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Oven-Baked Strawberry Pancake

Oven-Baked Strawberry Pancake

I'm having some blogging issues these days. I'm trying to get back into a sort of rhythm with my blog. My blog didn't start out as a business for me. It was a hobby and I made a little bit of money with it.

I always knew there were ways to make my blog more of a profitable business, but I never took my blog all the way to that level. I have done sponsored posts with brands I love and I work with an ad network. There once was a time that I felt I had to finally buckle down; to take this blog seriously. It probably was as soon as I returned from IFBC New Orleans (an amazing conference). I felt inspired and I felt like my blog was insignificant. Insignificant for the fact that my photos weren't the best (I learned so much from NY Times Andrew Scrivani at IFBC...he taught a priceless session that pushed me to take better photos). Insignificant because my writing wasn't the best. I knew so many other talented writers out there that inspired me.  I had to work on my writing and treat this blogging thing more seriously.  I know that sometimes feeling insecure about your talents can push you to do better. Those same insecurities can sometimes create the opposite effect and they can create a wall.

Another thing I had to work on was social media! Oh, social media. I love you and some days I don't like you very much. When I started my blog 4 years ago, I was tweeting and pretty much, that was it. I didn't even have a Facebook page in the beginning months. Then along came Pinterest, Instagram and Google Plus! What...WHATTTTT!?! I was cool with just posting and tweeting. Oh, I forgot something! In those beginning days there was also the wonderful Foodbuzz. It was a fantastic place where I met most of my original food blogging friends. We would share posts there, comment to each other, click when we liked a post to give the post some buzz. I made their Top 9 various times and I felt like I was doing something right (Foodbuzz is now DailyBuzz).

Oven-Baked Strawberry Pancake


I think I also was probably baking a little bit more. My father was very ill and I had a mission to try to fatten him up with my sweets. It also was the motivation I felt from him when I brought him something delicious: a new cake, an incredible bread. His smiles and his encouraging words pushed me to try different things for him. I not only baked for my kids, I mostly baked for him. When he passed away a year and a 1/2 ago, I lost my baking spunk.

I have some fun things planned for this blog. I will still be posting recipes and sharing some other wonderful things! Things will quiet down here when school starts up again and I will dedicate more time to my favorite place!!

I feel like using my I-Phone is a wonderful way for me to sometimes capture something to share here that I may not have thought of posting when I came across the recipe. Some mornings I make something spontaneously and I don't have the desire to grab my camera. For example, when I baked this large and wonderful pancake.

I came across it in a Martha Stewart issue and thought it was something for sure we had to make. I have a cast-iron skillet and my kids love pancakes. I thought, I had to give this whirl!

I made the batter and posted it on Instagram (yes, I'm talking again about Instagram!). I thought it was funny that it was not something I planned to share here. It ended up being  one of my posts with the most likes, so it inspired me to create a post and share it with all of you!




So here is a breakfast idea that is fun and really easy to make. It saves you the time of waiting at the stove flipping pancakes. Most of my family loved it. My smallest critic told me he prefers my "real pancakes" and asked "when are you making them again, mommy?".  I thought this was a wonderful way to use up some of my mangoes. They were just delightful sliced on served on the side with this delicious pancake!

Very slightly adapted from Martha Stewart.


Oven-Baked Strawberry Pancake
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  5. 3/4 cup whole milk
  6. 1 large egg, room temperature
  7. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 1 tablespoon for pan
  8. 1 cup strawberries, cleaned, hulled and sliced in chunks
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees with rack in upper third. Place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet (or other nonstick ovenproof pan) in oven. Whisk together flour, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together milk, egg, and melted butter in another bowl. Whisk milk mixture into flour mixture until just combined.
  2. Remove skillet from oven and add remaining 1 tablespoon butter, swirling to coat. Pour in batter and smooth top with an offset spatula. Sprinkle evenly with strawberries and remaining 1 teaspoon granulated sugar.
  3. Bake until golden brown and cooked through, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool 5 minutes before dusting with confectioners' sugar and serving with syrup.

18 comments

  1. I would love some of this oven baked strawberry pancake for breakfast this morning! :)

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  2. I love this pancake, and I can see making it with all different kinds of fruit. Such a creative idea!

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  3. I do love an oven baked pancake. So much easier than cooking them one at a time! I do know, also, how you feel about the blogging "business." Just so much to keep up with and too much to strive for!

