Big Christmas Post p1 + cornmeal & buttermilk pancakes with chocolate chips…and onions!

I’m having the hardest time getting into the Christmas Spirit this year. As much as I dislike the cold, I think I really do need to see some snow! It feels more like early November. So, yesterday I visited my grandparents in Marshall again, and we walked around downtown so I could take pictures of the lights and decorations. I’ll get to that later, but first, on Saturday I made some really awesome pancakes for brunch. Cornmeal “buttermilk” pancakes with chocolate chips and sugary onions. I know, it sounds weird, but trust me.

I used a pancake recipe from Bon Appetit as my guide. Please use the link, I’ll tell you below what substitutions I made.

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For the buttermilk, I put 2 Tbsp vinegar in my measuring cup, then filled the rest of the 1 1/4 C with coconut milk beverage (or use whatever milk sub you prefer).

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Adding melted Smart Balance and faux buttermilk to the dry ingredients. I also used Ener-G Egg Replacer instead of eggs, and did one half egg worth extra since the recipe calls for large eggs.

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until smooth.

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I sauteed chopped onion, sprinkled with a tiny bit of salt and lots of maple syrup sugar, in vegetable oil…

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until the onions were soft and clear and kind of began to caramelize.

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Add the onions to your pancake batter with a couple handfuls of your favorite vegan chocolate chips.

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As the original recipe says, “Lightly coat the bottom of a large heavy skillet with oil. Heat over medium heat. Working in batches, pour 1/4 cup batter into skillet for each pancake.” I don’t pay attention to times, though, I just wait until they look ready to flip. I have a bad habit of messing up when I’m flipping, so I like to get the first side get pretty well done and let the edges firm up.

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Then flip. And of course let the other side get nice and golden brown.

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I ate these with margarine and more maple syrup sugar sprinkled on top, but regular syrup would do. Or you could probably do without the extra sweetness at all since there are chocolate chips.

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The onions do add a different flavor, but if you didn’t know they were in there you’d probably never guess. If you’re really brave, you could add them raw to the batter for more of a bold flavor.

Okay, but now on to Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m using lots of exclamation points to try to get myself excited. CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (click the pictures to enlarge)

The house at the end there my mom referred to as being “tastefully overdone.” That’s an understatement. At first we just drove by it when we got into town. Later when we walked by, we noticed something else about it that was a little…odd. Personally, I like how over the top it is. But it is pretty over the top. I made a video so you can see what I’m talking about….

Yes, that music IS coming from the house!

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