Last Saturday

This is not only the last Saturday o f December, nor is it only the last Saturday of 2013, but it is also the last free Saturday that my dad has. The last few weekends, dad has not had to work, so last night, after work, I went to his house to to advantage of this “last Saturday” morning.

We stayed up late last night, surrounded by home-baked cookies (yum). Upon rising and shining this morning, I discovered some Harry & David pears in the refrigerator quickly ripening. Dad mentioned pancakes in conversation, last night, and I whipped up some breakfast.

He was rather skeptical of the idea, but quite pleased with the results.

Spiced White Pear Pancakes

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  • 1 medium pear, ripe, divided
  • 1 1/2 servings complete pancake mix
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 packet Splenda
  • 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 Tbsp white chocolate chips

Slice the pear in half. With one half, finely chop the pear, with the skin, and add to pancake mix. Add the vanilla, Splenda, and spice to the mix, and mash with a fork. Chop the white chocolate chips and stir into the batter.  Slowly incorporate desired amount of water, mashing with a fork, all the while.

Spray a skillet with non-stick spray. Over medium heat, dollop 2 Tbsp batter, at a time. Thinly slice the other half pear into bite size pieces and top each  batter mound with some pear. Once edges begin to brown and batter bubbles, flip the pancake.

Serve it up!

I loved how moist the pancakes were from the pear! And the occasional bite of chunked pear added another dimension! Dad even mentioned how much he enjoyed the note of the pumpkin pie spice.

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Scrapple and a mug off coffee topped off this meal!

Have a great Saturday!

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