We’ve gathered some tips for you and your family enjoy your lazy Saturday even more the next time you get the chance. Think blueberry eyes and maple syrup smiles. You have permission to get in touch with your silliness as you experiment with new flavors and textures. Here’s to connecting with your inner creativity in the kitchen.
Create Custom Shapes
To make fun shapes, add a little water to your pancake batter and pour it into squeeze bottles first.
Make the outline of your pancake art first, and then fill it in.
Tip: For an easier way to shape your flapjacks, cook them the traditional style, and then cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
To create detailed art with the squeeze bottle: first put down the layer that you want to appear darker.
For example, for a smiley face you’ll draw the dots, the smiles and the outside circle, and let that cook a little bit. Then fill in the rest of the shape and flip when ready. You can experiment with as many color levels as you want.
Switch up Your Sweet Stacks
1. Add Fruit
Seasonal fruits ranging from berries to thinly sliced apples make great additions to pancake batter, as do bananas. Dried fruit, such as raisins, currants or cherries also make for excellent fruit-filled flapjacks.
2. Get Your Chocolate Fix
Swirl a handful or two of bittersweet chocolate chips into the batter for a little breakfast indulgence.
3. Make it Zesty
Even a hint of fresh citrus zest can add big flavor to a batch of pancakes. For a citrusy kick, add 1-2 tablespoons of zest from a lemon, orange, lime or specialty citrus.
4. Go Nuts
5. Sub Your Syrup
Whether you’re out of maple syrup or just want to try something new, a little bit of fruit compote can add lots of seasonal flavor to pancakes.
Recipe for a delicious fruit compote:
Combine 2 cups raspberries with 1/4 cup honey or sugar, 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of lemon zest and a pinch of salt. Bring mixture to a gentle boil and cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, stirring often. Cool for 5 minutes and then spoon over warm pancakes. Or, buy some real fruit preserves to do the trick.
6. Better Butter
Herb-infused butter can add a savory edge to typically sweet pancakes. Try adding fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme or basil to melted butter. Strain and cool, and you’ll add a new taste to your sweet stack.