This morning I decided to do something different and special for breakfast. Mother’s Day is approaching, and I’m excited already. Our oldest daughter is coming home from Northern California for the weekend, so all four of our children will be here. I’m expecting a shipment of mangoes from the National Mango Board today… another lovely gift after our weekend at Camp Blogaway. I thought it would be fun to try a different recipe for pancakes topped with fruit to serve this weekend.
These pancakes are light and fluffy, with a delicious butter flavor! No extra sweetening is needed for the fruit, as there is hint of sweetness in the pancake. I found the recipe for Fluffy Pancakes on AllRecipes.com but instead of using all-purpose white flour, I tried the all natural UltraGrain Blend All Purpose Unbleached Flour that we received in our goodie bags at Camp Blogaway.
The pancakes were nice and fluffy, without the density of most whole grain pancakes. I was glad to know that these pancakes contained more fiber and nutritional value than refined flour, but most of all, I enjoyed having a special treat for breakfast on a weekday! Each bite of the lightly sweet pancake, topped with the juicy mangoes and blueberries was like a mini fruit tart! I was impressed with this flour and look forward to trying it in other baking this weekend.
I love the color of the avocado, especially with the golden mangoes and the dark blueberries. Since we grow avocados on our family farm, we enjoy them every morning with eggs, on toast, in breakfast burritos and now…with pancakes! Can’t wait for those mangoes to arrive! It’s going to be a great Mother’s Day weekend!
Our children are close in age...it's always fun when everyone comes home!
There seems to be a mystique about making guacamole. People are always asking me how I make it. There are contests called “Guac Offs” to choose the best recipe. Honestly, we don’t usually have time to think about it. Living on an avocado ranch comes with some responsibilities, and one is to be able to serve a batch of guacamole at a moment’s notice. Either we have visitors who have never mashed an avocado, or the family has just come in for a snack and are famished. Sometimes I’m the one who needs a quick lunch. There will be no washing and chopping of vegetables in these situations! Just use salsa and seasoning with mashed avocado.
Be sure you start with a perfectly ripe avocado. Avocados soften after they are picked from the tree…if your avocados are still hard, they need more time to soften.
Essential Ingredients for Guacamole in a Hurry
If you want to make your guacamole taste really professional….like it came from a restaurant…add fresh cilantro!
Serve with chips or on salad! Put it on a burger!
There are lots of ways to enjoy guacamole. We have added crab meat, or used just grated onion instead of salsa. Some love to add garlic and some don’t. If you want some kick, you’ll need hot sauce. There is no mystery to good guacamole….the simple secret is to use perfectly ripened avocados. The easiest way to do this is to participate in the ripening process. Buy them when they’re fresh and hard, then eat them when they are just beginning to “give” as you gently hold and press with your thumb. The freshest avocados come direct from our family farm, picked to order and delivered to your door. With a monthly subscription you can have some ripening in the kitchen every day, just as if you had your own avocado farm!