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We all grew up watching American cartoons, and every time there was a celebration Donald Duck would cook muffins, pancakes, and brownies for his nephews, Huey Dewey and Louie.
They were everybody’s favourites and were always devoured with avidity and joy by all cartoons: Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Duffy Duck, Bugs Bunny….Walt Disney as well as Looney Tunes.
When these delicacies were served, joy, happiness and fun invaded the television screen.
The same happens when my sons’ friends come around.
Every time I serve these cartoon favourites, their eyes start to sparkle.
Food quickly disappears from the table, as if the Tasmanian Devil has just stopped by.
Their satisfied faces and their happy smiles make me feel like Grandma Duck Elvira Coot.
Recipes are easy to find on the internet, but unfortunately not all the ingredients are sold here in Continental Europe.
Such as Self-rising flour, buttermilk, baking soda, vegetable shortening, cream of tartar, sour cream.
So I found some good substitutes.
This week Emma, a good friend’s daughter (13yrs), is coming to spend 2 days with me for her “Bains en Entreprise”.
It is part of the French Middle school program where students spend 2 days in a business environment to learn the difference between work and school.
Its goal is to help them with their decision on the type of high school they want to attend.
I am delighted to spend some time in the kitchen with a girl; usually, my sons are only interested in eating.
It is an excellent opportunity to teach her how to cook cartoon favourites, so she can surprise her friends when they visit her.
I am sure her brothers, like my sons, will be delighted to eat.
We will prepare:
1. Pancakes: the perfect breakfast when friends are sleeping over
2. Muffins with wild berries: such a big difference when they are homemade
3. Brownies: much more chocolaty and gooey when they are freshly made at home.
For me, the American pancakes are Aunt Jemima pancakes.
Unfortunately, the flour is difficult to find.
With this recipe I can obtain a very similar puffiness.
I achieve the best results when using the flour for ‘Pain multi-céréales’, and as it is all grain it is even healthier!
The really good brownies are made with lots of butter, so adults should not indulge, or at least with caution!
The secret to making them gooey is not to cook them for too long.
Respect the oven temperature and time of cooking exactly for best result.
Even if it looks a bit raw, it will harden while cooling down.
I found this recipe whilst looking for ‘Best Muffins recipes’ on Google, and I must say they are very nice.
Moist inside with a crunchy crust, they have a nice toasted butter taste sharpen by the fruits’ acidity.
They call for buttermilk, which cannot be found here in France, so I replaced it with Greek yogurt and it works very well.
Today it is “la journee des consacres” day for the confirmation class at the Dominican Convent in Saint Paul de Vence.
Emma will attend class this evening and will bring over the baked goodies.
I am curious to see if the nuns will also recognize and enjoy these cartoon delicacies!