This day started out all wrong. I was awoken by a phone call at a little past 8 am which was way too early for me to wake since I hardly had any sleep the night before and was tossing and turning. I think it was partly due to the pain on my left elbow and partly due to the fact that I took a nap late afternoon the day before. By the time I hang up the phone, I was wide awake and couldn't go back to sleep so I finally dragged myself out of bed, washed my face, brushed my teeth, and went to the kitchen to brew some coffee. I do not know if it was because I was still sleepy or maybe it was just the fact that I wasn't thinking straight but I forgot to place the coffee filter holder before putting the coffee filter and ground coffee on the coffee maker. I went to the living room to turn on the television and watch Gin Tama (Japanese anime series that I am currently watching)while I was waiting for the coffee to finish brewing. When I went back to the kitchen a few minutes later, I had a mess on the counter with brewed coffee and coffee granules splattered all over. Ughhh...not good way to start my day, indeed. Luckily, the mess was nothing that a roll of paper and a little elbow grease was able to take care of.
Ahhh... I am not much of a coffee drinker these days and have, for a few years now, been a tea drinker but every now and then I do reach for the coffee mug and trade my tea collection for a cuppa coffee. I think I should just stay on drinking green tea which is a far better choice than coffee...hehehe. Anyway, that incident set me back time-wise so instead of making homemade pesto for my intended chicken pesto panini, I reached for a package of pancake mix to save some time. Store-bought pancake mixes are great to use when you are crunched for time since they only need water addition and ready for cooking. I did, however, added a few key ingredients to make it taste homemade rather than generic. With the addition of grated apple and cinnamon, the taste improved significantly. I drizzled maple syrup with butter and arrange a few slices of apple on top...sinfully yummylicious!!
2 cups pancake mix
1 1/2 cups cold water (per pancake mix manufacturer's recommendation)
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder (less if you prefer)
1 apple, cored and then grated
oil for cooking
1. In a bowl, add pancake mix and cinnamon powder. Stir until well combined.
2. Add cold water and mix to moisten ingredients. The batter may still be a little lumpy but try not to overmix.
3. Stir in grated apple and mix until combined.
4. Heat a griddle (or skillet) over medium heat.
5. Grease the entire surface of the griddle or skillet with oil. Do not put too much oil though but just enough to cook the pancake.
6. When the griddle and oil is hot, add about a quarter or half a cup of the batter into the griddle.
7. Cook until you see some bubbles on the surface of the batter.
8. Using a non-stick spatula or turner, carefully loosen the bottom of the pancake and then turn over to cook the other side.
9. Cook until done which would probably take about a minute to a minute and a half.
10. Continue cooking until you've used up all the batter. Add oil as needed to prevent the pancake from sticking to the pan.
11. Serve warm with a few sliced apple arranged on top and drizzled with butter and maple syrup mixture.
Butter and maple syrup compound
1 (240 ml) bottle of maple syrup
1/2 a block of butter
1. Cut butter into an inch thickness.
2. In a small sauce pan, add maple syrup and butter.
3. Heat over medium to low heat and cook until butter melts.
4. Stir until well incorporated.
5. remove from heat and keep warm.
6. Use this to drizzle over your pancakes or waffles.