based on my current breakfast obsession—Dutch Baby Pancakes—summer style.
If you've seen signs at your grocery store or market encouraging you to grab the peaches and nectarines now, because the season is short—listen to them! They're not lying to you. It's super short.
For about 3 weeks this last month, Trader Joe's had pre-packed crates of 16 of the juiciest, most flavorful nectarines, and I was in heaven. (Normally I avoid most pre-packed fruit there, because they're almost always rock hard. Sorry, Señor José, but when you package your fruit as tightly as a pack of batteries, I see what you're doing there.)
But these nectarines were incredible! There are still some fresh ones to be found, though, so pick some up!
Dutch baby pancakes have been an obsession of mine for a special weekend breakfast for a while. They're SO easy--you can even make the batter overnight—and take no time at all for a special weekend breakfast. Just melt butter in a cast iron pan, pour in the batter and any additions, and let it bake.
And the way the pancake will rise far above the pan while baking is pretty entertaining, I must admit. Sometimes I like to pretend that I actually don't have a ton to do on Saturdays, and I'll grab my coffee, turn the oven light on, sit on the floor, and watch it rise.
An apple-cinnamon dutch baby—a classic that I'll share soon too!
My sister-in-law and I have been sharing creative new toppings we've tried with the base recipe, and this might be my favorite so far--nectarines, walnuts, and toasty coconut!
...based on an intoxicating blend of summer ingredients and fall spices, to kick off the season where even though Starbucks has pumpkin lattes already—there's still a bit of summer left.
Here on the surface of the sun, however, there's no confusion about it still being summer. I find it amusing that all the coconut oil in jars are clear even inside Trader Joe's because it's still so warm!
This recipe calls for melted coconut oil, so if you're still in the dog days where you are, you're golden.
(Even in our pantry, it's murky white at best. So. Warm.)
Sweet zucchini and warm spices...hint of coconut...gooey dark chocolate...altogether moist goodness from Greek yogurt and coconut oil...I made this bread last week, but putting all these photos together has made me want to remake it immediately.
So much yum.