This story is from the fabulous food photographer and blogger behind The Kitchy Kitchen, Claire Thomas! Every month, Claire will be sharing an original recipe inspired by a classic movie. Today, it’s Christmas Morning Pancakes, inspired by the film Christmas in Connecticut. Enjoy!
Hey everyone! Claire here.
Last year I started a tradition: The Cookie Swap. It’s my favorite kind of holiday party. Girls only, bourbon spiked cocoa, a holiday film, and of course, cookies. I screened my favorite Christmas movie ever: Christmas in Connecticut. If you’re a food blogger, like most of my guests were, Christmas in Connecticut is a must-watch film.
It follows the zany only-possible-in-the-‘40s storyline of Elizabeth Lane, the popular columnist for Smart Housekeeping Magazine. Imagine Martha before Martha (that’s her voice), writing from her luxurious Connecticut country house, where she lives with her husband and new baby boy. Elizabeth is elegant, dignified, the arbiter of all things tasteful and proper. And she can cook. Asparagus in hollandaise, strawberries Chantilly with rum and egg white, you name it. As a writer, she’s everything her readers fantasize about being.
But in reality, Elizabeth is a stylish 20-something bachelorette, with no cooking experience at all, but a hell of a lot of chutzpah. One Christmas, the publisher of the magazine decides that Elizabeth Lane will host a Christmas dinner at her Connecticut home…with photos. This upends Elizabeth and her editor, who scramble to get a house in Connecticut, a husband, a baby, and a Christmas dinner before Elizabeth’s true identity is found out. There’s a love story, mistaken identities, and a whole lot of fun.
One of my favorite scenes in the film is when Elizabeth’s editor begs her to flip some of her “famous pancakes” for him. She’s been secretly practicing, but only succeeding at sticking pancakes to the ceiling. It’s the moment of truth. She closes her eyes, and like a Christmas miracle, the pancake flips, and her identity is safe…for now!
I love the idea of a big breakfast bonanza on Christmas morning, so I decided to make Elizabeth’s pancakes myself. I have discovered that I also need a lot of practice in the flipping department. The recipe is inspired by some of the recipes I’ve come across in my vintage cookbooks from the same time period as the film, so I used their flavors as the inspiration for these fluffy, delicious pancakes. Get ready to practice your flipping…
Christmas Morning Pancakes with Blueberries
For about a dozen 6-inch pancakes:
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 2 ½ cups whole milk, possibly more for thinning them out
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar
- ¼ cup melted unsalted butter
For the garnish:
- 1 cup blueberries, fresh or dry frozen
- 1 14-oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
- salted butter, softened
- powdered sugar
- Mix together the milk and vinegar, let it stand for 10 minutes, until the milk has curdled. Sift together all of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix until just formed together. The mixture should be a little on the thin side, like very heavy cream, so add more milk if you need to thin it out. For best results, cover the batter and keep in the fridge for two days, to let the batter get nice and sour.
- Right before cooking, heat up your griddle or pan (cast iron is best) until ridiculously hot. Water shouldn’t just sizzle when you sprinkle it, it should dance around. If your griddle is seasoned, you don’t need to grease it. If you haven’t seasoned your pan, add a small amount of vegetable oil (coconut oil would be great too, because of its high smoke point) to coat the griddle, just before adding the pancakes.
- Ladle a scoop of batter onto the griddle, then top with a few blueberries (about 5 or 6 to a pancake). Cook for about 2 minutes, until there are quite a few bubbles, then flip, and keep cooking (another 2 minutes). To serve, spread each pancake with a little butter as you build the stack. Shower the whole thing with powdered sugar, add a fake tree if you like, and then drizzle with sweetened condensed milk (or syrup).
These pancakes are best enjoyed hot off the griddle with family on Christmas morning. I hope you love them! And if you haven’t seen the movie Christmas in Connecticut, be sure to watch it this holiday season.
Do you have a traditional holiday recipe you like to make each year?
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