Monday, November 28, 2005

Breakfast # 8: Pancakes!


Soft griddle-fried "cakes", crispy on the edges, and drenched in syrup. A breakfast classic (please see note below). That's what pancakes are to me and I love them. Whatever version or incarnation, I enjoy these guys: thick, spongy American style flapjacks; light, thin crepes with a myriad of possible fillings; dutch pancakes; little silver dollars; Breton galettes; banana pancakes from Boracay...you name it.

I do, however, have a wee bit of trouble making them myself. They just refuse to turn out! Fortunately, the food blog universe has conspired to send me a number of pancake recipes to try. The first batch I tried out came from Nicky of the wonderful and gorgeous blog Delicious Days. You can find the recipe here. It's for Raspberry Pecan Pancakes, but I left out the raspberries and the pecans because I didn't have them, and I also wanted to try it at its basic minimal form.

The pancakes had a good combo of chewy-ness and sponge, with just a fairy touch of sweetness from the vanilla sugar (I love this ingrdient!), but not too much as the lusciousness of it all comes out when you drench these babies in their sticky-sweet coating. I used a mixture of maple syrup and my favorite stroop, after slathering on some butter.

I do seem to have a heavy mixing hand (I try to be light and graceful, but Audrey Hepburn I am not) so these possibly should have been lighter than what I turned out. Nicky (or anyone)...suggestions to this effect (or any other effect) are welcome!

Like I said, I discovered a lot of pancake recipes in food-blog-landia. So I may do a "series-within-a-series" and post all my trials and triumphs of the pancake kind here on this blog...hmmm...definitely an idea worth toying with. A pancake-marathon. Pancake-a-palooza.

Thanks Nicky for the great recipe! Will try them with pecans next time...raspberries are more of a "now-you-see-them-now-you-don't" kind of fruit here as they are imported from Australia and you can never guess when they will suddenly make an appearance.

Note: Pancakes, or some form of them, are eaten all over the world. But not all are eaten at breakfast. Please read here for more information on the wonderful world of pancakes. I love cultural diversity...it's what makes all of us so interesting to each other...and in this case, it gives me an excuse to eat pancakes at every meal (plus dessert)!

20 comments:

deborah said...

they look delicious! ill try to get my pancake recipe up over the weekend; but it sounds like you already have a few to go through.

as you already know; i love your breakfast posts ;)

Pille said...

Yummy! My mum makes thick small pancakes just like the ones on the picture! And we always have pancakes for breakfast on Sundays, with strawberry jam and cup of milky coffee (or just milk for the kids). Delicious..

Rachel said...

Have you ever tried Granola Pancakes... find a granola with almonds and honey... delicious!
Speaking of Rasberries - try French Toast with Raspberries, Bananas and Walnuts.. It is a really great breakfast especially in the summer.
Happy Blogging!

Rachel said...

I noticed what you were reading. If you like "Elizabeth the Queen" a couple other books to read that are excellent are.. "The Other Boylen Girl, Queen's Fool and the Virgins Lover" all by Philippa Gregory. The Virgins Lover is about Queen Elizabeth and Robert Dudley. The Queen's Fool is about the waiting for Elizabeth to be Queen. Great Books!

blair_mitch said...

Ooooh I love pancakes and thoroughly excited to check out the rest of your pancake adventures. : )

Mila Tan said...

Go for it chichajo! If you need taste testers for your pancake gonzo fest, don't hesitate to call! :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Saffron! Thanks! Pancake recipes are always welcome :)

Hi Pille! Your mom's pancakes sound yummy...I will try these with jam next time :)

Hi Rachel! Thanks for stopping by...granola pancakes! Another interesting version, as well as the french toast with fruits and nut :) Thanks for the book recommendations! :)

Hi Blair Mitch! Thanks! And thanks for dropping in... :)

Thanks Mila! Might have to take you up on that ;)

Lori said...

Yeah, let's have a Pancake taste test! Count me in. Joey, try the pancake recipe from Cook's Illustrated. It's the best one there is.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Lori! Thanks for the tip! Would you have the recipe's title? Check there website and there are lots :)

plum said...

Oh those look yummy! My goodforme lunch now looks very unappetising! Maybe I'll make some on the weekend

Katrina said...

I grew up eating in Pancake House at least 2 Sundays a month (my dad's a creature of habit). My usual order is the Choc. Chip Pancakes, topped with peanut butter, blueberry syrup, and two servings of their perfectly whipped butter. Peanut butter is a standard pancake topping at our home. We also love cheese mixed in the batter, especially when the cheese gets a bit burnt & crispy. I love how pancakes have infinite variations!

May I be on your Pancake Panel too? :-P

wysgal said...

They look wonderfully perfectly browned on the edges ... I suppose you do all sorts of variations on pancakes as well? My favorite would be pancakes with bananas. =)

But I've also recently read some interesting recipes for savoury pancakes (i.e. with ham, cheese and cream) so the pancakes are almost like crepes of sorts. Experimentation may have to wait for 2006 though as too many people I know are dieting this holiday season though for me to kitchen test my recipes. =)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Plum! Thanks! :) Well, pancakes do seem like a weekend breakfast thing after all :)

Hi Katrina! I LOVE pancake house...and no matter how hard I try I can never make pancakes like theirs! Pancakes do have infinite variations...all the ones you've mentioned have got me drooling! :)

Hi Wysgal! I like them with banana too, but mashed in the batter :) A favorite savoury crepe of mine would be galletes breton from Cafe Breton...with crab! It's yummy!

paz said...

I'm starved. I love pancakes. I'm going to the kitchen right now to see if I have any of the ingredients. Pancakes for me, I hope!

Paz

angelika said...

Hi Joey, thank you for this interesting post. What I can contribute are Austrian /Hungarian "palatschinken"which are thin pancakes, but mine are even much thinner than the usual Austrian version (mine are more like French crepes) and interestingly enough (and rather typically) I use a Tuscan recipe (pancakes in Italian are called crespelle) which also calls for a little olive oil in the batter. We do not have such pancakes for breakfast but enjoy them for dessert after a light meal or just a soup. Usually they are filled with jam, rolled up and dusted with icing sugar. Since you have to do this in a hurry in order to prevent that they cool down before you eat them I have invented another version, my style so-to-say, I prepare them like described and arrange them in a mold, drizzle with some melted butter and caster sugar and caramelize them in the pre-heated oven. Then the edges get crispy - mmhhh! Now I feel like blogging about them....A big hug from Vienna to Manila, angelika

ChichaJo said...

Hi Paz! Seems like pancakes in all sorts of forms are well-loved worldwide :)

Hi Angelika! Wow! That sounds delicious! Thanks for passing on those wonderful bits of information :) Please do blog about them! I'd love to see it...I'd also love to eat it, heehee :) Your version is indeed very ingenius! Hugs to all of you in Vienna from me :)

Lorraine said...

Now THAT is a breakfast I want. Looks so delicious!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Lorraine! Thanks very much :)

amateur said...

those pancakes look delicious. I have been craving them for days and may have to make some tonight after your inspiration

ChichaJo said...

Hi there Amateur! Thanks for stopping by :) I saw your pancake post on your blog...may just have to give it a try...sounds yummy!