Tart Cherry Puff Pancake

This big puffy, slightly custardy pancake studded with juicy tart cherries looks as good as it tastes. It takes just minutes to whip together and the cream cheese drizzle adds the perfect touch. This recipes and photo, courtesy of Foodland Ontario.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Baking Time: 20 minutes
Serves 4

3 Ontario eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cup (150 mL) all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
3/4 cup (175 mL) Ontario milk
2 tbsp (25 mL) Ontario maple syrup
2 tbsp (25 mL) butter
2 cups (500 mL) drained pitted Ontario red tart cherries
Cream Cheese Drizzle:
4 oz (125 g) cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tbsp (25 mL) Ontario maple syrup
3 tbsp (45 mL) (approx.) Ontario milk
1/4 tsp (1 mL) almond or vanilla extract

In medium bowl, whisk eggs until frothy. Sprinkle in flour and salt; whisk until smooth. Gradually whisk in milk and maple syrup until batter is smooth. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Heat 9- to 10-inch (25 to 30 cm) cast iron or ovenproof skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes, until hot. Add butter; let melt. Add cherries; cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until excess juices have evaporated and cherries are hot. Spread in single layer. Pour batter evenly over cherries. Remove from heat; transfer to oven.

Bake in 425°F (220°C) oven for about 20 minutes or until puffed and well-browned around the edges. (It will quickly deflate; that’s expected.)

Cream Cheese Drizzle: Meanwhile, in medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and maple syrup until smooth. Beat in milk, adding 1 tsp (5 mL) at a time, if necessary, until a thick drizzling consistency. Stir in almond extract.

Cut pancake into pieces; serve immediately with cream cheese drizzle.

Variation: Cherry Bacon Cheese Puff Pancake: Add 4 slices Ontario bacon, cooked and crumbled and 1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded aged Ontario Cheddar cheese or other sharp Ontario cheese or crumbled feta cheese to the batter after whisking in milk. Omit the Cream Cheese Drizzle.

Nutritional Information:
1 serving
PROTEIN: 12 grams
FAT: 21 grams
FIBRE: 2 grams
SODIUM: 360 mg