Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mama Watts' Dried Fruit and Nut Pancakes

Visiting friends is always fun, especially when they have a beautiful and comfortable apartment. For instance this fabulous bed is where I am making my nest these days. So comfy I never want to leave it. If you want me out of bed you  better have a damn good reason, and let me tell you, Mama Watts' Pancakes is that damn good reason.

I awoke to the aroma of fresh brewed coffee. When I walked into the kitchen Rodney was dicing dried figs, apricots and cherries. I sat down to coffee and conversation. he plumped the fruit, bashed a handful of walnuts and preceded to heat the skillet.  

Within minutes the kitchen was filled with the unmistakable aroma of pancakes. He ladled some into the pan and scattered fruits and nuts, 

gave them a flip when ready. Before we knew it, we had a stack of unbelievably light and flavorful pancakes.  Rodney commented that biting into the dried fruit is like biting into a Sweet Tart. I loved the chew and crunch enveloped in a light, sweet cake. 

Smothered in butter and REAL maple syrup it was heaven on a plate. You know it will be a good day when it begins with freshly brewed coffee and homemade pancakes. 

This is Rodney's recipe. I typed it as he told me how to prepare the batter. It's not for a new cook, but exactly how my Grandmother would have made pancakes. Give it a try, once I'm home I'll play with the batter and see if I can come up with some weights and measures.

Mama Watt's Dried Fruit and Nut Pancakes 

1 egg
2-3 cups buttermilk

1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda 
1/3 cup oil

pinch of salt
1 tablespoon oil

handful dried figs, apricots, dates and sour cherries diced

handful of walnuts pieces

Heat oven to 200 degrees and turn it off.

Add the egg and buttermilk to a medium bowl and beat until blended. Mix in baking soda, baking powder, salt and oil. Slowly add flour, as much as it will take to thicken. Do not over mix, you don't want tough pancakes.

Once it's mixed cover with foil and place in the oven to rest. 
While it's resting, prepare your fruit.
Place fruit in saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and allow to sit about 20 minutes. Once plumped, drain.

Heat oil on griddle until hot. Pour in enough pancake batter to form a small 4 inch pancake. Sprinkle with dried fruit and nuts. When bubbles start to form on the top, flip pancake. 

When finished, top with butter and maple syrup.
Rodney says this will make 9 small pancakes or 2 huge ones.

All photos and text are property of The Gypsy Chef


  1. Wow, these sound great. Isn't it nice to have someone else make breakfast for you? Sounds like you are having a great time! :)

  2. I love all the cute ceramic nick nacks! And I have that tablecloth that the elephant is on.

  3. Thats a wonderful idea to add fruit to the pancakes! :)

  4. HD, Life is good when you are visiting a cook who loves to shower everyone with food.

    Pam, Isn't it wonderful? His entire house is filled with these really kitschy collectibles. lucky you! I adore that tablecloth!

    Zurin, The dried fruit really added pizazz to the flavor.

  5. Can smell the sweet aroma of the pancake and fruits just by looking at the picture. Like that cute litte elephant!

  6. Sounds like it would work for a waffle, too!

  7. Really like the idea of the dried fruit in the pancakes. Would never have thought to do that...don't know why because we use fresh blueberries and choc. chips, why not dried fruit?

  8. Hi Pam, nice to hear from you! Happy 2010 and may you have a blissful & prosperous new year. Talking about pancakes... my kids & I super love it. And those look just fantastically yummy! I would love to wake up early and sitting/waiting there with you..haha...
    Have a wonderful time. Cheers!
    Best wishes, Kristy

  9. No-Frills, I wish I were smelling those pancakes now. No one to cook for me :(

    buffalodick, I bet it would work for pancakes. And the added crunch would be yummy.

    Barbara, I had never thought of dried fruit. Sometimes the obvious eludes me!

    Kristy, so nice to hear from you! Happy New Year !

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  11. I enjoyed this post and photos were evocative, soothing, stimulating and the gypsy in you spoke to me. Thank you, LA.

  12. Mmm... these pancakes look delish. So, what time should i come over for breakfast daaaaaahling?
    Have a fabulous weekend.
    *kisses* HH

  13. I goofed, trying again...

    Hi P! What a FUN post.

    Those pancakes look soo good, love the idea of the plumped up dried fruit and walnuts. I swear I can almost get a whiff of the lovely aroma.

    Love the whimsical ceramics. They remind me of my childhood. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Powderate, Thanks for visiting. I think you may be a fellow Gypsy.

    Mari, Aren't those ceramics just the living end? And I only photographed a few of them. Rodney is a wonderful cook. His comfort food is a work of art.

  15. Even your pink and green bed looks inviting..How lucky are you to feel so comfortable away from home!

  16. When I was little I sometimes got to spend the weekend with my grandparents. On Saturday we had toast for breakfast, with REAL BUTTER and honey. On Sunday, though, my grandfather made pancakes. They were wonderful. Thanks for the memory!

    ...he didn't let me have coffee, though.

  17. Lovely Pam, I have a present for you, come over to my blog for a visit!

  18. This is awesome! A wonderful bed, the smell of brewed coffee and a soul satisfying breakfast. I think I died and went to heaven. Amazing. Thanks for taking us along on this journey.