MAKES 2 SERVINGS
Published in Louisiana Cookin' in June 2012
Courtesy of Sara Liberta
The perfect start for Mother’s Day, puff pancakes are easy, dramatically beautiful, and sooo yummy! There’s no waiting to cook several batches for a crowd; just pour the batter into a well-buttered skillet or casserole pan and pop it in the oven for a few minutes. As the pancake bakes and rises, beautiful shapes are formed; towering peaks and buttery valleys invite sweet fruits to nestle among them. Choose from strawberries, raspberries, apples, pears, peaches, and cherries, all members of the Rose family, and delicious when combined with rose petals and rosewater or rose syrup. —Sarah Liberta
Preheat oven to 425ºF. Put butter in 10-inch ovenproof skillet and place in oven. When butter is melted, remove pan and tilt to coat sides.
Whisk milk, flour, eggs, granulated sugar, rose water, and nutmeg in medium bowl or in a blender or food processor. Pour into skillet, tilt pan so butter runs over the batter, and return pan to oven.
Bake until pancake is puffed and golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with powdered sugar or Rose Syrup, or serve with strawberries and whipped cream laced with 1/2 teaspoon rose water. Serve immediately.
Chef’s Notes: Recipe may be divided or multiplied easily. To serve 1 generously, halve the amounts and bake in an 8-inch skillet or pan. For 4, double the amounts and bake in a 12-inch skillet; for 6, triple the original and bake in a 9x13-inch pan.
MAKES 1 1/2 CUPS
Use as a base for summer drinks, drizzle lightly over fresh fruit and berries, serve with pancakes or pound cake. Mix a small amount with powdered sugar to make a glaze for cakes or cookies. —Sarah Liberta
Bring 1 cup water and sugar to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, add rose petals, and let stand until cool. Strain and add food coloring if desired. Bottle and chill until used.