Monday, August 29, 2011

Pancake Crazy

We've been on a pancake craze around here lately. Or at least I have. Our weeks have been so crazy busy that it's nice to be able to sleep in on Saturday and start the day with a fun breakfast. It's pretty traditional in American to have pancakes or waffles for breakfast and not for desert as may be the case here in Australia.

Which means I've officially stunned my mother-in-law more then once when I've greeted her with a plate of hot pancakes on New Year's Day. It also means we have pancakes now and again on the weekends as well, more "again" lately then not.

I decided to experiment a bit with our traditional pancake recipe and see what goodies we could add to the batter to come up with different combinations. Here's what we've tried so far:

Old Fashioned Pancake Recipe
3/4 c white unbleached flour
3/4 c wholemeal/wheat flour
1 t salt
3 1/2 t baking powder
1 T xylitol, coconut sugar, or sugar
1 1/4 c milk, coconut milk, or a combo of both
1 egg
3 T butter, melted, or coconut oil, melted, or sour cream, melted, or any combo

Mix dry ingredients together in one bowl; mix wet ingredients together in another bowl. Pour wet ingredients into a well in the dry ingredients and stir to combine. I usually use a wire whip and give them a good mix up. Batter may seem runny, but will thicken. Cook on a hot griddle/pan flipping over once bubbles start forming on the surface of the pancake. Cook on the other side for a minute or two before removing from the pan.

I normally use Xylitol, milk, and coconut oil. But have used all combos of the substitutions listed above with no problems.

Apple Raisin Pancakes 
{aka Franklin The Turtle's Fly Pancakes}

1 Recipe Old fashioned Pancakes
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1 T mixed peel, finely chopped {I just pick up a container from the shop and chop my tablespoon a bit finer before adding it to the bowl}
1/3 c raisins/sultanas, chopped {I chop my raisins/sultanas before adding to the bowl}
3/4 - 1 c shredded apple; roughly 3 medium apples, peeled & shredded

Mix dry ingredients to Old Fashioned Pancake recipe in a bowl adding the cinnamon as well. Chop peel and raisins and dust lightly with coconut sugar, mix them up. I usually do this with my hands right on the cutting board because I find it keeps them from sticking together when I throw them in the batter! Toss the mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients and work them through with your fingers.

Peel & shred the apples and then add them to the dry ingredients. Work them into the flour with your hands separating them as they go. Coating them with the flower will keep them from clumping together when you add the wet ingredients.

Mix together wet ingredients from Old Fashioned Pancake recipe; add to pancake mixture as normal. Heat pan & lightly oil. Drop mixture on by 1/4 c and cook as normal.

We topped ours with the "normal" which generally means maple syrup. All though they'd be great with warm applesauce too! Mr S prefers his with strawberry syrup or whipped cream, but that's how he eats all pancakes because he doesn't like maple syrup.

Carrot Cake Pancakes
1 recipe Old Fashioned Pancakes
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 c VERY WELL drained crushed pinapple
1.5 oz. sultanas/raisins, chopped
3/4 c finely grated carrot

Mix dry ingredients from Old Fashioned Pancakes with the 1/2 t. cinnamon in a large bowl. Chop raisins and sprinkle lightly with coconut sugar mixing them up with your fingers right on the cutting board. Add to dry mix and work in with your fingers. Mix up wet ingredients from Old Fashioned Pancake Mix; add peeled & grated carrot as well as pineapple. Mix into dry ingredients. Cook as normal.

Tip: To get the pineapple really well trained I measured out what I needed into a tea towel and squeezed the life out of it! You could also use cheesecloth or paper towel if you had it on hand.

We enjoyed these topped with maple syrup; except for those who topped them with whipped cream. I think they would have been great topped with bananas, but those are currently too expensive to be bothered buying!

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
1 recipe Old Fashioned Pancakes
1/4 c butter, melted
3/4 c xylitol
1 T cinnamon

Mix pancakes up as you would for Old Fashioned Pancakes. Mix the remaining three ingredients together and put in a squeeze bottle or ziplock baggie with the tip snipped off.  Pour a pancake on your hot pan and pipe a cinnamon swirl onto the pancake. Flip when you would normally and finish cooking.

These pancakes are a bit tricky because many natural sweeteners melt quickly and don't harden back up as quickly as sugar does. Coconut sugar would be a mess with this recipe as it melts very easily and burns pretty quickly too. I'd love to try it with maple sugar, but I can't seem to get any around here. I'd also like to try this recipe again with cinnamon honey, but again honey melts really easy.

We topped these with a homemade icing, all though some of us found the icing too sweet and liked the pancakes just as they were.  The icing recipe is: 2 T butter, 4 oz cream cheese, 1/4 t of stevia, 2 T of maple syrup {Mr S never knew..}, 1/2 t vanilla. Melt the butter and cream cheese on the stove top in a small sauce pan. Add the sweeteners and vanilla. Spoon on top of pancakes. You might want to taste this as you go along and adjust sweetener{s} as needed.

These pancakes are not for the weak! There are several recipes out there for them and we just adapted them for our own needs.

Cherry Pancakes
1 Recipe Old Fashioned Pancakes
pitted, quartered sweet cherries

Mix pancakes as normal. When cooking scatter a few cherry quarters on the uncooked top of the pancake before slipping. The sooner you drop the cherries on the better they "stick" in the batter before flipping.

These were topped with the "normal" toppings: Maple Syrup or Whipped cream. Personally I think a nice cherry sauce would have been good. Recipe: 1 c of fresh or frozen cherries, pitted, 1/2 c coconut sugar {you could also use 1/2 t stevia & 2 T honey or Maple syrup}, 1 T of water if using fresh cherries. Cook on the stovetop in a sauce pan smashing cherries down as it cooks. Continue cooking until cherries are smashed and mixture is thick and syrup like. Unfortunately I'd used all the cherries in the pancakes!

Next up I'd really like to try:
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Pizza Pancakes {because frankly one can never have enough pizza!}
Lemon Poppy Seed pancakes
Cheesecake pancakes {Morgan goes ga-ga for cheesecake!}

So far the guys are all firmly against the thought of pizza pancakes, so I'll most likely have to make them for a snack or with the chocolate chip pancakes. Because, let's be honest you can win them over on just about anything with chocolate in it!


Butterfly said...

Mmmmmm .... a tasty selection!!! Thanks for the recipes.

I had a pancake phase, when I was once responsible for only myself, during which I had them for breakfast and dinner many times a week (it was at a time when I needed to gain weight ... I can't remember if it worked but expect it would!)

We still love pancakes here, for breakfast and have them once a week or so. Our secret ingredient is a dash of shizzy (mineral water). Lemonade or Cola will do if that's all that's on hand.

Of my experimental varieties, my favourite is a thin but fluffy (almost crepe) pancake with slivered almonds and maple syrup. Healthier and still yummy are apple gluten free & dairy free pancakes, sunshine pancakes (savoury pancake made with mashed potato, sweet potato & pumpkin) and unmeasured lucky-dip pancakes made with leftover porridge (just add guessed amounts of flour, milk, eggs, bicarb soda and a tbsp brown sugar).

Yummo :)

The Zookeeper said...

Those sound wonderful Kendra! Here is a recipe that I am dying to try for the Cheesecake Pancakes. I would be a perfect fit with Morgan cause I LOVE me some cheesecake too!!