Green Onion Pancakes

This is yet another dish I seldom order when eating out at a Chinese restaurant. Not that they don’t get it right. Most places make acceptable pancakes. It’s hard to totally botch them. They are pretty easy to make. However, a lot of restaurants fry them in a ton of oil and the appetizer end up greasy. Not good. So I make it at home. Usually though, I make it with leftover dough, such as from making dumplings. There are many things that can be done with a piece of leftover dough. It’s a marvelous thing.

Dumpling dough is very lean, made with simply water and flour. It makes a good, chewy base for the pancakes. Use plenty of fresh green onions. Take care not to over salt and add too much oil, or you’d have hell with the rolling process.

I find these addictive and will nimble on it all day. It is best when it’s warm and crisp. Nimble nimble…there goes my waistline.

Green Onion Pancakes

Leftover lean dough, unleavened, if that is unavailable:
Mix 2 cups of flour with about 2/3 cup of cold water slowly, adding more flour or water as needed to make a malleable, slightly sticky dough. Knead 2-3 minutes. Let rest for at least 20 minutes.
1/2 cup chopped green onions, use more if you wish
2 Tbsp. oil
salt to taste
oil for frying (3-4 Tbsp.)

Roll out the dough into a large circle 1/4 inch. Sprinkle with oil, salt, and green onions. Roll up like you would cinnamon bun dough. Seal both sides. Cut into 2 inch segments. Twist and pinch to close each open end of each piece. Make sure it’s closed well. Roll out each piece. Flour your work space as needed. If the green onions burst out of the dough, it’s okay, just keep rolling.

Heat a frying pan with 1 Tbsp. oil until hot. Maintain the heat at medium. Fry each pancake 2-3 minutes on each side, or until browned. Add more oil as needed, one tablespoon at a time. Nibble away!


Cloud Nine Bread

I love low effort, high quality when it comes to cooking. I also love bread. I have this whole theory that bread is all you need in life. I mean, Jesus said that “this is my body, and this is my blood” right? He was referring to bread and wine. What else do you want? Bread, to me at least (and I suppose I’m a bit of a nut case when it comes to good bread), symbolizes love, faith, and happiness in life. Think about it, you bake bread for people you love, I definitely put a lot of love in my loaf. And the people who eat the bread you bake, have faith in you that you will do it again.

And you will. At least, you will with this one.

Back to that low effort, high quality thought. This bread is called Cloud Nine Bread for a reason. A bite of it sent my happiness through the roof. I told you bread has everything to do with happiness right? All you need in life is bread…some butter doesn’t hurt either. 😉

This bread is light, fluffy, soft, and moist. Perfect for snacking, sandwiches, or toast. Look at that crumb!

Now, go to your kitchen, simply mix, pour, watch a little TV, bake, and bee happy! (No kneading involved) No I didn’t misspell “be,” that’s just the way it is. In my book that is. 😀

Cloud Nine Bread
(makes one 9 x 5 loaf)

4 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp. instant yeast, or 1 packet
2 1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 cups milk, warm
5 Tbsp. melted butter, or oil

In a large bowl, mix the milk and the yeast, let stand for about 3 minutes to dissolve. Add everything else and give it a good mix. Do it for a few minutes. The batter will be thick and hard to pour. Dump the mess into a well-greased loaf pan. Let rise for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until puffy and doubled.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes, or until well browned and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
Let cool, slice, slather with butter, and ascend to cloud nine. 😀