I really wish the lighting was better and the syrup was much more photogenic because these pancakes were probably some of the best I’ve ever made.
The other night, Bill and I were on the phone and we were talking about pancakes (random, I know) and I got this crazy idea to combine bacon and pears into a pancake batter. So the minute we hung up the phone, I pulled out the last three strips of thick cut bacon I had in the freezer and turned on the oven. I figured cooking the bacon tonight would save me time in the morning.
The next morning, I chopped up two pears and threw them into a pyrex pan with some of the reserved bacon fat and some of my maple & sea salt butter with a dash of cinnamon. I’m pretty sure that might qualify as my best idea ever.
When my house was sufficiently filled with the smell of roasted pears, I pulled them out of the oven and half were mashed and added to the batter. The other half was poured into the blender with some brown sugar and maple syrup. Holy yum!
I really should have consulted with one of my favorite food bloggers ever, because her pictures always look so. darn. tasty. She probably could have given me some tips. I guess these will have to suffice!
Friends, you must try the bacon + pear combo. You will not be disappointed!
Roasted Pear and Bacon Pancakes
3 slices thick cut bacon + bacon grease
6 TBS brown sugar, separated, (3 + 2 + 1)
2 pears, chopped into 1/2inch pieces
1 TBS maple and sea salt butter
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
1.5 cups milk (plus extra if batter is too thick)
2 TBS melted butter (regular)
~1/2 cup maple syrup
1. Line a baking sheet with foil and bake the bacon at 375°F for about 20 minutes. A few minutes before it is done, drain off the bacon grease (save it!) and sprinkle on 2 TBS of brown sugar. When fully cooked, remove from oven and allow to cool. (I did this step the night before and kept the bacon and bacon grease in the fridge overnight.)
2. In a baking dish, put the pears, the bacon grease and maple sea salt butter. Add a dash of cinnamon. Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the flours, 3 TBS of brown sugar, salt, and baking powder. In a smaller bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla, milk, and melted butter (and if you’re feeling daring, a bit of bacon grease if you have any left over).
4. When the pears come out of the oven, scoop out about 1/2 cup of the pear mixture. Mash it up with a fork and allow to cool a little before adding to the wet ingredients.
5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined.
6. Chop the bacon into tiny pieces and fold them into the batter.
7. Make pancakes as usual!
8. While the pancakes are on the stove/griddle, add the remaining pear mixture into a blender with maple syrup and 1 TBS brown sugar and blend. Now you have syrup!