Saturday, June 20, 2009

Olallieberry Buttermilk Pancakes and Candied Bacon

Finally! The weekend has arrived, though it's overcast and gloomy. What happened to our California sunshine, is what I want to know? I decided to treat my boys to homemade olallieberry pancakes and their very favorite candied bacon. Before I share these two recipes with you, I have been too busy to share photos of last weekend.

My husband, son and I took a lovely 30 minute trip to Gizdich Ranch to, buy ten pounds of olallieberries. The place was packed with folks, so I decided to spend $3.00 a pound on boxed fresh olallieberries rather than $1.80 a pound if we picked them ourselves. I also purchased a bottle of their olallieberry syrup, which cost almost $7.00. (I made a mental note to learn how to make my own.)

Tip: I buy Chinese restaurant style takeout boxes at a local restaurant supply (for pennies each) and freeze my berries. (Extra tip: I also use these takeout boxes when gifting guests with food to take home...I don't lose my personal containers that way, anymore!) These berries are highly perishable, so I don't waste time preserving them. Each box usually yields enough to fill a pie and they store easily in my upright freezer. If you don't know what an olallieberry is, I'm so sorry!

Think of them as a blackberry, boysenberry and marionberry all in one. They are sweet and tart, and my husband and son are crazy about them.

As special treat, I made candied bacon. Colleen, of the blog "Colleen's Recipes" (she's a sweetheart who blogs wonderful recipes just about every single day) posted that she didn't have success with hers. Well, Colleen, I'm going to show you how I finally perfected this recipe.

First, the bacon. Preheat your oven to 400F:

I use a baking sheet, lined with foil (for faster cleanup). I use a cooling rack on top of the baking sheet and line the bacon slices evenly-- I buy thicker cut bacon. I don't measure-- I just sprinkle brown sugar and then pop into the oven and set the timer for 10 minutes.

In the meantime, I removed my frozen berries (blueberries work just fine, too). I quick thaw them with some cold water.

Once I make my pancake batter and get the griddle ready, I am ready to go! Pay close attention to the bacon, though! The brown sugar can easily caramelize and then burn. As the fat renders, you might get smoke. After 10 minutes, I remove the bacon and turn them over with tongs. I sprinkle a little brown sugar on the other side and turn down the oven to 350F. Here' where you want to be careful, though. It can take 5-10 minutes more for the bacon to be ready-- I just check on it, to make sure I don't burn it. I'm speaking from experience!

For the pancakes, I drop some berries into the batter. The heat will finish thawing them out.

The bacon is good does this look? My boys are really happy. I can already see them eying the candied bacon, and calculating how many pieces they each get. I'm not surrendering my share! I don't eat bacon very often, but this is a treat.

What a breakfast! The sun is nowhere in sight, so it's a good day to bake. I have so many recipes I've bookmarked, I don't know where to start!

I would like to take this opportunity to express how much I appreciate each and every person who reads my blog. Those of you who, faithfully, leave comments-- it means a lot to me. Some of you leave comments, but I don't know how to email you! If I could, I would like to send you a personal note of thanks.

Food blogging is evolving into a hobby, a passion and a lot of fun. I've made a lot of wonderful foodie friends-- we speak the same language and love to talk about our passion in the kitchen.

Thank you!

Olallieberry, on Foodista

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Coleen's Recipes said...

What was your starting temperature for the bacon (you said you turned it down to 350). Also, did you use thin or thick cut?

A Feast for the Eyes said...

ooops. It was in the recipe from Key Ingredient! I edited my posting to list 400F is the starting recipe and I buy thick cut bacon.

Kerstin said...

What an amazing breakfast! I've never heard of olallieberries before, they sound so good!

Monica H said...

I need a bib over on your site too- delicious. I'd definitely use that bacon to scoop up some of that syrup...ah!

finsmom said...

Candied Bacon?!?!? How tasty and addictive! Looks soooo good!

Culinary Wannabe said...

Candied bacon! Oh my! Too bad my husband is home tonight and I have to make "real" food, or else I would be having just the bacon for dinner. And Debby we love reading your blog - it's such a special treat!

Anonymous said...

Your buttermilk pancake recipe was my first try in the blogging recipe world! What a wonderful first experience! So rich & satisfying. Candied bacon will be next as my boyfriend adores bacon in all forms.

Thank you for making our morning yummy :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie, thought I would add the tip I emailed you about: before cooking the bacon I first soak it in orange juice, then proceed as per recipe. The OJ adds a fresh zing to the sweet/ salty flavor. Love your blog! Julie

bobv said...

wow, what a site. I can't wait to try the fabulous recipes, very well portrayed and explained. tremendous work by you. BOB V

Julia M said...

This looks great. Bacon is the food of the gods. I just found your blog and have been browsing for an hour. MMMMM! And I am going to search for these berries. Thanks for your blog.

Anonymous said...

Which recipe did you use for the pancakes?

Debby Foodiewife said...

Dear Anonymous,
Did you scroll to the end of the post? You should see printable recipe cards!