By Matthew Casey
Tonight I tried to make something new for supper. I made what is known as a Dutch Baby Pancake. Essentially all it is is a pancake with a hole in the centre. The hole gets filled with a cracked egg which is supposed to fry. A gentle flip and a few seconds on the other side it is then supposed to be flipped onto the plate with the egg yolk facing up. The egg is supposed to be done over easy.
I decided to try to make this because I love eggs over easy and I also love pancakes. So in my mind it seemed like the perfect harmony. However my culinary skills, or lack thereof, being what they are you can probably guess that things didn’t go so well.
The description in the recipe makes it seem so easy to whip these things together! But it was one of the most difficult things I have ever done. While I was half way through cooking them I wondered why I had even embarked on such a nefarious adventure! The first one I attempted to flip but the pancake simply folded in half like an omelet. The yolk broke and bled into the rest of the pancake mix.
Round two, I made the second one and the flip was perfect! I got it to flip the way it was supposed to. However, I guess I did not let it cook enough on the other side. I flipped it out of the pan and on to the plate it looked great but the egg had not cooked enough. So I attempted to put it back into the skillet. This is where it went horribly wrong. The pancake, yet again, folded in half and the yolk yet again broke.
Fearing a third catastrophic attempt I gave up. So although it was an interesting supper it did not turn out the way I had hoped. Thankfully this was just being seen by my eyes! I guess this is why I am not a chef. However I am tired of eating the same things over and over again so I try to spice up my cooking a little bit to add a little interest in what would otherwise be a mundane life!
I think I may just have to stick to Mac & Cheese out of a box.