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This past Monday Stiletto2 got up and made me a breakfast of banana pancakes and coffee; and served it to me in bed. I think it was the best gift a stay at home dad can get on a Monday morning. After that I took her out to practice driving in the school parking lot where we drove over two curbs and a pylon. I didn't blow a gasket and after she got to go to the Twins game with Pistol2, her boyfriend. Perhaps she had a successful plan with her pancakes in bed scheme? So today, I got up and made her pancakes in return. A new one which she liked very much. I hope you enjoy it too. I promise, I had no scheme with the Nutella, bacon, or chocolate...really.
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Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Cool Water
  • 1 1/8 Cup Krusteaz Pancake Mix
  • 4 Slices Cooked Bacon Diced
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons Nutella
  • 1/2 Hershey's Chocolate Bar Chopped
  • Butter For Topping
  • Non Stick Spray Or Bacon Fat For Cooking

Preparation
  1. Cook bacon and drain until cool.
  2. Dice the bacon.
  3. Heat the Nutella in a microwave approximately 15 seconds.
  4. Combine the Nutella and water with a whisk.
  5. Add the pancake mix and stir with a fork until combined. Do not over sir.
  6. Add the chocolate and bacon and stir to combine.
  7. Add water or pancake mix to adjust thickness.
  8. Cook in nonstick spray oiled pan or fry in bacon fat. Cook until first side starts to bubble then flip for another minute or so.
  9. Serve with butter as is or with an egg and bacon side.

Servings
3 servings

Nutrition
About 240 calories per serving cooked in non stick spray without butter topping.

Tips
If you want more bacon flavor, definitely fry the cakes in the bacon fat. However, you will need to adjust the calories upward.
 
 
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On cold mornings at the cabin when I was a boy, my mother used to make a wonderful breakfast cake from mashed potatoes and a little egg and butter. She'd fry it up in a pan and serve it with a side of eggs and bacon. I can still feel the chill and the mist in the air. There seemed like nothing better. After making her potato cakes for years, I thought, what is stopping me from improving it. Well I did and the secret is in the pork fat because as we all know: Pork Fat Rules.

Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Dehydrated Potatoes (Flakes Or Buds)
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Butter (More For Topping)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Bacon Grease
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Non Stick Spray Or Butter For Frying

Preparation
  1. If you do not have bacon grease saved in the refrigerator, you will need to render some bacon and remove the grease and let it cool so it doesn't cook the egg.
  2. Your water should be warm, but not boiling. Mix the water and the potatoes with the salt.
  3. Add the egg and mix well. Add the butter and the bacon grease.
  4. Divide into four portions and make thick patties.
  5. Fry in non stick pan approximately 4 minutes on each side over medium heat until they are golden brown.
  6. Serve with butter as is or with an egg and bacon side.

Servings
4 servings

Nutrition
About 150 calories per cake.

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Tips
Rendering bacon fat seems to have disappeared from home making practices. My grandmother and mother always used bacon fat. I know we are all up in arms about being healthy with lower fat and sodium, but you don't need very much to add great flavor to a dish. It also makes the best dressing base, especially if you combine it with olive oil. So next time you cook up some bacon, drain off the fat and save a bit in a jar in the refrigerator. It keeps quite a long time.
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Sometimes as an at home parent, a dog day afternoon comes along. Actually, more than you'd like to admit. You have been called upon by everyone else throughout the week. Schedules are shifted without your knowledge. People make plans and forget to tell you. A family crisis arises. And more.. In the middle of it all, you put on your super parent at home cape and rise to the occasion. With no groceries, no time, no patience, a phone constantly ringing, children running in and out, the dogs begging at your side; you whip up this little number in less than an hour. The kids loved it. They gave it two thumbs up. Siskel would be proud. Hooray would be jealous. You are pleased and think...oh, to be a dog.