I'm not usually a big fan of pancakes, but I am a big fan of whole grains. Whole wheat flour with a little roughly ground oats thrown in makes fluffy, tasty pancakes. Tart roasted rhubarb compote is a lovely alternative to pure maple syrup.
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There are days when I make myself tropical sweets and pretend I'm somewhere warm. And there are days when I give in and say, hey, it's still comfort food season, pass the pancakes. This was one of those days.
Until I make Pancake Tuesday races an official part of America's traditions—my new life goal—I'll have to make due with eating a giant plate of pancakes and practicing my flip. Here are 10 great recipes for the task.
According to Wikipedia, and seconded by some photo I saw in US Weekly last year starring Kate Middleton—note to self: renew subscription to The Economist—people in other countries still celebrate the day before Lent as Pancake Tuesday. I decided to marry traditions and make a stack of fluffy chocolate pancakes topped with a sweet, roasted banana sauce.
Instead of lying flat, these Danish pancakes are more like pancake pockets—fluffy, light-as-air rounds of dough that can be filled with everything from fruit preserves to Nutella to cheese.
Abu Ashraf's small, homey shop, famous for his qatayef—those would be tiny folded pancakes—is the sort of place you'll see written up in guidebooks and articles and TV specials. (And, hey, food-lovin' websites.) But it's pretty clear why this incredibly telegenic man gets the press he does. I'm a sucker for anything sweet and salty, and his goat cheese pancakes were some of the best sweets I ate in Israel.
Rich whole-milk ricotta and lemon zest are lightened by meringue to produce a pancake that is tangy, fluffy, not-too-sweet, and satisfying. This recipe from Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors is simple enough to make every day.
What did we love this week? Not only your pancake recipes, but how easily they are tailored for summer (hello, fresh raspberries!).
Fresh apricots are like the slightly tarter cousins of peaches, but similarly rosy, fuzzy, and up for a little boozing. And when is it more fun to booze than breakfast?
This year Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday. Instead of treating your sweetie to a fancy (and expensive) restaurant dinner, why not prepare a romantic breakfast in bed? My ideal meal would consist of champagne, strawberries, and Vosges's new Mo's Bacon Chocolate Chip Pancakes. At $12, the mix is far more expensive than your average box of Aunt Jemima, but trust me: it's worth every penny.
The easiest pancake mix on the market right now is Bisquick's Shake 'n Pour ($1.99). All you need to do is add 2/3 cup of water to the carton, shake vigorously, and then pour the batter into a hot skillet. No eggs, no buttermilk, no baking powder. How simple is that?