13 May 2012

Celebrate Mothers Day with a Cheesy Puff

Cheesy Frypan Puff
Happy Mothers Day to all you mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, great-grandmothers!!!! When Mothers Day arrives not only is it a special time to celebrate those nearest and dearest to us but it seems to be the weekend when I finally give up comfort foods for good and I’m ready to move into summer food and barbecuing. While summer may be in the air, it hasn’t fully reached our markets yet. 



Spring is when everything seems to come alive!!!!! The days are longer and the markets are bursting with the colours of the bountiful fruits and vegetables of the season. This is the time to enjoy fresh rhubarb, sweet garden peas and furled fiddleheads. It is the season for asparagus and escarole and a wide variety of lettuce hand plucked from the garden for green salads. The delightful fragrance of chives, mint, chervil and tarragon fill the air to season your dishes. All of these tastes of Spring are bursting from our gardens, forests, markets and window boxes.

Early this morning I headed down to my own little plot in our local community garden and planted my first seeds. It seemed fitting to do so on Mothers Day which reminds me of renewal and rebirth. Being a condo dweller it has been years since I have had my hands deep in the moist, loamy soil. It felt good to plant my seedlings with my dreams of a lush garden patch. Tomatoes and more tender plants above ground will wait a few more weeks to avoid the possibility of frost. As with our children we nurture and watch them grow into adulthood.


This recipe is so simple and very much like a savoury Dutch pancake in method. It is so easy to make that even young kids could have a sense of accomplishment, with a little supervision in using the hot oven. It looks so dramatic when it first comes out of the oven that it’s well worth the little effort required to see the smiles on those little faces. 


Today I made it with sharp Canadian Cheddar but you could use any cheese you have on hand. I think it would be lovely with some fresh goats cheese and some fresh herbs as well. A green salad on the side and brunch or lunch is ready when Mom is. Since it’s a special occasion, a refreshing glass of Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve 2010 Sauvignon Blanc would be most welcome, but not if you are headed out the door as we are. Happy Mothers Day to one and all!!!!



**Cheesy Frypan Puff**

from Jude's Kitchen 


1/2 cup (125 ml) sharp cheddar
3 eggs
1/2 cup (125 ml) milk
1/2 cup (125 ml) flour
1/4 tsp. (1 ml) salt
1 tbsp. (15 ml) butter

Pre-heat the oven to 425 F.


Use a 10-inch cast iron frypan or a frypan that can go into a hot oven without damaging the handle.
Grate the cheddar and set aside. Beat the eggs with a whisk, then add the milk, flour and salt and beat again until the batter is nice and smooth.

Melt the butter in the frypan over a medium-hot burner, swirl it around the bottom of the pan and pour the batter into the hot pan. Top evenly with the grated cheddar and put directly into the hot oven.

It should rise to be billowy and will brown nicely on top in about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately as it will fall as soon as it starts to cool. Slice into wedges to serve.


Serves 2 to 4.

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30 comments:

  1. Happy Mother's Day!

    That is a fabulous dish! Really scrumptious and perfect with a salad.

    cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. aah Val what nice dear
    Happy mother day to a wonderful mom and lovely friend lol!

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  3. A new way of enjoying eggs; love it. We are finally having perfect day; the sun is out and it is now 24*' Heaven!
    Rita

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  4. This I have to try. Looks fantastic Val. Happy Mother's Day.
    Sam

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  5. I liked it so much I just pinned it to my Recipes to Try Board. Reminds me of a Dutch Baby.
    Sam

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  6. Oh my that looks good. You do know how to tempt me Val :)

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  7. A very nice brunch dish. Eggs and cheese: what else can one ask?

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  8. I saw this on Sam's Pinterest board. Great idea. Hope you had a great Mother's Day Val.

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  9. I keep thinking it is so early, there's little fresh stuff to be found. And then you evoked the aromas and glories of spring's promise and I was reminded how sweet it is. Melted-cheesy pancake? Absolutely!

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  10. I hope you had a lovely mother's day!

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  11. Nothing better than a Dutch Baby, Val. My mother's favorite...she ate hers with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of confectioners sugar. She also made one that resembled Toad in the Hole. I love your cheese version! Can't wait to try it.
    (Have you seen the individual ones Ina Garten makes? And then tops them with macerated fruit. Thought it would be fun to try. I do love individual desserts!)

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  12. Wow. That looks so delicious!

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  13. Looks yummy. I always see dutch babies with fruit. I never would have thought of them with cheese. Looks easy and delicious!

    I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day and some quality time with LBT.

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  14. i've never seen a cheesy dutch baby--i like it! hope your mother's day was grand. :)

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  15. Argh I got here a day late! I don't have to wait a whole year now to celebrate with a Cheesy Puff do i? GREG

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  16. Well if you're going to give up comfort foods for a bit, at least you went out with a bang!

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  17. What a great idea, Val. I've never made a savory version of our favorite German pancake. My farmers' market opened up on Saturday and it was a glorious day. I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day.

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  18. Hope you had a happy Mother's Day. Fortunately it was glorious weather and ideal for picking lots of fresh herbs that would be perfect in your puff.

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  19. This looks absolutely delicious!

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  20. This looks absolutely delicious!

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  21. Looks so lovely and delicious…Hope your Mother’s Day was wonderful!

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  22. I love the way this sounds. It is like a savory Dutch Baby. I'll wager this is delicious. I hope you had a great Mother'sDay. Blessings...Mary

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  23. A belated happy Mother's day to you! What a delicious way to celebrate any special occasion! Definitely a far cry better than what comes to my mind when I think "cheese puff" :)

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  24. I hope you had a great mother's day. That puff looks delicious!

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  25. I was just about to write "that looks just like a Dutch pancake!" when I read your description. :-) What a clever idea to make this savory. Delish!!

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  26. This looks amazing Val and easy too.

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  27. What a delicious way to great the day - especially a special one!

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  28. That's the perfect dish Val! Have a great evening.

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  29. A belated happy mother's day! I am sure that this cheese puff made the day extra special.

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