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  4. Don't you doubt yourself! Your blog is very well put together, written well, and your photos are gorgeous! I am the one who is a newbie with a LONG way to go! This pancake looks absolutely delicious and I can't wait to try it!

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  5. Oh Lora, I SO know what you mean about blogging - it's tough! It's especially tough when you have to fit it in among so many other things. I've taken a but if a step back from mine because I wanted to prioritise real life over blogging - but I'm not sure that's working for me either. So my advice is, hang in there, your blog is gorgeous and always so inspiring. And I love your honesty! Lucy x
    PS amazing pancake! Such a good idea, cooking lots of pancakes for lots of oeople is the kind of selfless act that I'm just not good at, but this I could do!

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  6. You are a wonderful cook and this skillet pancake is beautiful. Yes, I do love Italy and I will be checking out Savoring Italy. Fun!!!

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  7. I never had oven baked pancake!! We have plenty of cast iron skillets so I will give it a go this weekend :)

    Sorry to hear your dad was sick and passed away. I can understand that you lost your interest in baking if that's something you did for him mainly! I'm sure he enjoyed ever last bite of your baked goods :) Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad's passing and the loss wasn't in just his presence but the baking you gave to him. I hope that when you bake again you'll be inspired by making something your daddy would have loved and remember his laughter and joy as if he were enjoying it himself.

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  9. I hear ya... I don't think most "normal" people realize how much work actually happens behind the scenes on blogs!

    This pancake is gorgeous - love those fresh strawberries poking out!

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  10. I go through peaks and valleys when it comes to blogging. It's a cycle. Hang in there your doing great work. Love this oven pancake idea!

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  11. The pancake looks wonderful. I think we all have those ups and downs in regards to blogging. I know some days I am so proud of a recipe or photos and then I get terrible views on it and then I'm down in the dumps for weeks. But I pick myself back up and get back on.

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  12. Oh we could have some chats about the ups and downs of blogging. It`s demanding, more than most people realize. I love that you started the other blog and it`s more where your heart is. I need to get over there more. I love having mini-me home for summers but it`s harder to balance it all.

    I love the recipe. I don`t make pancakes enough. I need to try this immediately.

    I am so happy we got to hang out. You are the sweetest lady I have ever met. xx

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  13. Lora, everything you've described here, I feel. I too started my blog just as some sort of hobby but I now feel obligated to try and make it something more, and yet, I hardly have the gumption (or time) to do everything that that all entails. I'm amazed that you've started another blog but I know that Italy is something you're totally passionate about. Congratulations on that and I can't wait to visit! But...back to your pancake. Gorgeous! Your photo styling and your finished product look perfect to me! Oh, just so you know...you are one of my favorite bloggers :)

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  14. Lora, I wish we could have chatted about this at the Conference last week. I can relate to everything you just wrote about. There's so much to blogging that people don't realize. There's the time commitment, the effort to bake/cook, then photograph, then write. You have to be creative in all these different areas. There's the cost of buying ingredients. There's the stress of getting paid work and sponsors. And social media! Oy, there's not enough time in the world to properly devote to social media (whatever that even means). We can only do what we can with the time we're given. I used to dream about monetizing my blog but with my full time job and the fact that I live in Canada where blogging opportunities aren't as plentiful as they are in the US, I've given up on that. I want to enjoy blogging, not get stressed out about it. I'm glad you're starting a new blog where you're truly passionate about the subject matter. And you should never sell yourself short because I love this blog so much. Your writing, recipes and photos are phenomenal, which is why I keep coming back. You always shine so clearly through your posts. And I'm in love with this oven baked strawberry pancake. It looks delicious and I love that you can just pop it into the oven instead of labouring over the stove.

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  15. I'm so glad you posted this, it's beautiful and I think you have a wonderful blog. I feel the same about my blog sometimes and wonder if I should just throw in the kitchen towel. Then I remember I started it as a hobby...for myself and try not to compare my site to every other blog out there. I'm excited to follow your new venture and can't wait to see what you have to share!

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  16. My Little Chef was just peeking over my shoulder...she says she is going to make this this week! I think I will let her serve it to ME in bed! Score! Beautiful dish!

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  17. We all start out with one intention (fun!), and then the pressure sets in. Then people start talking about stuff I know nothing about, like seo, etc. etc. More pressure. I love your blog. In fact, this was one of the very first I followed, and I was so inspired by your writing and friendly and caring style. I wish I could go to one of those conferences and meet the bloggers who feel like friends to me (does that sound stalky? lol). Anyway, thanks for all you do.

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