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cherry pie pancakes & oxo cherry pitter

Posted Jul 27 2012 10:20am

A few weeks ago I received a cool new cherry pitter from my friends over at OXO  and Foodbuzz.

 As a cherry lover myself I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some beautiful organic cherries and start experimenting in the kitchen.

  According to the website: “The Pitter features a removable splatter shield that directs juices downward and prevents them from soiling your work area. When not in use, the splatter shield fits inside the front chamber and a lock holds the Pitter closed for convenient storage. Sturdy, die-cast zinc construction removes pits with ease, and soft, comfortable non-slip handles absorb pressure while you squeeze”.

After I put the pitter to use I found the description to be quite accurate. The tool was easy to control and helped keep the mess to a minimum while quickly pitting my cherries without smashing them. I decided to take the cherries and create a quick cherry compote to top some gorgeous oatmeal pancakes with.

 

 

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Cherry Pie Pancakes

Ingredients:

for the pancakes

1 ¾ cup oat flour

3 ½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

1 tbsp flax

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 ½ cup almond milk

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp vanilla

a few drops of stevia optional

 for the cherries

2 cups cherries

¼ cup water

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp almond extract

1 tbsp raw sugar

1 tsp chia seeds

Directions: Pit the cherries and add half of them to a small pot over medium heat with water, sugar, and salt. Simmer about 15 minutes until cherries begin to break down, stir in the rest of the cherries and cook another 5-10 minutes. In the meantime combine wet ingredients in one bowl and dry in another. Mix together and let batter stand at least 5 minutes. Drop by ice cream scoop fulls into a preheated pan over medium heat and cook 3-4 minutes per side until cooked thru. To finish the cherry mixture stir in chia seeds and almond extract before removing from the heat. Stack the pancakes and top with cherry compote to serve!

I loved the balance of the mildly sweet yet comforting pancakes with the tart, delicious cherry topping. I also find an oat flour based pancake to be more substantial and stick with me quite a bit longer than traditional wheat ones. The cherries could be substituted out for any fruit in this dish and extra pancakes can be frozen and easily reheated for a quick breakfast on the run.

Questions:

What’s your favorite way to use cherries? Pie or Jam :)

Have you ever tried any OXO tools? nope this is my first and i’m a fan!

Plans for the weekend? Restaurant tour tonight, market and working tomorrow & hopefully getting some exercise!

Something to think about:

“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius

Have a beautiful Friday!

xo

Kate

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