Tri-Berry Pancakes

As I have said before, I love breakfast!!!  I love sitting down with friends and family in the morning, starting out the day with a delicious meal and conversation.  In Austen’s time, the 19th century, breakfast was serve around 10 am and was a huge meal.  Oh how wonderful it would be for us to take that much time every day and spend it with our families around the breakfast table.  However, I was not born during that time, so I try to find the time and spend it with my friends and family.  A month ago I made a meal that I enjoyed making and presenting.  I got the recipe from Barefoot Contessa, once again.

Tri-Berry Pancakes
From Ina Garten

(4 6- to 7- inch gratin, or ramekins, dishes, sprayed with cooking spray)
1 cup each raspberries, blueberries, and sliced strawberries (or any mixture of them)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 4 teaspoons for the dishes
3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
½ cup milk
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
Maple syrup and confectioners’ sugar, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Gently combine the berries and sugar in a small bowl and set aside while you make the pancakes.  Place four (6 to7 inch) individual gratin dishes on two sheet pans.  Place 1 teaspoon of butter in each gratin dish and set aside. (This is important.)
Place the eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a wisk attachment and beat on medium speed until mixed.  Add the milk and combine.  Slowly add the four, vanilla, orange zest, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and the salt and mix just until smooth.  Whisk by hand if mixture is lumpy.
Place the gratin dishes in the oven for 3 minutes, until the butter is hot and bubbly.  Make sure the butter covers the bottom of each dishes.  Immediately divide the batter equally among the gratin dishes and bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until puffed and lightly browned.  Divide the berries among the dishes, drizzle with maple syrup, dush with confectioners’ sugar, and serve hot.

Make 4 pancakes.

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