Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pancake Review and FoodBuzz

So, I've been meaning to do this post for a while - because I actually made these pancakes sometime in August! I just re-discovered the pictures on my camera.

In this post I will be reviewing a product - the Barefoot Contessa favorite pancake and waffle mix! I feel like I have to do this now because I just joined FoodBuzz (see the ad and badge in the sidebar!!) and I don't wan this getting confused with any of the reviews I may be asked to do through the foodbuzz tastemaker program.

For the purpose of transparency, I want to make it clear that I have not been compensated at all by the good people at the Barefoot Contessa...they didn't even give me the mix. I received it as a gift from some yankee swap or something - and it had been sitting in my pantry ever since!

Rafe's last day in Boston was a sad one - but I thought it would be best to send him off with a special and hearty breakfast. I had a crazy abundance of blueberries, so I thought that Ina Garten plus blueberries must equal delicious...no? So I got set to make his special breakfast.

I used the mix to make pancakes, and it was very easy - I followed the directions exactly on the container. I chose to add the blueberries as the pancakes were on the griddle-- i don't like adding blueberries to the batter, because I find that I end up with purple pancakes....

The pancakes cooked up very well. The were fluffy inside, but also got a slightly crisp edge, which I really like on a pancake (I also griddled them in just the tiniest bit of butter). There was a mild malt flavor, which I really like in my pancakes. It makes them taste like the pancakes I used to get at the diner in my hometown. Very authentic!

I served the pancakes with a healthy dose of real maple syrup. I really love how these turned out and I would certainly try the mix again...but it is pricey, so I think it would remain a special occasion breakfast. I understand that Ina Garten has several pancake mixes, and I would certainly be interested in trying some other flavors as well. I really love that Barefoot Contessa...


  1. I love the Barefoot Contessa too. I haven't tried any of her pancakes though. I really appreciate your transparency. I hate when I can't tell whether a blogger received something for free. And congrats on joining the featured publisher program. It's really great! You'll love it!

  2. Same here! I always wonder if someone is getting paid to mention a brand, or if they're being honest. In the long run I think its better for the companies when bloggers come clean about whether they got an item for free/were compensated.