Just as all roads lead to Rome, if you read through this post, you will see that all desserts lead to pancakes. How is this possible? Well, with all the different delicious and easy pancake recipes around the web, I couldn’t help but notice all of the recipes that had the name of a classic dessert and “pancake” in their description. So, without any further ado, let’s start with the very first one.
Banana Bread Pancakes
Banana bread has been around since very early on, but it got especially popular in America in the aftermath of the Great Depression, and it has captivated the nation ever since. What came out as a necessity, is now a favorite dessert in American households.
So, I guess the idea of merging the two best-loved desserts shouldn’t come as a surprise. And, while we all enjoy a warm slice of banana bread, more often than not we find ourselves in situations when the race with time won’t allow us to spend an hour and a half in the kitchen, especially not when it is breakfast time. What to do in a hectic morning when you crave banana bread and don’t have the time to prepare it? Easy, you whip up a batch of banana bread pancakes.
To make a batch you will need the typical banana bread ingredients: eggs, flour, milk, and of course, ripe bananas.
You can always experiment with the type of flour you are using, so don’t be afraid to replace the all-purpose one with whole wheat, or even almond flour or coconut flour.
The same goes for the milk, whole milk or half and half, or even a non-dairy version (almond, soy, rice milk) will be just fine.
And when it comes to the banana bread add-ins, they now become pancake toppings. Nuts, fruits, seeds, anything you can think of (the choices are truly limitless). And of course, a generous dose of maple syrup will be more than welcomed.
Red Velvet Cake Pancakes
This vibrant red dessert is adored precisely because of its color. So, no wonder it is served on Christmas or Valentine’s Day, because Santa and love are red J. This is a chocolate cake that gets its vibrant color with a few drops of food coloring. Although, a common practice is adding a drop or two of acidic vinegar that tends to better reveal the red anthocyanin in cocoa while at the same time keeping the cake moist, and fluffy, this practice is not something I like keeping true to. The idea of adding vinegar to a dessert is unusual to say the least, but it all comes down to the time when food coloring wasn’t around and beetroot was used to prepare the “Devil’s food”, as it was called. Although it is red in color, beetroot bakes into a bluish hue, so adding vinegar to the baking soda, will result in a vibrant red color.
Ok, now, back on track. When preparing the red velvet pancakes, you can skip the vinegar part altogether, although you can add a few drops of lemon juice, just to pay homage to the long going tradition.
The beauty of these pancakes doesn’t lie only in their appearance, they are incredibly scrumptious, and what’s more, can always be “bettered” by adding ingredients like Nutella between pancakes in a stack, or by topping them with delicious glazes and colorful sprinkles. Yum
Carrot Cake Pancakes
Although more of a quick bread in the manner of preparation than an actual cake, this dessert is another one among the favorites. Invented by Uncle Zini in Pinecrest, Florida, this cake as the name itself implies contains carrots. Its texture is moist and soft, and that’s something no one can resist to.
The typical ingredients include baking soda, baking powder, carrots (grated), cinnamon, eggs, flour, nutmeg, sugar (white and brown), salt, and vanilla. And these ingredients translate in the pancake recipe version as well. As for the famous carrot cake glaze, when it comes to pancakes what is required is cream cheese, orange zest, and maple syrup, and of course, a hot sauté pan to prepare the glaze.
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
A cinnamon roll (also cinnamon swirl) is a snail-like pastry dessert served commonly in Northern Europe and North America and it is made out of butter, cinnamon, flour, and sugar. This breakfast staple goes hand in hand with the morning coffee or tea, and it is oftentimes served with icing or cream cheese on top.
My favorite version of the pancakes resembling this dessert includes the recipe for the plainest pancake and a cinnamon filling that consists of 4 tablespoons of unsalted melted butter, ¼ cup and additional two tablespoons of packed light brown sugar and ½ tablespoon of ground cinnamon. Of course, you should be very careful when forming the swirl itself out of the filling, making sure not to get it too close to the edge of the pancake.
As for the glaze, you will need the same amount of butter, and 2 ounces of cream cheese with sugar to taste and only half a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Extra: Oreo Cookies and Reese’s Pancakes
Although I was hesitant as to whether to classify these cookies as desserts, because they are store bought and all, in the end, I still decided to give them an honorable mention.
Preparing this pancake recipe will take you up to half an hour at the most, and the outcome will be more than worth it! If you have children, be ready for a true battle over the last pancake, my niece and nephew literally made me whip up another batch just to keep them from fighting J. With crushed Oreos in the batter itself, and more for topping and spreading in between the stack these pancakes represent an explosion of Oreo tastes, and these tastes are children’s favorite!
And how about a peanut butter explosion? The Reese’s pancake recipe is an extremely delicious change of pace from regular pancake recipes. These will be hands down your favorite pancakes ever, and all your friends and family will talk about is these pancakes. The part that is my personal favorite is the Reese’s syrup. Why you ask? Well, the recipe calls for chocolate milk, and of course Reese’s peanut butter cups, what’s there not to love? Especially if you are Reese’s crazy like I am!
Go ahead and give these new takes on pancakes a try. It will be a great way of starting your mornings, because, hey, who can ever say no to dessert for breakfast?