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I wish this paper was scratch and sniff so you can get a true sense of how amazing this smells. – Paul Pickett Photo
I wish this paper was scratch and sniff so you can get a true sense of how amazing this smells. – Paul Pickett Photo - Contributed

Do you know what I love? Pancakes. They are also known as hotcake, griddlecakes or flapjacks. A meal that suits any time of the day — morning, noon and night. Oh yes! It’s a breakfast, lunch or supper time meal foodie friends.
 

“Waffles are just pancakes with abs.” – Unknown

A peaches and cream topping is best when the peaches are caramelized in a skillet with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.
A peaches and cream topping is best when the peaches are caramelized in a skillet with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.

 

Why do I love pancakes? You can make sweet or savory pancakes, put all sorts of goodies inside, or top them with all sorts of deliciousness. Syrup is the quick go to topping but why limit yourself to just syrup? I mean seriously, how boring. Sorry to the folks who enjoy plain pancakes – but there’s so much you can do to enhance the flavor of your beloved pancakes.

The best of both worlds! The sweetness of fruit paired with the saltiness of bacon is the perfect combination for your indecisive taste buds.
The best of both worlds! The sweetness of fruit paired with the saltiness of bacon is the perfect combination for your indecisive taste buds.

Take it for what it’s worth but Wikipedia says, “Archaeological evidence suggests that pancakes were probably the earliest and most widespread cereal food eaten in prehistoric societies.” Kind of makes sense though. A fried flour or potato mixture is a simple but effective recipe for back in the day.

Isn’t this bunny pancake the cutest? Having fun with food is always a draw for kiddies.
Isn’t this bunny pancake the cutest? Having fun with food is always a draw for kiddies.

There are so many ways to prepare pancakes. There’s the good ol’ standard, Aunt Jemima. Not that there’s anything wrong with boxed pancakes, but why not try to expand your pancake world by making them from scratch using buckwheat flour, oatmeal, or using buttermilk instead of milk which gives your pancakes a tart flavor.

What do you put in your pancakes? No, I’m not asking about the coins or buttons you put in for Shrove Tuesday, rather, I’m asking about edible additions. My go-to is chocolate chips – love, love, love using an abundance of chocolate chips. When the chocolate chip pancakes are plated, I’ll also spread peanut butter on top, just like a piece of toast — and smother it in maple syrup. Oh my dear heavens it is so delicious! I have also used blueberries and chopped up apple pieces. You can also put a cooked slice of bacon on the pan and add your batter or add diced ham and cheese to the batter.


“Everything can have drama if it’s done right. Even a pancake.” – Julia Child

I often make a huge batch of pancakes on the weekend, save the leftovers and freeze them individually for a later date. When I get a hankering for one, or two — oh darn, I may as well be truthful — three pancakes — I’ll take them out and pop them in the toaster. Not only does a toaster heat them up, it adds that little bit of crispiness on the outside.

This is the number two favourite mixture I was telling you about. No more words needed.
This is the number two favourite mixture I was telling you about. No more words needed.

I don’t know about you but I love fluffy pancakes. The trick? Well, maybe it’s not a new one, but if you didn’t know, let the batter stand for about 10-15 minutes to rise before scooping it onto the frying pan. I cook my pancakes on a low to medium heat with a healthy dollop of butter to give it a lovely golden brown coloring.

Don’t limit yourself to frying your pancakes either. Have you ever made pancake muffins? Simply put your mixture in the muffin pan as you would regular muffins, add your choice of toppings and bake them in the oven. Pancake muffins are also great to freeze and pop out when needed.

I’m going to share my favourite topping choices with you. Number one: Cut up strawberries, blueberries, banana, sprinkled with homemade bacon pieces and top if off with a dollop of whipped cream and drizzled syrup. It’s the perfect blend of salty and sweet. Number 2: The deliciously, sweet marinated mixture of banana pieces, vanilla, syrup and pecans. I’ll make the topping before the batter to let it sit about 20 minutes to let all the flavors blend together.
 

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can eat pancakes and that’s kinda the same thing.” – Unknown

Pancakes are great for the kiddies. They love getting involved in the process of making them by either mixing up the batter, picking out the ingredients or putting the toppings on. Given Easter is next weekend – how about making bunny pancakes? They’re super simple. Make one big pancake for the body followed by two small pancakes for their hind legs. Top it off with whipped cream for the tail, banana pieces and chocolate chips for the paws.
It’s not hard to tell what I’ll be making for either lunch or supper today. You guessed it – pancakes! Why? Because they’re definitely fit to eat.

Erin Sulley is a self-confessed foodie who lives in Mount Pearl. Email erinmsulley@gmail.comTwitter: @ErinSulley Instagram: @erinsulley

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