Ten Ways to Make Ordinary Pancakes Extraordinary
#1. Put fruit in them. Of course, you can add blueberries—just don’t stir them too much or your batter will turn blue. Or mash a couple bananas and mix them into the batter. Grate some apples and add those. Chopped peaches or whole raspberries work. Just adjust the liquid in the instructions as needed.
#2. Put fruit on them. It’s even better to put fruit on them. Sliced peaches or strawberries are prefect. So are a handful of berries. Any soft fruit will work.
#3. Top them with whipped cream. Whipped cream and fruit on pancakes is delightful but just whipped cream and syrup is great too. But make it flavored whipped cream. Caramel whipped cream is my favorite.
#4. Add Bavarian cream. It’s common to use Bavarian cream with crepes; why not with pancakes? Just spread this luscious cream filling between the pancakes before drizzling the syrup.
#5. Add nuts. Merri Ann, my wife, routinely adds chopped pecans to her pancakes. She pours the batter on the griddle and then sprinkles nuts over the batter. When she turns the pancakes, the nuts get toasted. Easy.
#6. Make stuffed pancakes. My daughter, Debbie, does this regularly. She traps pastry filling in folded pancakes. Think empanadas on the griddle. See how to make stuffed pancakes.
#8. Add peach melba to your pancakes. Since it’s almost peach season, consider this luscious peach topping. Peach melba is a combination of peaches and raspberries with a splash of vanilla. The recipe follows. Top it with a dollop of whipped cream.
#9. Add cinnamon chips to your pancakes. Cinnamon chips make most pancakes better. If you want them extra-cinnamony, add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon too.
#10. Add baking chips to your pancakes. The pancake houses sell pancakes with chocolate chips added. You can do the same. Mini chips, so that you get chocolate in every bite, work better than full-sized chips. We sell a chocolate chip pancake mix.
You can also use raspberry, blueberry, or strawberry baking chips. Raspberry is my favorite. The chips melt for a splash of color and flavor and make terrific pancakes.
The Prepared Pantry offers 23 kinds of pancake mixes and 26 kinds of pancake syrups.
Peach Melba Recipe
This also makes a great ice cream topping.
2 1/2 cups fresh peach slices
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup fresh or individually frozen raspberries
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- In a medium saucepan, mix the sugar and cornstarch together. Add the water.
- Cook over medium heat until the mixture has thickened and translucent. Add more water if necessary to get a thick sauce.
- Add the peaches, raspberries, and vanilla to the saucepan. Stir until combined. Serve warm.
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