Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Fantastical Feasts: Hansel & Gretel's German Pancake with Apple Compote.

 [Fairy Tale Geek walks in to kitchen to see Snow White and Goldilocks sitting at the table.  Goldilocks is eating a bowl of porridge]

FTG: “Well, this is something I didn’t expect to see when walking into my own kitchen.  A princess and . . . a girl who apparently learned nothing from her own fairy tale.”

Goldi: “What do you mean?”

FTG: “The oatmeal.  That’s clearly some of the steel cut oats I put in the fridge.  You entered my condo without permission and started eating my food.”

Goldi: “It needs some honey.”

FTG:  “[Sigh] So, why are you two ladies here?”

Snow: “Well, we know you write that blog about fairy tales and movies and stuff.  And Hansel and Gretel just got a new movie.  So, we thought maybe you were working on something related to that.”

FTG: “Nope.  With a few exceptions, horror movies aren’t really my thing.”

Goldi: “Nothing?  Really?  Not even one of those food posts you’ve been doing recently?  Maybe some kind of iconic food from that fairy tale?  I think you owe it to your adoring public to do something.”

FTG: “My adoring public, eh?  You know what, Goldi?  You’re right!  I should make something for Hansel and Gretel.”

Goldi: “Really?”

FTG: “So, I’m going to make . . . PANCAKES!”

Snow: “Pancakes?”

FTG: “Yeah, like in the fairy tale. It’s what the witch serves them when they get to her house.  I have it right here [points to book] Then she served them a good meal: milk and pancakes with sugar, apples, and nuts.

Goldi: “Are you sure that’s what you want to make?”

FTG: “No, you’re right.  I’m going to make a German Pancake because it’s a German fairy tale!”

German Pancake

-          ¼ cup butter
-          1 cup all-purpose butter
-          1 cup milk
-          6 eggs, lightly beaten
-          1.8 teaspoon salt

1)      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).  Melt butter in medium baking dish.
2)      In a medium bowl, mix flour, milk, eggs and salt.  Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.
3)      Bake on center rack for 30 to 40 minutes, until golden brown.

FTG: “There you go, a nice custardy German pancake.  Best served with powdered sugar and a little maple syrup.”

Snow: “That’s it?  You’re sure that’s what you want to make for a Hansel and Gretel post?”

FTG: “You’re right!  Not good enough!  The fairy tale said they ate pancakes with apples.  So, let’s make some apple compote to put over the German pancake!  This recipe comes from the Food Network chef Sunny Anderson.”

Apple Compote

-2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped.
- ½ cup orange juice.
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar.
-dash of nutmeg
- salt

In a saucepan on medium-high heat, add apples, orange juice, lemon juice, brown sugar and nutmeg.  Simmer over medium heat until the apples are tender and the juice has thickened to a thin syrup.  10 to 12 minutes.  Season with a pinch of salt.

FTG: “Now that’s a good breakfast.  German pancake with apple compote.”

Goldi: “Okay, I’m just going to go ahead and ask it: Why aren’t you making a gingerbread house for this post?”

FTG: “Gingerbread house?  OH!  Well, I didn’t think of it for one.  But I wouldn’t have made one anyway.”

Snow: “Why?  It’s one of the most iconic parts of that fairy tale!”

FTG: “Well, I really just don’t like them that much.  They’re more of a decoration or arts and crafts project than a food.  There are much better uses for gingerbread.  Like, just eating it.”

Goldi: “Hmm.  Well, I doubt anyone will see this dish as an iconic part of any fairy tale.”

[A knock is heard on the sliding glass door.  FTG opens the blinds to see Hansel and Gretel standing right up to the glass]

H&G: [in unison] “We smelled German pancake!  Can we come in and have some?”

FTG: “Maybe not.  But it seems to be okay for them.”

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