In order to construct the most amazing start to your vacation or holiday breakfast when you are glamping, you must have a stove top, oven and cast iron pan at the ready. The entire breakfast will be cooked stove top in one cast iron pan and then kept on warm in the oven as the batches are completed. Have you seen these Coleman Outdoor Ovens?! If you are in a cabin like our Hide-Away, you will of course have a kitchen to work with, but a Canvas Glamper type glamping rental could be elevated VERY quickly with one of these small but mighty tools.
The Best Bacon Ever
...and trust me, I've tried a lot of bacon. If you are as excited about locally raised and sourced meat products as I am, then you will agree that the closer the pig was raised to your plate, the tastier the bacon...amiright?! This Winter Hill Farms bacon fits all of my requirements in smoked pork products and I highly recommend. So here's an easy but very important step to this proces; bacon comes first and you MUST SAVE THE FAT! The pancakes and eggs will fry in this delicious pork fat and you'll want to add a little of this delightful goodness to the cast iron pan between each batch.
Wild Maine Blueberry Pancakes
I have to give me dad props where they are due. The man has been many great things in his life, but a culinary master is not perhaps one of them. That said, he found a few keys dishes that he honed in on and did REALLY WELL and one of them was blueberry pancakes. I have always known that waking up on a Saturday or Sunday morning at his house means piles of hot blueberry pancakes and this is a comfort like no other. I've carried on this tradition now in my own home and my daughter has become as much of a pancake addict as I've always been and so the tradition goes...this recipe is so simple but the key is LOTS AND LOTS OF BLUEBERRIES. I don't want a single forkful to hit my mouth without a minimum of three. Also the frying in the bacon fat for that added saltiness mixed with the sweetness of the blueberries and mayple syrup is the perfect pairing. All you need for batter is 1 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 egg, 1 cup of milk, and 1 tablespoon of melted butter... mix all togehter (don't overmix...stop when incorporated) and then add your loads and loads of blueberries! We like to try all sorts of maple syrups from around Maine, however recently discovered one near the Hide-Away Cabin called HIlltop Boilers (worth a trip over if you are staying with us) and it's a really lovely quality syrup.
How to Fry an Egg
I've been told by many chefs that how a person cooks an egg is a good indication as to their overall culinary prowess. I have yet to master the scramble or the poached, however, I have to say my over-easy is close to perfection and I give most of my success to my friends, the well-seasoned cast iron skillet and bacon fat grease. I like a quick fry on both sides versus sunny-side up, however, both can be accomplished well and will marry with these pancakes deliciously when using those tools. And so you have a plate of the most amazing breakfast to kick off your day camping or glamping. This should carry you right through snack time which I hope you'll enjoy on a mountain, beach or lake in the Maine wilderness!