Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pancakes with Coconut Syrup

So, I love pancakes with coconut syrup, sliced bananas, toasted coconut, and toasted pecans. You could make it with toasted macadamia nuts as well. This recipe is very easy to make and it's sooo good. :3

Buttermilk Pancakes:

2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, unbeaten
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup melted butter

Mix dry ingredients thoroughly. Add remaining ingredients and stir lightly to just moisten dry ingredients. Mixture will be thick and lumpy.

Pour 1/4 cup batter into a hot pan and cook until golden on both sides, approximately 2 minutes per side.

Coconut Syrup:

3 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 15 ounce can coconut milk
Pinch of salt

In a saucepan over medium heat add the sugar and water. Bring to a boil, and turn to medium low stirring frequently until reduced by half.

Add the coconut syrup and a pinch of salt and bring to boil, turn down to medium low stirring frequently until syrup is reduced by half.

Remove syrup from heat and set aside.

Toasted Coconut and Pecans:

Preheat oven to 350 F

In two tin pie pans, put one cup coconut in one pie pan, and one cup pecans in another pie pan.

Bake for 15 minutes stirring every 5 minutes.

I hope you enjoy these delicious pancakes with bananas sliced on top, toasted coconut and pecans with the coconut syrup. It's truly a taste sensation! ^_^

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Homemade Ginger Ale

So, I've decided to start making my own soda... I don't like the fact that most companies put caffeine in their soda, and other ingredients that are not needed. I like this all natural soda, and it has a great taste.

Ginger Simple Syrup

1/2 cup peeled, organic ginger root
2 cups raw sugar
1 cup water
1 lemon
cans of sparkling water (which is the same thing as club soda)

In a saucepan add sugar and water. Bring to a light boil over medium heat.

While the syrup is coming to a boil, peel the ginger and wash your lemon.

Once the syrup comes to a boil turn down the heat to medium-low, and let simmer while you finish peeling and ginger.

Cut the lemon in half and juice it; Set aside.

Add the peeled ginger to the syrup and simmer for 9 minutes.

Cut the juiced lemon into quarters, removing the end pieces.

Add the lemon quarters to the syrup and cook for 1 minute.

Turn off the heat and stir in the lemon juice.

Strain the syrup through a sieve into a bowl. Cool to room temperature, and store in a jar, or air tight container in the refrigerator.

To make a soda:

3 - 6 tablespoons ginger syrup to taste
1 can sparkling water
Ice if desired

Pour the syrup into a 16 oz glass / tall glass, add ice if desired, and pour over the sparkling water and stir until well combined. You've just made homemade ginger ale with no added dyes, or preservatives! Enjoy!

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