Stepping up our pancake game
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and there’s nothing that makes me happier than baking for my loved ones. Breakfast or brunch is the best way to start V-day, don’t you agree? Who doesn’t like pancakes for breakfast? Now, wouldn’t you be impressed if you were served not only marbled pancakes but marbled strawberry pancakes? I know I would.
One of my favourite Valentine’s Day Recipes
There’s tons of fancy and creative ways to do marbled pancakes. You can combine two flavoured batters creating stripes when cutting through each pancake like this recipe from Cafe Delites or put your batter on the griddle and add some drips of food colouring like the recipe on Life With Moore Babies‘ blog.
I decided to mix the strawberries directly in my batter because I didn’t want this to be all about food colouring. I love bitting into a pancake and taste the real fruits, there’s nothing that beats that flavour.
Ingredients (Serves 4)
3/4 cup milk (I used Almond milk)
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 diced strawberries
1/2 vanilla extract
1/2 strawberry extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
Red or Pink food colouring
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
toothpick (or knife)
2 tablespoons butter, melted (Can be replaced with vegetable oil)
Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to “sour”.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into “soured” milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
Add the vanilla and strawberry extract, and the diced strawberries into the batter.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, immediately add a drop of food colouring and do swirls with a toothpick. The food colouring I used is highly pigmented, depending of how intense you want your marbles, be careful when adding the food colouring drops. A little goes a long way.
Cook pancake until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until lightly browned on the other side. You don’t want your pancakes to be too dark – you’ll miss the purpose of the marbled strawberry pancakes!
While you’re at it, check out more Valentine’s Day recipes from food bloggers all around the world!
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