Gazebo -- Napili Bay, Maui. What happen to the original macadamia nut pancake topping?
Does anyone know whether the original macadamia nut pancakes once sold at the Gazebo (In Napili Bay, West Maui) still exist? The macadamia nut pancakes currently sold at the Gazebo are, well not as good as the original. I think the original owner (Kimo?) was the creator of the topping that made those original pancakes so good. He had tourist bringing empty glass jars to fill on their last day on Maui just so they could look forward to one last taste of Maui once they returned home. Ever since the current owner put their hands in the kitchen the original topping of the macadamia nut pancakes has been missing (Dont you hate it when someone tries to fix something that is not broken?). The topping looked like a yellow / gold cake batter and as I recall it might have even tasted like a cake batter but with butter and shaved macadamia nuts on top. Can it be found someplace?
5315 Lower Honoapi'ilani Road (Great Breakfast or burger lunch)
(Park in the Napili Shores resort condos and walk toward the pool / beach)
Tel: (808) 669-8061
From what I was told, the mixture is a combo of Cool Whip and Maple Syrup with mac nuts shaved on top. I haven't tried making it at home yet though, so I can't say if that's the magic recipe.
I don't think they've changed ownership - I had the pancakes last year and they were the same as ever. I'll check it out again this year when I go.
I would be devistated if they changed anything!! I saw an episode of Travel Cafe with Chuck Henry in which they gave the recipe, but could not write it down at the time. I have been kicking myself around the block since then. I came across this site attempting to find a link for that particular Travel Cafe episode. One thing I can tell you is that it contained a somewhat "old fashioned" box frosting mix called "Dream Whip." It can be a little hard to find. It also contained maple syrup and if I'm not mistaken, marshmallow "fluff" (you know, the "stuff" in the jar in the baking or ice cream topping section of your market.) If I come across the info from the Travel Cafe episode, I will gladly forward it. It is one of the truly indulgent pleasures in life.
As promised, I came across the ingredients on a review and a light bulb went off. It is the "Dream Whip" (a boxed fluffy frosting), maple syrup and butterscotch. All that rings a bell, but for some reason that marshmallow "fluff" still sticks in my head. Unfortunately, there were no amounts, but hey, if you've got the ingredients, it can be worked out. LIke I said, the marshmallow still sticks in my head, so if the first three ingredients don't cut it, try adding it. The butterscotch is what really makes it. As soon as I read the review that listed the ingredients, I knew that was it.
If you will be on Oahu at all (specifically in Kailua), you should stop by Boots & Kimo's. I was told by a girl who worked there that Kimo brought his mac nut pancake recipe with him when he left the Gazebo restaurant on Maui and started up on Oahu.
Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen
131 Hekili St, Kailua, HI 96734-2866
Phone: (808) 263-7929 Hours: Tue-Fri 7am-2pm, Sat-Sun 6:30am-2:30pm
We were just in Maui in March, 2008, and the Gazebo is a "must stop". I had the macadamia nut pancakes and they are STILL absolutely fabulous. I never had them when the old owner had the place, so can't compare, but the topping made the pancakes, and it was a whipped cream base, which I'm told Dream Whip (in the box) is actually used. Boy is that hard to find! Anyway, various guesses are that it has maple syrup in it, which could be, and crushed macadamia nuts. It was sweet and flavorful and I would just love to have the recipe if anyone ever finds it.
Butterscotch Macadamia Pancake Topping
1 1.3-ounce packet Dream Whip
1/4 cup ice water
2 tablespoons butterscotch topping
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Chopped macadamia nuts
Chill mixing bowl in freezer. Remove and add contents of Dream Whip package
to chilled bowl. Add ice water, butterscotch topping, and maple syrup. Whip
on medium speed of electric mixer to mix ingredients; then increase speed
to high and beat until it is very thick and spoonable.
Spoon dollops over pancakes and sprinkle with macadamia nuts.
Yield: Enough for 6 to 8 pancakes.
Source: Jerry Corser, owner of the Gazebo restaurant in Hawaii.