"Cheesecake" Pancakes

This recipe is straight from the June 2006 'Cuisine at Home' magazine! Steve and I had it for breakfast - and we both agree, it's a winner! It doesn't take much time or effort to make this batter. And I don't have to tell you that it tastes TONS better than box mixes. The hint of "cheesecake" here is from cottage cheese.It might seem odd, but the cheese virtually disapears as the pancakes cook. Use small curd variety - large curds don't melt into the batter as well during cooking.

Ingredients:

1/2 C. Milk
1/4 C. Sugar
1 Egg
2 T. Unsalted Butter, melted
1 t. Vanilla Extract
1 C. All-Purpose Flour
1 t. Baking Powder
1 t. Table Salt
1/2 C. Small Curd Cottage Cheese
1 t. Lemon Zest, Minced

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees, heat an electric pancake griddle to 375 degrees. (If you don't have an electric griddle, heat a stovetop griddle or large skillet over medium heat.)

Whisk milk, sugar, egg, butter, and vanilla together in a large bowl.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl, and then add to the egg mixture; stir just until incorporated (a few lumps are fine). Blend in cottage cheese and zest.

Pour 1/3 cup batter per pancake onto the hot griddle that's been coated with nonstick spray. Cook 3 minutes, or until bubbly on top, then flip and cook another 2 minutes. Transfer pancakes to the oven to keep warm while cooking the remaining batter.

Eat hot, OR.... serve with fruit sauce and sweetened sour cream (recipies below). These toppings really sell the "cheesecake" concept. Make them before you start the batter so they're ready when the pancakes are.

Fresh Strawberry Sauce

Ingredients:

4 C. Fresh Strawberries, hulled, halved
1/4 C. Sugar
1/4 C. Water
1 t. Cornstarch
1 t. Orange Zest, minced

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 7 minutes or until strawberries soften.

Sweetened Sour Cream

This super-quick topping is delicious on granola and fresh fruit.

Whisk together 1 cup sour cream and 1/4 C. powdered sugar, then chill.

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