Many of us are not morning people by nature, which is why on weekdays, your breakfast may just be a piece of toast or a cup of yogurt that you can quickly down on your way to work. However, the weekends give you a bit more time to slow down and enjoy a special breakfast.
This weekend, try indulging yourself with some delicious pancakes. Need some inspiration?
IHOP is famous for its cheesecake pancakes, but you don’t need to go out to have these delicious pancakes. This recipe is an easy copy-cat version that you can make and enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
1 ¼ Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 ¼ Cups Buttermilk
1 Large Egg
¼ Cup Vegetable Oil
¼ Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
⅛ Teaspoon Salt
2 Cups Frozen Chopped Cheesecake
1 ½ Cups Strawberries, sliced
2 Tablespoons Seedless Strawberry Jam
If you’re making the topping, mix together your strawberries and seedless jam and set to the side.
Mix the flour, buttermilk, egg, vegetable oil, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a blender until smooth.
Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir in the cheesecake pieces. Keep the cheesecake pieces whole.
Spray a large nonstick skillet or griddle with cooking spray and heat to medium heat.
Pour about ¼ cup of batter for each pancake. Cook each pancake for about 4 minutes, or until bubbly on top. Flip and cook until the other side is golden brown. Transfer finished pancakes to the oven to stay warm or simply on a plate. To keep it warm on a plate, I often cover it with a towel.
Serve the pancakes topped with strawberry sauce or another topping like confectioner’s sugar, whipped cream, or syrup.
Hot chocolate is a go-to beverage in the winter, but it can be so much more than that! You can take that flavor and incorporate it into your pancakes to give you a delicious and yummy breakfast.
1 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
½ Cup Hot Chocolate or Cocoa Mix
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
¼ Teaspoon Fine Salt
1 ¼ Cups Milk
4 Tablespoons Melted Unsalted Butter
2 Large Eggs
½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
¼ Cup Hot Chocolate or Cocoa Mix
To make the topping, simmer maple syrup and chocolate milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk it constantly and simmer for about 5 minutes, or until it’s thick enough to line the back of a spoon.
For the pancakes, whisk together the flour, hot chocolate mix, baking powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt in a large bowl.
Whisk together the milk, butter, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Pour this mixture into the flour mixture and gently fold to combine.
Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle to medium heat. Spray with cooking spray and pour ¼ cup of pancake batter onto the skillet/griddle. Cook until the surface of the pancake bubbles, then flip. Cook until the pancakes are dark but the pancakes are springy to the touch (about 4 minutes for the first side, and then 3 for the other).
Keep warm in the oven or on a plate and then enjoy with your hot chocolate syrup and whipped cream.
Maybe you don’t want to make a boldly flavored pancake; perhaps you want to go with a simple pancake and dress it up with creative toppings like a strawberry sauce, chocolate sauce, or fruit slices. So, here’s a recipe from Betty Crocker that’s a great base for all your creative toppings.
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Sugar
3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
¼ Teaspoon Salt
¾ Cup Milk
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil of Melted Butter
In a medium bowl, beat egg with a wire whisk until it’s fluffy. Stir in the remaining ingredients until the flour is moistened. The batter will be slightly lumpy, and that’s ok. If you want to make your pancakes thinner, add in an additional tablespoon or two.
Heat your skillet or griddle over medium/high heat. Spray the surface with cooking spray.
Pour about ¼ cup of batter onto the surface. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the top is bubbly and the edges are drying. Flip and cook the other side until it’s golden brown.
Not only can you get creative with the topping on the pancakes, but you can also add other items into the mix itself, like blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or even chocolate chips. Whichever pancake you spoil yourself with this weekend, be sure to share your success stories and some of your favorite pancake recipes with the rest of us!