A year in which turmeric is the most popular food cannot be a good year. Sure, it can be called a healthy food year, but where is the joy and fantasy in it?
So how can we cheer up? With the good old classics we all love. Who wants pancakes? The all-American dish that all generations adore. They are so easy to make and can be transformed into a truly lavish dessert, which is the purpose of this list.
The most important feature of this sweet treat is its multi functionality – light and decadent at the same time, it can be served as a breakfast or a dessert. The examples that follow won’t shame you even if you include a stack of them on your New Year’s Eve Party table.
The problem is, where to start from?
#1 Pancake Dippers
We’ll start small by preparing dippers. I have three suggestions and they all involve a standard batter.
For the first one, add a cup of chocolate chips into the batter and pour into muffin tins, or mini muffin cups (cute!) to bake. Bake for 10 minutes.
The second involves bacon slices.Dredge each bacon half-slice in pancake batter using thongs. Cook the usual way.
The third is fruity, with apple slices coated in batter and cooked. Then, they are tossed in a bowl filled with cinnamon sugar.
All dippers are served warm with maple syrup on the side.
#2 Elizabeth Taylor Pancakes
Now let’s go big! While the world was eating turmeric and its likes, I discovered this recipe:Violet Pancakes with Edible Diamonds and an Edible Chocolate Dipped Orchid.
To obtain the violet hue that resembles the actress’s eyes, add purple food coloring into the batter (or mix blue and red until you get the desired shade). With this stack, it’s all about the decoration: sparkly, faceted edible diamonds to honor Ms. Taylor’s passion for real diamonds, and an edible orchid dipped in melted white chocolate. Don’t forget the drizzle of chocolate syrup.
#3 Lavender Pancakes
Another memorable culinary discovery in 2016 for me was lavender. If you like the beautiful lavender scent, this one is for you. Dried lavender makes can be added to sugar or honey to prepare- lavender sugar and lavender honey. You can add the buds into the batter or use them to decorate your stack.
And hear the title of this recipe: Candied Blueberry, Rose Petal, and Lavender Pancake recipe. The pancake recipes are standard, but the topping is what will blow your mind.
To candy the organic rose petals and the blueberries, line a baking sheet with wax paper. Dip each petal and blueberry in a beaten egg white and theninfine sugar. Let them dry on the wax paper. Place on top of the stack, sprinkle dried lavender buds and powdered sugar.
#4 Chocolate and Mocha Pancake Recipe
Chocolate pancakes rule, but the Mocha-cocoa powder syrup is what takes them over the top (I am sure they are perfectly tasty without it, but why deprive yourself of a completely decadent satisfaction?) The recipe calls for 1 1/2 tbsp. espresso powder and ½ cup of chocolate chips into the batter. This syrup is then poured over the stack sprinkled with some more chocolate chips (Watch it dripping over the sides and try to restrain yourself).
Variations: Instead of chocolate chips use Reese’s buttercups on top, whereas if you are not a fan of coffee-flavored syrups, prepare a Nutella variation by simply mixing Nutella and heavy cream.
#5 Tia Maria Pancakes
If you haven’t experimented with liqueurs in your pancake recipes, the new year is a great time to start. You have no idea what you are missing on. You can choose from various liqueur flavors, from fruity to nutty, but I find that the coffee and creamy liqueurs the best for sweet treats.
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The recipe that follows is actually about pancakes INTia Maria liqueur. Tia Maria is a dark liqueur originally made in Jamaica, using Jamaican coffee beans, Jamaican rum, vanilla, and sugar. You will need a stack of standard pancake recipes. Heat butter in large frying pan and stir brown sugar until dissolved and bubbling. Add orange juice and 3 tablespoons of Tia Maria and boil for three minutes. Add sliced bananas and simmer for 1 minute. Fold pancakes in half and place on top of bananas. Spoon liquid over the pancakes until coated. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve with whipped cream or ice cream on top. Rich and totally unhealthy, I know!