This week we finally get around to watching this summer’s Thor, and we made a Dutch Puffed Apple Pancake to go with it.
Dutch Puffed Apple Pancake
1/4 c butter
1 Granny Smith apple, cored, peeled and sliced thinly
1/2 c chopped walnuts
1 c milk
2/3 c AP flour
2 T sugar
1 t vanilla extract
1/4 t cinnamon
1/8 t salt
1/2 c sweetened dried cranberries
3 T brown sugar, packed
- Spread butter in a 9″ glass pie plate; arrange apple slices and nuts over butter.
- Bake at 425F until apples begin to soften and walnuts are lightly toasted, abut 5 minutes.
- Beat together eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed.
- Stir in cranberries.
- Remove pie plate from oven; spray inside edges with nonstick spray. Pour batter over apples and walnuts; sprinkle with brown sugar.
- Bake, uncovered, at 425F until center is set and edges are puffed and golden, about 25 minutes. cut into wedges and serve immediately with maple syrup. Makes 4 servings.
Morgan’s Take: This is a recipe that I’ve had for a while that I kinda forgot about, so I’m glad that I finally got to try it out. Overall it was fairly simple to make, wasn’t complicated, and was a relatively quick fix. Flavor wise this was pretty right on. Apple, walnut and cinnamon go great together, and they didn’t disappoint here. I do think there was a bit too much butter called for though. It kind of just pooled on top of ours during cooking. We also had to tent this because the top started to get really really crispy and dark. I think the final product came out pretty good. I feel like I have nothing to really complain about with it, but for some reason I just can’t say that I loved it, and I just don’t know why.
Final Grade: B+
Andy’s Take: When Morgan first told me we were doing a “pancake” I thought, hey, I like pancakes. So when we made this, I was a bit confused as to why we were going to bake a pancake. But hey, I’m always down for new things. After it finished cooking, I was also thrown off by the texture when we brought it out; it looked like it was sorta rubbery. But it tasted pretty good, if a little plain. It could probably have used a bit more vanilla or cinnamon. It was pretty close to being really good, but it is going to take some tweaking to get just right.
Final Grade: A-
Thor is one of the many Marvel universe movies leading up to The Avengers next summer. It tells of Thor, a cocky god, who goes against his father’s wishes, declares war on an entire race of creatures, then gets banished to Earth where he’s hit by a car driven by both Kat Dennings and Natalie Portman, who are astrophysicists(???) and then Thor has to save his world by donning a flannel shirt and trying to find his hammer.
Morgan’s Take: This is a movie that I’ve wanted to see since I first heard about. I love Norse mythology and so was really excited! I’ve never read the comics or anything, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect storyline-wise. As it kept drawing closer and I started seeing more previews, I got a little anxious. It didn’t look like the fantastical awesome story involving Norse gods that I was hoping for. So I put off watching it. If I just never watched it I could keep that ideal in my head and wouldn’t have to end up being upset with the movie!
After finally seeing this, I probably should have just passed on it. I’m just gonna get the negatives out of the way. One of the things that bugged me the most was the relationship with Thor and his lady love. I can’t even remember her name, she was that unremarkable. Aside from that, there was just no fucking buildup or foundation for their apparent love for each other. At all. It was like “oh hey, I met you randomly and hit you with my car, you may also provide the answers to my life long research, but I love you so I’m going to act what I hope comes off as adorably befuddled the whole time I’m near you!” I am only thankful there was no damn sex scene.
Next up, when the Shield guy makes the call saying they found the hammer. He made it seem like they’d been searching forever and ever for it, when it actually just arrived the night before. That’s a god damn quick response time if you ask me. I know that they kinda had to put it in there cause that part was in Iron Man, but still. It irked me. And let me just get started on Thor’s little fan posse. They just reek of the typical high school good ‘ol popular kids who are actually jerks. I especially loved the part when they were all thankful that Odin saved them from the frost giants, and then they found out Loki was responsible for their asses being saved and just decide to turn on Loki suddenly and essentially call him a nark and decide he’s a bad guy. I mean, he is the bad guy, and I’m fine with that, but how they got to that conclusion just bothers the shit out of me.
One last thing before I move on, Thor is on earth for what seems like less than a week. A few days at most. Honestly not a lot happens during his time there. But apparently it’s enough for him to undergo a total change in his personality. My only explanation is that maybe being hit by his lady love with a car twice knocked something around in his brain.
Ok, I’m gonna move on to some of the positives before I let this angry mood ruin my day. I really liked the world of Asgard. I thought it was very nicely done aside from the fact that the grand hall or palace or whatever looked like a damn church organ. As for Thor, I didn’t really have a problem with the character himself. He was just kinda there, just ok.
My absolutely favorite person in the movie though was Heimdall. He was hands down the most badass of all the characters. They did a great job casting him, they made him look fantastic, and he stole every single scene he was in. I would watch a movie that was just Heimdall doing his daily job he was that interesting. The guardian robot that was sent to kill Thor was also pretty god damn cool by the way.
Overall, I was disappointed. The story was lackluster, I had a lot of issues with the characters and how they got from point A to point B. There were some good points though, but not enough to make me want to rewatch this.
Final Grade: D+
Andy’s Take: What a disappointing pile of crap. Thor had so much going for it, namely a dude that can summon lightning and kill fools with it. What we ended up with was an obvious “get it out of the way for the Avengers movie” waste of almost two hours. Morgan went on a pretty good rant above giving a pretty good summary of the crappy parts, but it cannot be overstated how horrible in every way the love subplot is. The two characters have maybe five minutes of screen time together before they’re going all googly-eyed towards each other, and by the end of the movie they have a love that spans the different realms of the universe. Give me a break.
It was obvious about halfway through the movie that the entire reason this movie was written was so that they could have an Avengers movie. They spend most of the movie dealing with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hawkeye (not the guy from MASH) even has a cameo. This just wasn’t that interesting as a stand-alone movie, which is really upsetting. The first third of the movie is set in Asgard, and that was sorta cool, but as soon as that starts picking up it goes down to Earth and instantly becomes uninteresting. There’s a giant robot that shoots fire out of his eyes, and that’s pretty cool, but if that’s all I can say then it’s pretty bad. Well, wait, both Kat Dennings and Natalie Portman are in the movie, so there’s another thumbs up.
I really hope this doesn’t reflect on the quality of the Avengers, because if so I probably won’t want to see it. Thor? More like Bhor!