Pancakes are great. Breakfast or dinner, it doesn’t matter. If your pancakes need an update, try these additions. Any basic pancake batter will work. Just stir in the additions or sprinkle them on as they cook for custom made pancakes. Warning: experimenting with pancakes is addictive and fun. Be careful when adding liquids. Too much liquid will give you runny pancakes. Drain all fruits well.
Mix in mini-chocolate chips. These are great for dessert. Instead of syrup, add hot fudge or whipped cream for a truly decadent treat.
Melt 2 tbs. of butter in a small skillet. Add about ½ c. chopped pecans. Sauté for 3-5 minutes. Add a splash of vanilla. Give a stir. Add to the pancake batter. Serve with real maple syrup.
Any berry will work. Taste them first to see how sweet they are. You may need to add a sprinkle of extra sugar. Sprinkle them on the pancakes as they are cooking. You can also add them to the batter, about ½ – 1 cup of berries to a recipe of pancake batter. If you like add 1 tsp. of lemon peel. Berries and lemon are a great combination.
I love anything with cranberries. These need to be chopped before using. Extra sugar also has to be added. Add about 1/8 – ¼ c of extra sugar. Serve with a smear of orange marmalade.
Chop and apple into small pieces. Heat a small skillet with butter ( 2 tbs.). Sauté apples and vanilla for 3 -5 minutes. Just long enough for the apples to soften. Sprinkle with apple pie spice and add to the pancake batter.
To the basic pancake mix add 1 shredded carrot, a handful of raisins, and a sprinkle of apple pie spice. Stir well. Cook like regular pancakes. Serve with a smear of cream cheese.
Toast ¼ c. oatmeal in a very hot pan. It takes 5 -7 mins. Be careful to stir and not to burn the oatmeal. When adding sugar for the pancake batter, substitute half of the sugar for dark brown sugar. Serve with honey.
Melt ¼ c. of peanut butter and mix into the pancake batter. After you pour the pancakes onto the griddle, add sliced bananas. Serve with syrup.
Not all pancakes are sweet. Here are a few mix-ins that turn pancakes into a night time meal. For most pancake recipes, you can just eliminate the sugar all together.
To the pancake mix, minus the sugar, add ¼ c. of chopped green onions, ½ c. drained corn kernels, a handful of drained black beans, and 1 Tbs. Of chili powder. Cook a little longer. These are denser due to all the goodies. You can substitute part of the flour for cornmeal. Serve with sour cream and salsa.
These are great on a night you don’t want to cook. Again leave out the sugar. Part of the flour can be substituted for cornmeal. Add ½ cup of cooked, chopped chicken, and chopped green onions to the mix. Sprinkle in a dash of salt and pepper. A dash of nutmeg is also good. Again these take a little longer to cook, but they are so good. Serve plain or with a little butter.
Everyone loves bacon. Cook 3- 4 strips of bacon. Add ½ of a small, chopped onion and sauté with the bacon. Drain well. Chop bacon into smaller pieces. Add to the pancake batter, without the sugar. Add a handful of shredded cheese. Serve plain.
Pancakes are basically sweet, flat bread. You are only limited by your imagination and the contents of your refrigerator. These are perfect for evenings when you are tired and don’t want to cook a large meal. Give it a try.