April 11, 2012

Avateur Breakfast... Cake.

What happens when I let my erratic cravings get the best of me?
And just how fine is that line between genius and insanity?

Everyone likes pineapple upside-down cake, right? It's one of those foods that take you back to your childhood and warms your heart. One that, no matter how fancy the restaurant or how gourmet the ingredients, only tastes RIGHT when your mom makes it and you're eating at home with your family.

So what happens when you're craving THAT cake, and you live alone.. 4 hours away from the only cook that makes it the way you like?

You suck it up.

Or so I told myself.

My favourite dessert to make for myself is apple crisp. It's so simple and I can tailor the amounts easily to get the perfect single serving. Not to mention how obsessed I am with everything containing apples and cinnamon. They're my go-to oatmeal mix-ins. They're the snack I take along with me when I anticipate a long wait while running errands. They are the epitome of a PERFECT flavour combination.

So, to recap. I really like my mom's pineapple-upside down cake. I really, really like apples and cinnamon.


This morning I woke up at 3am and could not go back to sleep. Insomnia looked me in the eye and laughed. Hard. And for 2 hours I lay in bed staring at the ceiling and all I could think about was cake.

I think I have a problem. One should not be dreaming about cake at 4 in the morning.

At 5am I conceded defeat to insomnia and decided to go ahead and get my day started. My usual weekday breakfast options are pancakes (no, not from scratch. I said weekday, right?), apple-cinnamon oatmeal, or granola and greek yogurt with fruit.

So there I was at 5am, staring into my pantry at the box of oats and the packages of pancake mix trying to decide what to make, and all I could think of STILL... Cake.

I'm not too sure what happened next.. can't really explain what my thought process was at this point.  I had 3 hours of sleep followed by 3 hours of desperate cravings, I.do.not.know.
The oven was lit. I had butter melting in the bottom of a baking pan. I had a cutting board out with 2 small gala apples cored and sliced. Pancake batter was sitting in a bowl nearby.

Let me just pause here to actually tell you what the final product was.
Apple Cinnamon Upside-Down Baked Oatmeal Pancake
Maple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Drizzle.

There is no explanation. I have no idea where it came from. But here's how I did it:

I preheated my oven to 350F and melted 3 tablespoons of butter in a 9" square baking pan. While the oven preheated, I prepared the pancake mix according to the package, then added half a cup of rolled oats. I cored and thinly sliced 2 small gala apples. Once the butter was melted, I sprinkled 3 tablespoons of brown sugar over the bottom of the pan, followed by 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. I arranged the apple slices on top of the cinnamon and sugar, then poured the oatmeal pancake batter into the pan.

While the pancake was in the oven, I mixed 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and a tablespoon of maple syrup into half a cup of plain greek yogurt,

The pancake took approximately 10-15 minutes to bake. I waited 5 minutes after it was out the oven to flip it onto a plate.

Apple Cinnamon Upside-Down Baked Oatmeal Pancake

I went a bit overboard with my yogurt 'drizzle'. It was really yummy, couldn't help it. I intentionally didn't mix the maple syrup all the way in, I like how the swirls look :)