinch of white pepper
¾ -1 cup water

6-8 rainbow chard leaves
4 scallions
1 garlic clove or 3 green garlic shoots
1-2 red or green jalapeno or red thai chili
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

extra oil for pan fry the pancakes

Rice vinegar dipping sauce:

1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon agave nectar
a pinch of red dry chili flakes or a teaspoon of sambal sauce

Preparation method:

1. In a medium size bowl, mix the flours, egg, vegetable oil, sesame oil salt, pepper and water, whisk well until a smooth batter that resembles  a loose pancake batter. Set a side to rest.
2. Chop all your vegetables, scallions and jalapenos on a bias. Make a roulade of rainbow chard leaves and chop them into a chiffonade, chop rainbow chard stalks into matchstick size.

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3. On a cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat drizzle some oil, and arrange a layer or vegetables, starting with the jalapenos, rainbow chard matchsticks, scallions, green garlic and rainbow chard chiffonade. Sprinkle some sesame seeds and promptly ladle half of the batter , spreading it out evenly into a circle.
4. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the bottom is golden brown, a few areas will have a bit of char which is perfectly fine. Cook for about 5 minutes per side.

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5. The “flipping matter”… you can use Julia’s Child encouraging words “flip it with conviction!!!”, or you can use a plate to flip the pancake upside down and then return it to the pan, to finish cooking…both methods work great!

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6. Once both sides are cooked, transfer to a warm plate and repeat the process with the remaining ingredients.

7. In a large platter, cut into triangles and serve warm with the rice vinegar dipping sauce.

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Variations: You can add shrimp, small tofu squares, carrots, squash, kimchi!!!
Hey! the pancake is you canvas, have fun and enjoy!

 

 

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Blueberry-Orange Buckwheat Pancakes

Blue Berry Orange Buckwheat Pancakes ~ Yes, more please!

 If I have to choose between pancakes and French toast, I will choose French toast, except when it comes to Buckwheat pancakes. Everything changed the day I tried Buckwheat flour. I’m not gluten intolerant, but in the recent years I’ve noticed how much better I feel when I omit processed white flour. This is huge for me because at one point in time I was really committed to baking as a full time career; I even considered opening a business. Life takes you in mysterious ways, and my body did not like to be in a daily contact with a high content of sugars, white flour, or saturated fats. I always think of the analogy of an alcoholic opening a bar or being a bartender… not the best choice right?…So in my research, changing my habits to better quality foods and whole grains, I stumbled upon buckwheat while I was watching an episode of “No Reservations” with Anthony Bourdain. He was visiting Brittany, France (it is a great episode you should look it up).  It featured the beautiful French peninsula surrounded by the English channel, the Celtic Sea, Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay; lots of amazing scenery. Buckwheat is a staple of this region, pancakes, galettes, and crepes are made with this type of flour. If I remember well, he was served a galette and my mouth just dropped!. So there I was, trying to find Buckwheat flour and not a lot of stores carry it. I found a brand that I still buy and love: Organic and Whole Grain Bob’s Red Mill Organic Buckwheat Flour. For my friends in Mexico it is “Harina de Alforfón or Trigo Negro”( Im sure you can find it in an ecotienda or Mamá Coneja).
Despite the name, buckwheat is not wheat; not a grain but a fruit seed, It is high in Omega-6, protein, fiber, all the B vitamins, Magnasium, Potassium, Rutin and Selenium. It is easy to digest, and GLUTEN FREE!!! So if you have experienced a burst of sleepiness after eating a short stack of regular white flour pancakes, try this recipe. You will feel great and energized after eating them. No bloating, no crawling for the antacid.
Buckwheat flour makes light and fluffy pancakes with a nutty flavor that goes very well with any fruit, maple syrup, or agave nectar.  This recipe is easy. Listed below is the standard recipe followed by the vegan version, with substitutions. I hope you like it as much as I do!

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Blueberry-Orange Buckwheat Pancakes

Makes 6-8 4” small pancakes

dry:

1 cup of buckwheat flour
2 teaspoons of Baking powder
2 tablespoons of coconut sugar
1 good pinch of kosher salt

wet:

1 cup of unsweetened coconut cream
1 egg
2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil, melted butter or a mild extra virgin olive oil.
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
The zest of one whole small orange.
The squeezed juice of ½ an orange, save the other half you will need it later!
Little extra butter for the pan. (You can use soy spread if vegan)
For Vegan pancakes: substitute:
1 tablespoon of ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons of water= 1 egg
1 cup of Soy milk or Almond milk will replace the total dairy.
Other variations: Add a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg instead of the Orange zest.

Method:

1. In a medium size bowl mix all dry ingredients. Next, whisk all wet ingredients. Proceed and mix wet and dry until well combined; small lumps in the batter are ok. THis batter is a bit on the thicker side, If is too tick feel free to add bot of  water, milk or any non-dairy free will work great.
2. In a separate bowl, rinse and dry blueberries. I usually don’t mix them into the batter, I prefer to place them individually so I can distribute them evenly.
3. Cut fresh strawberries and macerate with the juice of the other ½ orange.
4. Have your Ice cream scooper ready!. I’m a free shape pancake maker, never perfectly round!… but I find it helps portion and shape by pouring the batter with a ice cream scooper *(see picture below) , especially with this batter since its a bit thicker than regular pancake batter.
5. Over a medium heat non-stick pan, proceed and start cooking the pancakes. Add a little butter to pan, wait until bubbly and melted. Place one scoop of batter wait 10 seconds and start adding the blueberries. It takes approximately 1-2 minutes per side, when you start to see burst bubbles on the edge of the pancake is ready to flip. Continue to cook until golden brown. Proceed with the rest of the batter.

Note: Because of the darker color nature of the flour, you will have to monitor the heat a little more than normal, and do not worry if they look a little more than golden brown.

Blue Berry Orange Buckwheat Pancakes _step by step ~ Yes, more please!

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Warm up your Maple syrup and serve with the macerated strawberries, fresh blueberries and pistachios.

I love the contrast in flavor between cooked and fresh blueberries so don’t hesitate to double up on them! 

 Can you smell the love?

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Sorry, but I have to say that I will never miss

the refined white flour… No More!… Enjoy!

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