A few days ago, whilst perusing Pinterest, I came across an interesting breakfast recipe called “hootenanny,” aka oven pancakes. First of all, the recipe looked easy as pie – 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour, 6 eggs, 1/4 tsp salt: blend and bake (how simple is that?). Secondly, it looked delectable with the way it bubbled up and browned around the edges; I could almost taste it! And lastly, but certainly not leastly, it’s called hootenanny…hootenanny!! How could I not give it a try?
Of course, I couldn’t leave well enough alone, so I added yummy strawberries on top before baking, which made a very delicious addition (plus, look how pretty!). I might make a couple more changes next time, but overall I liked how the recipe turned out. Very yummy!
If you’ve never had hootenanny before, which I never had until trying this recipe, it’s a little unexpected. Personally, I think calling them oven pancakes is a little misleading; if I hadn’t read the recipe beforehand, which occurs more often than it should, I probably would have just poured pancake batter in the baking dish and called it a day (which I still want to try, by the way). My recipe called for 6 eggs, and they definitely contribute to the texture and taste (but not in a super eggy way, if that makes sense at all). To me, it was reminiscent of pancakes, biscuits, French toast, and quiche. It was kind of weird, but I liked it!
Okay, so getting to the actual recipe; as I previously mentioned, it’s simple as pie! Using a mixer, blend together the flour, milk, eggs, and salt. Pour into a greased, 13x9” baking dish, and set aside. Next, slice your strawberries, and mix with the sugar until the granules have dissolved. Add the strawberries to the baking dish, pour the melted butter on top without blending, and bake at 400 degrees for approx. 20min, or until puffed and starting to brown. Slice it up, drizzle with maple syrup, and enjoy!
From what I have seen of other hootenanny recipes, it’s really supposed to puff up all over the place. Mine didn’t puff up as much as others and I think this was due to the strawberries weighing it down. Also, mine was a little doughy in the very center, but I think this was due to the fact that I have a smaller pan, and it was a little thick. I don’t think this will be a problem if using a 13x9” dish. Next time I will use less batter for mine, or I might mix up the strawberries and add them on top AFTER the hootenanny is baked. Another thing I noticed after doing a little research is that some recipes only use 4 eggs. I might give this a try as well. It just gives me an excuse to make more of this yummy dish!
Wrapping it up
This has to be one of the simplest recipes I’ve ever made. It was quick, easy, and really yummy. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
16oz strawberries, sliced
3 Tbs sugar
1/2 stick butter, melted
Maple syrup for topping
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