What’s For Alice’s Dinner?

In her email to me, Alice declares her five key ingredients and needs to feed 6 people tonight.  Her family is using up their food stocks because they are moving to Michigan from Central Washington and the movers are coming in the morning.  Yes, we note that here are more than five ingredients in her declaration, but the 5 she selected as key are Pancake Mix, milk and eggs, bacon/deli ham and fresh fruit.  Ok, so that’s six, but who’s counting?  These are the ingredients she identifies:

Vegetable oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Brown sugar, Hazelnut Flavored Coffee/Italian Soda Syrup, a new box of Complete Pancake Mix she didn’t know she had, miscellaneous spices, baking powder and baking soda.  In the fridge/freezer, she has milk (2%), part of a small carton of heavy cream, 4 eggs, butter/a half carton of Brummel & Brown (butter substitute) Yogurt Spread,  about 2 ounces+ of cheddar cheese, 4 slices of deli ham and a half a pound of bacon and about a cup of frozen blueberries. The fruit bowl has 4 ripe Red Bartlett pears and two bananas and a  bunch of red seedless grapes. Coffee and odds and ends of assorted fruit juices, including orange juice.

Hey Alice, I can’t imagine moving to Michigan this time of year, but with the weather we’ve been having, maybe it will be about the same as you’ve been seeing !  Looks like  to me,  you have plenty of ingredients for a great “breakfast” dinner for six hungry people, plus extra, so these are my suggestions and recipes.  Let’s get to it.

Ham, Bacon and Cheese Waffles

“Buttered” Hazelnut Syrup

5 Fruits Compote

Coffee and Assorted Juices, Milk

The only caveat here is you’ll have to send out for McBreakfasts in the morning before the Moving Van arrives.

The Plan

1.  In a one quart saucepan, put Hazelnut Syrup on to cook and reduce.

2.  Make fruit compote.  Refrigerate while waffles are made.

3. Make waffles.


“Buttered” Hazelnut Syrup

  • 1 1/2  cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons Hazelnut Coffee/Soda Syrup
  1. Bring to a boil, and simmer gently until volume is reduced and syrupy.  (Bubbles will begin to pile upon one another.)
  2. Remove from heat and add
  3. 3 Tablespoons Brummel & Brown “Butter” Spread.  Stir.  Serve warm (Not hot)

Serve  along side the waffles with more spread/butter     –      About 1 1/2 cups of syrup

5 Fruits Compote

Pare and slice pears and bananas into a medium serving bowl.  Pour 1/4 cup orange juice  over them.  Wash and pull grapes from stems, adding them to the pears and bananas.  Separate blueberries and add to the other fruits, stir and check flavors.  Add a spoonful or two of brown sugar if necessary to maximize flavors

Ham, Bacon and Cheese Waffles

  • 1/2 lb. bacon. diced and cooked
  • 4 slices of deli ham, diced
  • 4 cups pancake mix
  • 2 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon baking powder

Stir baking soda and powder into pancake mix and set aside.

(For the record here, we’re adding the leavening ingredients just in case those in the pancake mix Alice has lost some of its power.  Remember, she didn’t remember she had it, so it might not be just-purchased fresh.  We are also adding some heavy ingredients and extra leavening will insure that our waffles are light and crispy.)


Cook and drain diced bacon, patting with paper towel to dry as much as possible, then stir into pancake mix along with grated cheese and diced ham.

Measure the liquid ingredients together with the exception of the water.  Measure and keep the water separate.

  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar (add to 2% milk to create “Buttermilk”)
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups water(more or less, to achieve proper consistency  for your waffle iron)
  1.  Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir 8 to 10 strokes, adding water , 1/2 cup at a time, until the correct consistency of batter is achieved for your waffle machine.
  2. Spray waffle machine with nonstick spray and fill to about 3/4 full and bake until pastry is golden brown. (the steam will stop coming from the machine)
  3. Keep waffles warm in a 200°F oven, placing waffles directly onto the rack until all the baked goods are done then serve with Hazelnut syrup and fruit compote.  Yum!


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