Top 3 Delicious Pancake Recipies

Pancakes, the all American breakfast food. Across the nation people strive to perfect this simple, but delicious item. Whether by adding ingredients or changing them entirely, there are many different variations on this classic. Here we will review the top three delicious pancake recipes.

buttermilk-pancakesThe first recipe is the most basic. It is a recipe for a plain buttermilk pancake base.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsps butter melted

The dry ingredients must be mixed together in one bowl, and the wet ingredients combined in another. After stirring the contents of both bowls together, they should be poured onto a greased skillet or griddle set to 375 degrees. These should take about two minutes to cook on each side. This recipe provides enough batter to make twelve three-inch pancakes. These pancakes are perfectly light and fluffy, and for an added flair you can add blueberries to the batter while they cook.

Once you have mastered the basic pancake, you may feel the need to try something a little more adventurous. If that is the case, then cinnamon roll pancakes would be the perfect place to start. Who doesn’t enjoy a delicious cinnamon roll breakfast? For these pancakes you will need some additional ingredients:

cinnamon-filling-pancakesCinnamon Filling:

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted (not boiling)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Cream Cheese Glaze:
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2-ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the filling, simply mix the ingredients and store in a zip baggie until you need it. For the cream cheese glaze, first melt the butter and whisk in the cream cheese until smooth. Next you sift in the powdered sugar, stir it in, and then add the vanilla extract. Before cooking the pancakes, cut a small hole one of the corners of the zip bag.

To cook the pancakes, start just as you normally would. Just before flipping them, when the batter begins to bubble, swirl the cinnamon filling in a spiral pattern starting from the center of the pancake. Wait until the bubbles begin to pop, then flip. After the pancakes are done, drizzle the cream cheese glaze on top and you have a perfect cinnamon roll pancake, no syrup necessary.

For those who want a bold flavor, or if you simply want a more masculine pancake, another recipe to try is the pecan maple bacon pancake. This recipe is fairly simple, but the end result if full of flavor and, of course, bacon. Aside from the basic pancake recipe, the only extra ingredients are 6 slices of brown sugar bacon, and one half cup of pecans.

The bacon should be cooked before hand, and the pecans can be toasted if desired. Simply add pecans and bacon crumbs to the batter as it cooks on the griddle. Topped with delicious maple syrup, these pancakes will give you a great breakfast experience.

All of these pancakes have something different to offer, from sweet to savory. These pancakes are some of the best around. So if you’re hungry, try these recipes out today.

Top 4 Pancake Toppings for Breakfast

Some mornings, pancakes just beg to be a little more interesting than your average syrup and butter topped rounds of deliciousness. Maybe you just want some more recipe ideas to use with your new pancake maker. When that happens, try one of these toppings for an new spin on your breakfast.

Fruit compote

fruit-compoteGrowing up, my mother was big on preservatives, and she did all she could to make sure no two jars were never the same. Of course, this resulted in some unusual combinations of fruits and spices that were rendered pretty useless for the majority of preserved fruit applications, but once in a while one of them turned out to be the perfect fit for some unexpected meal. Case in point, pancakes.

Fruit compote can be made of almost anything you choose, but my personal favorite is wild gooseberries with just-ripe peaches. The fruits are lightly poached together with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, and then, like traditional jams, preserved in a sugar syrup (my mother loved to highlight hers with additional spices—try cayenne pepper for an unexpected kick!). The fruit compote is generously served over hot pancakes, (I like to warm mine up to soften the jelly-like consistency if it’s too thick), and it’s nothing short of delicious.

Peanut butter and bananas

peanut-butter-bananas-pancakesIf you’re a peanut butter-phile like I was throughout my entire life, you’ll love this one, and if you don’t use a highly processed variety with an excessive amount of sugar, it can actually be good for you! A half of cup of peanut butter is softened in the oven (though you can use a microwave or stovetop as well) and then drizzled over pancakes and topped with sliced bananas. Think of it as a peanut butter sandwich you can start your day with.

The combination of peanuts and bananas gives your day a huge energy burst (you can thank me later!) Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin A, and peanuts are high in protein and minerals.

Caramel and melted marshmallows

Here’s one that resulted from kitchen experiences with my siblings on weekends when my parents were away: Caramel and melted marshmallows. Preparing this topping is a sticky mess with a high dish toll, but boy is it worth it. You can use caramel ice cream topping, or melt individual caramel candies over a stove for the caramel, and while it’s still piping hot, pour over a stack of pancakes.

Roast the marshmallows like you would for s’mores, or pop them in the oven or microwave for a few minutes. When swollen and slightly brown, use a spoon to scoop them over the hot caramel and swirl the two together. Can’t say this is good for your health, but it’s certainly good for your sweet tooth.

Mint Jelly

Another favorite born from my mother’s knack from preservatives is mint jelly. It’s an unexpected topping, but it pairs very well with a cup of unsweetened green tea. Just scoop the jelly over the pancakes, top with a few sprigs of mint for a gourmet touch, and enjoy! It’s extremely delicious.

10 Fun Pancake Ideas

Here are some fun ideas to take pancakes out of the ordinary.

strawberry1. Start Healthy

Instead of using white flour, use whole wheat flour. Add in corn meal and/or oats. Adding milk also adds nutrition. For those with gluten intolerance, use one of the gluten-free flours now available on store shelves.

2. Fruit

Instead of adding sugar with maple or other pancake syrups, many of which have added ingredients, cut up a selection of fruit. Use apples, berries, bananas and other options the family enjoys. Top healthy pancakes with fruit.

pancake-star3. Shapes

No matter how good the food, kids often bulk at eating. Get them interested in eating those pancakes by creating them in interesting shapes. Use your imagination or over sized cookie shapes to create fun shapes. For example, a larger pancake represents a face. Smaller pancake rounds add ears. Create the rest of the face with fruit and nuts.

4. Cakes

Who doesn’t like cake? Stack pancakes with whipped topping between layers. Frost the entire stack with whipped topping and add cake decorations for a special “cake” pancake that draws the family–especially the children–to the table.

christmas-pancakes5. Holiday Themes

Create pancakes that reflect the holidays. Christmas pancakes can be shaped like a tree or a present. Add red and green decorations, fruit or color the batter. Sweeten a cranberry sauce and use for syrup. On Valentine’s Day create a heart and decorate with red frosting or cover with chocolate. Stripe a flag for July 4th.

6. Celebrations

Other celebrations also deserve special pancakes–anniversaries, graduations, birthdays. Create a birthday pancake with the child’s name and birthday. You can even add a real candle to the center of a deep pancake.

pancake-kids7. Kids

Kids will more likely consume what they helped prepare. Bring them into the kitchen. Get their input into what they’d like in and on their pancakes. Show them how to make them.

8. Educate

Some kids have a rough time learning the basics. Make learning fun by creating pancakes in letter or number shapes. Show them how to make words with the pancakes. You can also draw shapes, letters or numbers on the pancakes with raisins, fruit or nuts.

peanut-butter-pancakes9. More than Breakfast

Add a filling, like peanut butter, to a pancake. Roll it up and add it to a lunch box for a nutritious mid-day meal.

10. Dessert

Create small pancakes and top them with frosting and candy. Use as a dessert.