I recently had the honor of making the acquaintance of fashion designer Ching Aria Hsiao @ychingh, who heads up the womenswear department at premium denim label McGuire Denim in Los Angeles. She is talented!
After earning degrees in Journalism and Communications at Hsuan Chuang University in Taiwan and working in PR and marketing in the fashion and beauty industries for six years, she moved to LA to study Merchandise Product Development at FIDM. And LA is the better for it!
Guess what. She loves to cook!!
She shared with me a recipe for souffle pancakes that she made last weekend, and I in turn am sharing it with you. Instead of cake flour, she said she used Japanese pancake powder. Enjoy!
Souffle Pancakes Recipe
25 g cake flour
2 egg yolks
20 ml milk
2 egg whites
40 g sugar
Mix together flour, egg yolks, and milk. Set aside. Whisk the egg whites until foamy, add the sugar, then beat until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the batter with a rubber spatula.
Melt butter in a pan over medium heat and spoon your souffle batter into pancakes, stacking them high with batter. Add a few drops of water into the pan then cover with a lid and let them steam and cook for three minutes. Carefully turn them over to cook the other side, add a few drops of water into the pan, and return the lid to cover.
The fancy little things just need a pad of French butter and a drizzle of delightful maple syrup, and we can let the Queen of England know breakfast is served.
BTW, Bon Appetit says that Trader Joe’s cultured salted butter is just as good as the French stuff, so I’m inclined to take that at face value. However, I can’t deny that it is much more fun to encourage the decadent use of French butter.
How about this. Use Trader Joe’s butter and pretend it’s French butter.
Just make a wild hand gesture and proclaim, ‘I now deem you French butter,” and go about your business. Don’t get me started on the maple syrup because I’ll have you imagining you’re staying at a cozy B&B in Vermont with a spectacular view out the window of fall foliage, countryside, and a jack-o-lantern propped up on the porch waiting for All Hallows’ Eve. Or should we be taking our souffle pancake breakfast in Tarry Town, smack dab in the middle of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow...Nah, I think Vermont is the perfect spot for Souffle Pancakes this morning.
I hesitate to show you the way my souffle pancakes turned out. Ching’s qualify for Vermont. Mine, on the other hand, are more likely to be found on the table of a Boy Scout Pancake Supper. (Note to Self: Practice beating egg whites.)