Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Better Than a Four-Leafed Clover

...is  a double-yolked egg.


And the puffy pear pancake* tasted all the better for it.


In all my years of buying supermarket eggs, I never saw a double-yolked 'un. But now that we get our cackleberries straight from the grower, it happens several times a year (usually when some new layers have been added to the flock).

Lucky day! :)

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*Heat oven to 425º. In small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup flour, 2 Tbsp. sugar (brown for me), 1/4 tsp. cardamom, a dash or two of nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Stir in 1/2 cup milk, cream, or milk substitute and 1/2 tsp. vanilla or almond flavouring. Add 3 eggs and whisk until smooth. Chop 1 large or 2 small ripe pears and sauté very briefly with a tablespoon or two of butter in an oven-proof skillet. (Or you can put chopped pears and butter, in a pie pan, into the heating oven and let the oven do the sautéing while you make the batter.) Remove pears from heat; sprinkle raisins over (amount is up to you). Pour batter over fruit and bake 20 minutes or until puffed and brown. Remove from oven; sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm.

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30 comments:

  1. Wonder if there is a scientific reasons for double yokes? Oh of course there must be. -grin- But I bet I like the "old wives tale" one better. :-)

    "Auntie"

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    1. I'll have to Google that one.... I'm sure meiosis or mitosis come into it somehow. :)

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  2. Oh how scrummy is that? I love getting a surprise of a double yolk, not that it happens that often! I have only ever had the misfortune of cracking open a rotten black liquid egg before...when I was a teenager and really loved baking most days!! xo Penelope

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    1. I've never had a rotten egg - guess that's a good thing! :)

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  3. I haven't seen a double yolk in years. But my sister just reported from Louisiana:

    "One more thing. How unusual is it to find 2 double-yoked eggs in a dozen? 3? 4? 5? 6? 7? 8? Well, that's just what I did. I had hard boiled some and found 3 of them there. AND this morning when I broke 3 eggs for our breakfast with a new dozen, I had all three be double-yoked. They were from the same place (Happy Hens Farm) and had the same date on the end of the carton. I took a picture - couldn't help myself - scrambled eggs could wait."

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    1. Those must be some very happy hens indeed!

      Thanks so much for commenting. :)

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  4. Yes, yes! We purchase our eggs from our local butchers and double-yolked eggs make an appearance in our cake mixing bowl several times a year now. Double whammy!

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    1. It never loses its thrill for me ... simple pleasures for simple minds I guess. ;)

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  5. The recipe sounds yummy. Living right here in the middle of fruit heaven I'll give it a try.
    I get my eggs right from an organic farm and there's at least a double-yoke in every dozen and they're almost orange.The place is called Chez Noux and the chicks have their own website... fancy that.
    Susan

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    1. Wow, that's a lot of double-yolkers! And I can just see the chicks pecking away at the keyboard.... :)

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  6. I think it was definitely good luck!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  7. You know, I've always thought of that as lucky, like a clover or a penny. So now we can only speculate what good fortune will come your way. Of course, it may well have been that plate full of food...

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    1. I think it WAS the plate of food. Very tasty indeed. :)

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  8. Has to be lucky ... more protein and twice the vitamins and minerals!

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    1. And the yolks taste so nice too. I could never eat an egg-white-only omelette? :)

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  9. Thanks for the recipe! Pancakes are a favorite of mine--'specially for supper.

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    1. You're welcome! I love breakfast for dinner. :)

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  10. Yum. This sounds delish. I don't have pears but I would bet chopped up apple or some blueberries would be so good.

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    1. Pretty much any fruit you like can be substituted for the pear - the original recipe called for apples. I've done it with nectarines, strawberries, apples - all delicious! :)

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    1. Yes!

      (Somehow Double Luck sounds like part of an Alexander McCall Smith title - "The Double Luck Cooking Club" or something of that nature.) :)

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  12. This looks and sounds delicious! Now that's a good, hearty breakfast for an autumn day! Thank you for sharing your lovely recipe.
    I guess that double-yoked eggs means twin chicks if Mrs Hen has been looking at the stars with the cockerel of the roost! I believe you call him the rooster!

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    1. We do call him the rooster - somehow I always imagined a cockerel to be a rather young rooster. Now I'll have to look it up. This blog is so good for my vocabulary. :)

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  13. A double-yolk egg is always a wonderful surprise...I haven't seen one in years! Looks dee-licious

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  14. I had a whole box (12) double-youlk eggs last week. It's a miracle. Can you imagein my surprise? ;-)

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    1. Wow, Regula! That is a miracle. What did you make with them?

      :)

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  15. I've never had one - what fun! Juliex

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