Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Buttermilk Heart Pancakes

Happy Valentine's Day! I got this idea from pinterest. They had a big fancy recipe involving red velvet and buttermilk pancakes. I cheated and used food coloring. I'll explain that later. But first...a quick rant...what is the deal with red velvet? It's in like everything! Pancakes, cheesecake, muffins, cookies, etc. I'm just not a big red velvet fan and they keep tainting otherwise delicious things with it. Why now? Why the sudden craze? ...and we're back!

So, back to the recipe at hand. You can use any pancake recipe you want. I've included a recipe here since this is a recipe blog and all. Just divide the batter in half, dye one of the halves another color and then mix and match the hearts.

I loved this idea! Now I don't have to spend a bunch of time making pancakes into shapes. Just make regular circle pancakes using your favorite recipe and then cut the shape out that you want. Think of all the holidays you can cover using the same method :) Snowmen, easter bunny, turkeys, whatever! For birthdays you could cut out the child's age. So easy! Just promise that you will use this new found power for good!

Heart Pancakes
1 cup all purpose flour
1 T. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 beaten egg
1 cup buttermilk
2 T. cooking oil

To make batter: Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture and set aside. Combine egg, buttermilk and oil. Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Stir until just moistened (batter will be lumpy). Add additional buttermilk to thin batter, if desired.

To make heart pancakes: Divide batter in half and dye one of the halves your desired color. Cook pancakes over medium heat. Make sure to cook pancakes slowly so that they don't brown too much. Once pancakes are done cooking cut out hearts using a heart shaped cookie cutter. Mix and match colors to get the desired effect.

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