Debbie heard that one of the pancake houses in Idaho Falls was serving stuffed pancakes.   Intrigued, she checked it out.  They were simply putting pastry filling between two pancakes.  “I can do better than that,” she thought.

After a morning in the test kitchen, she was making cute little pancake turnovers with raspberry or other fruit fillings inside.

 

Step by Step:  How to Make Stuffed Pancakes

  1. Prepare the pancake batter from your favorite recipe or mix. It works best if the batter is a little thin.
  2. Preheat a skillet or griddle by melting a little butter over medium heat.  To assure that your pancakes cook all the way through, you’ll want the heat a little lower than for other pancakes.
  3. Pour an evenly round circle of pancake batter on the skillet.
  4. Let it cook until little bubbles form, then pop, and the indentations stay on the batter.
  5. Spoon a small amount of pastry filling on half of the pancake, making sure not to get too close to the edges and not to overfill it. A little goes a long way and it will press and spread as you fold over the pancake.
  6. Fold the uncooked pancake over the filling. The edge of raw batter on the top half should touch the raw batter edge on the other when folded.  It will continue to cook and seal itself on the griddle.
  7. Put on a lid over the pancake to help it cook through. Flip as needed to keep the browning even.  Let it cook until all the batter looks cooked through.

To serve, dust the pancake with powdered sugar, pour on a little fruit pancake syrup, and top them with whipped cream.

What You’ll Need

You can use any pancake batter you choose.  In the picture at the top is a Raspberry Sour Cream Pancake with Raspberry Pastry Filling and Pioneer Valley Gourmet Raspberry Syrup.  We have dozens of pancake mixes to try.  Pair them with the pastry fillings of your choice.  Choose either a fruit syrup or a cream syrup.

If you like, you can top your pancakes with flavored whipped cream.

To make banana whipped cream, add banana flavor and a touch of cinnamon.

For raspberry whipped cream, add raspberry flavor and an ounce of cream cheese for every one cup of whipping cream.  Cream the sugar and cream cheese together before adding the whipping cream.

The whipped cream we use the most is caramel whipped cream.  Use brown sugar instead of granulated and caramel flavor instead of vanilla.  Or buy the caramel whipped cream mix packets with the flavors, sweeteners, and stabilizers in the packet.

 

Cinnamon Banana Cream Pancakes

We made cinnamon banana cream pancakes with our cinnamon chip pancake mix, but you can use a regular buttermilk mix and add your own cinnamon chips. For the filling, we squeezed a few tablespoons of Bavarian Cream Filling, and put on a few thinly-sliced fresh bananas. This recipe goes especially well with Cinnamon Cream Syrup,.

Berry Cream Pancakes

For berry cream pancakes, you can use any kind of berry mix. We used raspberry, but you can also use blueberry, strawberry, or mountain berry. You could also use a buttermilk mix and just add your own fresh berries to the batter. For the filling, we used Bavarian cream filling, and raspberry filling. It created a luscious, creamy filling that paired especially well with red raspberry syrup. We sprinkled a little powdered sugar over the top, and served ours with fresh raspberries.

Instead of raspberry filling, however, you could just as easily use blueberry filling and Bavarian cream filling swirled together. You could also try any type of fresh berries such as strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries with just Bavarian cream. The possibilities are nearly endless.

Pancakes in Paradise

These pancakes will have you singing Aloha and dreaming of sandy white beaches. We used our Sweet Hawaiian Pancake mix that is loaded with island flavors like orange, mango, and pineapple chunks. For the filling, we squirted a few tablespoons of Bavarian cream filling and sliced fresh mangoes. We topped them with mangoes and bananas and doused the whole thing in coconut cream syrup. Pour yourself a glass of orange juice, and if you’re not careful, you’ll think you’re in Hawaii.

Combinations to Try: