We love oven pancakes. They take a little time to bake but are such an easy breakfast on the weekend, and when you add my favorite cardamom, you have the perfect comfort food kind of breakfast.
The other week I bought some pears, and as they sat on the counter losing more of their beauty every day, I thought of turning them into a breakfast pancake instead of eating them plain. What better combination than the pungent flavor of my favorite spice, cardamom?
A dear friend of mine introduced me to cardamom in a round about way. She really introduced me to Starbucks chai – nonfat, no water to be exact, and my love for cardamom started then and there. It is one of those flavors I turn to when I need comfort and the scent is almost enough… but not quite, because it makes me want the taste. Just thinking of it makes me want to go throw a few crushed pods in a frying pan and toast them just to fill my home with the scent.
It is such a beautiful spice. I love the flavor it adds to baked goods, breakfast, and as I mentioned, my favorite chai. All you need is a very little bit, especially if you grind it fresh. Whip up a simple but delicious breakfast for a lazy morning brunch or make it ahead then warm it up on a chilly school morning. Fall-like foods are the one saving grace to the season where summer dies.
You can preheat a greased baking dish and transfer the pear and batter mixture to it for baking if you need to, but I do love food that’s been made in my cast iron skillet. Not only is it a pretty sight, but somehow it just seems to taste better.
- 2 cups sliced pears
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup milk
- 4 large slightly beaten eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom or seeds from 2 green cardamom pods, freshly ground
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Melt butter in 12 inch oven safe skillet on stovetop over medium high heat.
- Add pears and cardamom and sauté until cooked down.
- Meanwhile, mix together flour and salt.
- Then add milk and eggs.
- Whisk together until only small lumps remain.
- When pears are softened, pour batter into the pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until pancake is baked through.