A friend of ours made these crispy-edged, pear-studded pancakes recently and had the audacity to send us pictures without sharing a single bite. What's more, his super-sneaky method for infusing both the pears and the batter with ginger stopped us in our tracks. Just guess what he did!
First, our friend made a "tea" of smashed ginger pieces and about a cup of boiling water. Then he chopped up a few ripe pears and let those pieces infuse for a few minutes in the gingery tea (pictured above).
The next step is what we thought was especially brilliant. He drained the pear bits, but saved the ginger tea. When he made the pancake batter, he substituted some of the liquids in his recipe with his ginger tea. The result was a sweet and fruity gingery flavor in every bite - or so our friend told us since he wasn't sharing.
Doesn't that sound good? And such a simple idea that can be applied to whichever pancake recipe you love best. We're excited to pick up some pears at the market this weekend and give these pancakes a try for ourselves.
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(Images: used by permission, Adam Hilliker)