Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Horchata Dutch Baby

When looking for a sweet component to my egg-centric brunch, I was lucky enough to come across Alisa's recipe for a wheat and dairy free dutch baby.  With some horchata in my fridge, my plan materialized: an horchata dutch baby with sauteed bananas and cajeta.

I followed Alisa's recipe for the dutch baby, using oat flour and vegan horchata as my milk alternative.  The recipe was easy enough, but I found it to be quite thick and heavier than the dutch babies I've had before.  (Something sounds wrong with that last sentence, but hopefully you realize I'm not eating children from the Netherlands.)  As the dutch baby is very lightly sweetened, bananas sauteed in a little coconut spread with 1-2T brown sugar and cajeta were the perfect accompaniments and a great ending to the brunch!

Horchata (Vegan)
adapted from Kelly

I was missing a couple of ingredients and apparently patience, as mine retained some texture.  I was fine with this as I was using it in cupcakes, but if you prefer a smooth drink make sure to strain it well.

3oz brown rice
2.5oz whole almonds (or blanched, if you have them)
1 cinnamon stick
1 1/4c hot tap water
1/2c evaporated cane juice (or granulated sugar)
1c almond milk
1t vanilla extract

Add rice, almonds, and cinnamon stick to a bowl.  Add hot tap water and set aside, letting it cool to room temperature.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Pour the mixture into a blender and add sugar, then blend on high for several minutes until the mixture is as smooth as possible.  Strain through a fine sieve, pressing out as much liquid as you can.  Cheesecloth works well here, if you don't mind the wait.  I was a little impatient and just strained it through a hand held strainer, which gave some heft to my horchata.  Your choice!

Add almond milk and vanilla, mix well.  Refrigerate a few hours.  Serve ice cold.

Are you a fan of the dutch baby pancake?  What's your favorite way to fill it?

This recipe was featured in my "EB Mine" menu, a brunch I hosted along with Eggland’s Best to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy diet to reduce the risk of heart disease. I have a sweet giveaway going on, where the winner will receive a swag bag full of my EB Goodies. Check out my EB Mine Brunch post to enter, today (Feb 29th) is the last day! 


Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I've never heard of horchatas before. These look really interesting!

Elizabeth said...

I never thought I would hear horchata and dutch baby in the same sentence. I love sauteed apples with dutch baby, or just some good maple syrup. I love me a frosty horchata :) (that's from an SNL skit)

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

I've never heard of horchatas either. Very intriguing!

Erica said...

So beautiful! I had a dutch baby a long time ago, but I remember really enjoying it.

In and Around Town said...

I love dutch baby! I however, never heard of horchata until the Vampire Weekend song :), but I still have not had it though!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

Haha I want to eat a dutch baby too!

Kristen said...

i had Horchata in spain. i absolutely love the stuff.

Janetha @ meals + moves said...

Yum! I loveee horchata, made some for my first time a couple weeks ago. This looks great!

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

what an interesting dish!

Joanne said...

I actually kinda like my pancakes on the dense side, so I'm sure these would be an instant favorite. I love how you horchata-ed it up! Can't go wrong with those awesome flavors.

Christina Kim said...

I've never known of horchata nor dutch baby pancake! That's what blogs do to you; they educate and fill you with information (not to mention appetizing photos)
I like the sound of it, and the wheat and dairy free part gives it the extra edge too!:D

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

I had to google what horchata is :)
Not sure if I've ever had a Dutch baby either...
You threw quite the brunch!!

Biz said...

I've never had a dutch baby or heard of horchatas before, but it looks great Shannon!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

I love dutch babies, what a great idea to make it using horchata!

vanillasugarblog said...

i think i've had this with a bavarian cream inside?
oh my memory is bad.
happy weekend ms shan!

Kerstin said...

Dutch babies are usually a little too "eggy" for me, lol, but definitely perfect for an egg centered brunch! The horchata has me intrigued - sounds so good!

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