Sunday, February 20, 2011

Puff Pancake with Fresh Fruit

Delicious Puff Pancake

I love breakfast! Omelets, pancakes, french toast, waffles and especially puff pancakes. When I'm at home I usually have a cup of tea and then, about an hour later, have something to eat.  However, when I'm on vacation, I love to have a nice breakfast! Even if I have to do the cooking.  Yesterday we were planing a trip to St. Andrews State Park, to do some shell hunting. A favorite activity, when in Florida. I wanted us to eat a nice breakfast before we set out on our adventure. I also wanted to use up some of the fruit I had in the refrigerator.  I thought…Puff Pancake! Easy, not too many ingredients and a good way to use up all the fruit I had.  This is one dish that always looks impressive, even though it is just as easy as making scrambled eggs.
After breakfast, I put together a picnic lunch and we were off on our excursion to find prized shells. When we arrived at the State Park it was about 9:30 am. A gorgeous, sunny day. There were already a bunch of people out there enjoying the beach. Since this is February, and still a little cool...shorts and a t-shirt were perfect attire for shell collecting.  As I walked the beach, I took a few pictures.  Then I put my camera away and got serious. I met a lovely lady who had found a star fish and several "Lettered Olive Shells". Additionally, she found a shell I had never seen before; an "Atlantic Baby's Ear".  She was sweet enough to give me one of her olive shells, since I had not found any yet.  Maybe I was looking a bit pathetic. Shortly after that I ran into 2 women who were digging in the sand. I mean a 5 foot ditch, that was at least 2 to 3 feet deep.  I noticed the outside of their ditch was littered with conch shells. Curiosity got the best of me and I had to ask what they were doing.  It seems that they were excavating sea shells from the deep wall of sand. The shells littering the outside of their ditch were throw aways they had discarded for reasons of imperfection. They looked better then the shells I was finding on the beach, so at their insistence I took a few. They also asked my friend with the "Baby's Ear" and me to join their excavation, which we did for at least an hour.  We were having a great time and I can't tell you how many great shells we found.  It was a fun day, meeting fun people from all over the states.  But all good things must end and my husband was hungry. So we found ourselves a picnic table and ate lunch. I then thought, much too late, we missed a great opportunity for some photos of our archeological (shell) dig! 


1/2 c. flour
2 eggs
1/2 c. milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 c. butter
Powdered sugar

Mix flour, eggs, and milk together, leaving batter a bit lumpy. Melt butter in 9" pie plate in oven; I use a cast iron fry pan. Pour batter on top of it. Bake 425 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes until nicely browned and puffed. Sift powdered sugar on top. If serving with fruit, put fruit on top before serving. Serve at once.

Sometimes I throw some cut apples or pears in fry pan with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and serve on top of the pancake.
Most of the time I use berries or peaches when in season. So delicious! 


butter melted in fry pan, in oven

the fruit

just out of the oven


St. Andrews State Park 
The jetty 

shell littered beach

The beautiful beach at St. Andrews State Park

Lettered Olive Shells

Scallops and assorted other shells

Scotch Bonnet, several small whelks and what I think are sharks eye shells

Florida Fighting Conch

Turret and Auger shells

 Atlantic Diplodon and Sundial
Common Nutmeg Shells, scotch bonnet and assorted other shells 


  1. This puff pancake looks simple and delicious, especially with the fresh fruit!

  2. It sounds and looks like you are having a wonderful vacation, Kathy! I love, love shell hunting and it is my favorite thing to do when we go to the beach. You have found some treasures for sure. I have not had breakfast yet and your puff pancake looks simply fantastic!

  3. Hey Girl, can't wait to try this now that I've got the way to do it....looks wonderful and I've had it and it tastes great too! Sounds like you are having a very nice ya'

  4. That looks amazing!