Jam Pancakes Flamed With Kirsch
- 1 cup cherry preserves
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon kirsch (clear cherry brandy)
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup whole milk plus
- 1 tablespoon whole milk
- 1/2 cup water plus
- 1 tablespoon water
- 3 tablespoons corn oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/4 cup sugar plus
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 tablespoons kirsch plus
- 1/3 cup kirsch
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- Additional corn oil
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter - (1/2 stick) melted
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds toasted
For Filling: Mix preserves, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon kirsch in small bowl.
For Pancakes: Combine first 7 ingredients, 1/4 cup sugar, and 3 tablespoons kirsch in blender. Blend until smooth. Add flour and blend until smooth. Let batter stand 1 hour.
Stir batter to blend. Lightly brush 7- to 8-inch-diameter nonstick skillet with oil; heat over medium heat. Using 3 tablespoons batter for each pancake, add batter to skillet and quickly tilt pan to coat bottom completely (pancake will be thin). Cook pancake until light golden on bottom, about 30 seconds. Turn pancake over and cook until bottom is pale golden, about 20 seconds. Transfer to plate. Repeat with remaining batter, brushing skillet lightly with oil before cooking each pancake and stacking pancakes on plate between sheets of waxed paper.
Butter 13- by 9- by 2-inch broilerproof baking dish. Place 1 pancake on work surface, pale-side up. Spread scant 2 tablespoons filling over half of pancake. Fold other half of pancake over filling, then fold in half again, forming triangle. Repeat with 7 more pancakes and remaining filling. Arrange pancakes in prepared baking dish. (Can be prepared 6 hours ahead. Cover tightly and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before continuing.)
Preheat broiler. Drizzle melted butter over pancakes; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Broil just until edges of pancakes are brown, about 2 minutes.
Warm remaining 1/3 cup kirsch in small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat. Using long match, carefully ignite kirsch; pour over pancakes. Divide pancakes among 4 plates. Sprinkle with almonds and serve.
This recipe yields 4 servings.
What to drink: Georg Breuer 1999 Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Rüdesheim Berg Rottland.