This puffed pancake is the perfect start to a holiday morning. Unlike traditional pancakes, this one only requires a quick stint in the oven to produce a lovely soufflé effect that sinks soon after it leaves the oven. Its pillowy sunken middle lends itself to cradle all kinds of toppings, either sweet or savoury. Here, we went with a seasonal cranberry compote spiked with some citrus. However, feel free to adorn as you like.
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Start by making cranberry orange compote. Finely zest orange rind and set aside. Cut away peel and pith from orange. Working over small bowl, cut between membranes to release orange segments into bowl before setting aside.
In small saucepan, place orange zest, cranberries, maple syrup, kombucha or orange juice, and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring often, until cranberries have burst and sauce has thickened to a light jammy consistency, about 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to heatproof bowl and set aside to cool while making pancake.
Place 8 or 9 in (20 or 23 cm) cast iron pan on middle rack of cold oven before preheating oven to 450 F (230 C).
While oven preheats, in blender, combine eggs, spelt flour, milk, salt, cinnamon, and remaining 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract until very well combined (it should resemble the consistency of heavy cream). Set aside for at least 10 minutes. If you want to cut down on morning-of prep time, this batter will keep covered in the refrigerator overnight.
Carefully remove hot cast iron pan from oven and add butter, swirling around to melt and coat bottom and sides. Pour in batter, transfer pan back to oven, and cook until pancake is puffed and golden, about 15 to 20 minutes. Let pancake rest for a minute in pan before transferring to serving plate.
When ready to serve, stir reserved orange segments into cranberry compote. Using kitchen scissors, cut Dutch baby pancake into segments and transfer to serving plates. Top with cranberry orange compote, a dollop of yogurt, and a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds or sliced almonds. Enjoy.
This vegan take on classic shepherd’s pie is jam-packed with bold and rich flavours that will ensure no one will miss the meat. While a great source of fibre, lentils also contain the highest amount of folate out of all plant-based foods. Oven ready If you don’t have an ovenproof skillet, you’ll need to transfer cooked lentil filling to a baking dish before topping with mashed sweet potatoes and baking.
Cauliflower has been having a moment lately, and this salad proves exactly why. Tender caramelized cauliflower is crowned in a glorious sweet and savoury crumble that will ensure it a place on your table all month long. Of all tree nuts, pecans have the highest concentration of flavonoids, which offer beneficial anti-inflammatory effects, and they also protect your cells from oxidative damage. Crumble perfection This crumble topping is too good not to use it on other preparations. Sprinkle over a carrot ribbon salad to add some extra pizzazz, use as a glorious garnish on a soup or stew, or consider generously spooning over your next vegetable “steak” to add some delicious textural variation.
This gloriously comforting dish gets its creamy lusciousness from a can of white beans. Feel free to use whatever vegetables you have on hand instead of broccoli. Pass the pasta Instead of regular pasta, consider serving this sauce over zucchini noodles, carrot noodles, or cooked spaghetti squash.
This nut-free take on classic queso dip is everything you want and more. Paired with chips, crackers, or crudités, this creamy, zesty, smoky, and oh-so-satisfying dip is easy enough to whip up for a cozy snack or as an appetizer for company. Go nuts! If you’re okay to eat nuts, try substituting sunflower seeds with 1 cup (250 mL) raw cashews.