It is a glorious thing, as is breakfast. The husband and I love breakfast, and bacon; and so, one snowy Sunday morning-ish I scoured my favourite food porn site for some breakfast inspiration and I came across a photo (I apologize, but I failed to note the website it came from) of a single strip of bacon nestled in pancake batter. Ingenious. And so, I took to the kitchen
I’ve also been told that the best (and only) way to make bacon is to bake it in the oven. I decided to test this theory out, and you know what, it really IS the best way! No flipping, no splatter, no insane amount of grease to dispose of, and you get these amazingly straight pieces that are perfect for BLT sandwiches and for adding to your pancakes…
Pancake Mix (adapted from food.com)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4-1 1/2 cups milk (I usually don’t measure my milk, I just add it in until it gets to the consistency that I like)
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
Preheat your oven to 400
Cover a baking sheet with foil to make for easier clean up. Lay the bacon on the sheet in a single layer, it’s ok if they overlap slightly. Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until it’s as soft, or as crispy as you’d like it to be.
- In a mixing bowl, add all of your dry ingredients and mix with a fork
- In a small bowl, beat the eggs slightly with the vanilla and oil
- Add the milk to the flour mixture, mix with a fork, and then add in the egg mixture
- Beat it all together (don’t worry, the mix will be a bit lumpy)
- Heat a frying pan over med-high heat. I always coat the pan with Pam, or, if I’m being bad, some butter.
- When the pan is hot enough, pour in your batter; I use a ½ cup measure just to make my life easier. Allow the pancake to spread out and then after about a minute or so, you can place your cooked bacon on top; don’t be cheap with the bacon, load it up!
- When your pancake is a golden brown on the bottom, and it starts to bubble slightly on the top, it’s time to flip it over. Let the other side cook and then place it on a plate. Repeat until you have as many pancakes as you can handle.
- Serve with syrup and enjoy!