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How do I dress up pancakes?

NAtiveNewYorker Sep 23, 2007 11:06 PM

Macerate strawberries in sugar and pour over at end
Add in blueberries while cooking
Powdered sugar
Sautee bananas in butter and sugar before hand

Any other tricks?

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    KingsKetz Sep 24, 2007 03:53 AM

    Fresh fruit salad over plain or vanilla yogurt drizzled with maple syrup - I dip my cut up pieces of pancake into the mix.

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      reannd Sep 24, 2007 05:00 AM

      same idea as the bananas, but maybe with caramelized apples fanned across? are you trying to make them pretty or tasty as far as dressed up goes.

      pb+honey w.sprinkles goes a long way with the kids (or at least it worked for me, my mom used to do 'em up that way for me)

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        Ellen Sep 24, 2007 06:26 AM

        I not only add blueberries to the pancakes but I also make a hot blueberry compote instead of syrup.
        Mix in chopped apples or pears and toasted pecans or walnuts.
        Top with a warm fresh peach conserve.
        Add walnuts to the sauteed bananas.
        Macerate a varity of fresh berries in dessert wine or fruit liquer and pour over.
        Make pumpkin or ricotta cheese pancakes for a change.

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          reannd Sep 24, 2007 07:58 AM

          or savory cornmeal pancakes with green onions or chives. so good.

          i love to mix up the flours (oat, spelt, buckwheat, graham) for a special treat and make my husband guess .. :)

          1. re: reannd
            The Dairy Queen Sep 24, 2007 08:09 AM

            reannd--what do you serve as your topping with the savory pancakes--just butter and/or sour cream?

            also, do any of those freeze well so you can make them on weekends, freeze them, then pop them into the toaster oven on a frantic weekday morning?


            1. re: The Dairy Queen
              reannd Sep 24, 2007 08:27 AM


              Exactly right -- With onion I usually just eat them w.sour cream or cottage cheese. Some other white cheese (queso fresco might be good, but I've never done it at home).

              I have refrigerated & re-heated them, but not in a toaster oven b.c sometimes the stuff falls out -- usually stick to a griddle pan for a couple minutes a side. They un-sog quite well.

              Any fruity-filled one usually stays in tact in a toaster if you make sure both sides are covered, which I don't, so again - I griddle :)

              With corn pancakes I usually eat blueberry or lemon yogurt. =)

            2. re: reannd
              4Snisl Sep 24, 2007 06:55 PM

              I be the savory pancakes would be an awesome base for braised beef tips...saw this on "Feasting on Asphalt", and though I think it was just "regular" pancakes ion the show, I think this would be a nice variation!

              (Guess I've always preferred a savory breakfast to a sweet one :)

          2. erns53 Sep 24, 2007 08:14 AM

            Thinly sliced cheddar sandwiched in between two cakes so it melts.
            Rhubarb and cranberry compote on corn cakes. With yogurt.
            If it's the kind of day where I don't have to move too much... chèvre and a sunny-side-up egg.

            No matter what, the whole mess gets a light drizzle of maple syrup.

            1. menuinprogress Sep 24, 2007 09:47 AM

              At a recent breakfast (Lucile's in Boulder) I had peach pancakes with a nice twist -- raspberry-infused butter. The combination was fantastic.

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                relizabeth Sep 24, 2007 10:21 AM

                i often caramelize apples- like making a tart tatin and throw them on top of the pancakes.

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                  NAtiveNewYorker Sep 24, 2007 10:25 AM

                  Nice idea, but how do I do that? Just sauté in butter and sugar until they are soft?

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                    reannd Sep 24, 2007 01:39 PM

                    yeah, butter & brown sugar.. doesn't take long... the apples release a good section of juice on their own when they get warm, so they should be plenty saucy w.out much butter.


                2. re: menuinprogress
                  erns53 Sep 25, 2007 10:32 AM

                  I love Lucile's.

                  Once I was there and some men with nice haircuts and ties were eating next to me. One of them was trying to decide between eggs pontratrain and the pancake special (which I'm pretty sure had something to do with strawberries, mint, and sour cream). His companion said, "You know, you can get eggs pontratrain any day, but you'll never see those pancakes again."

                  He ordered the pancakes, and so did I.

                3. atheorist Sep 24, 2007 12:00 PM

                  For a syrup changeup:
                  Frozen OJ concentrate and honey. Blend to taste, serve hot.

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                    chez cherie Sep 24, 2007 03:06 PM

                    a dollop of lemon curd and handful of blue or raspberries...yum!

                    1. Snackish Sep 24, 2007 03:07 PM

                      Sounds crazy, but I love this - throw a slice of swiss cheese on top as soon as you put it on the griddle. It should sink down a little and get melty. Serve with salsa.

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                        piccola Sep 24, 2007 06:19 PM

                        Throw in trail mix
                        Top with Italian meringue
                        Serve with dried fig compote or sour cherry preserve
                        Spread with sweet chestnut purée or mix in chopped marrons glacés

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                          chocchipcookie Sep 24, 2007 06:33 PM

                          Roll them up with link sausage-pigs in a blanket baby! Top with real maple syrup. Yummmmm!

                        2. scuzzo Sep 24, 2007 06:54 PM

                          Pecans are great! I also like some cornmeal mixed in.

                          But the most fun??? Take a bit of batter in a tablespoon, and make a smiley face in the pan. Wait a minute or two, then carefully pour pancake batter over the top. The smiley face will show up in your pancake! Other designs are fun too. Flowers, letters, like a monogram, but make 'em backwards so the letter read right when you flip 'em over.

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                          1. re: scuzzo
                            reannd Sep 24, 2007 06:59 PM

                            i'm so glad you said that- that's a fun way to do it. we usually tried to make the whole pancake into shapes (mickey mouse was the easiest). i'm totally gonna try your smiley idea soon!

                          2. chef chicklet Sep 24, 2007 09:21 PM

                            just add sausage or bacon and apple to them on the first flip. Then they'll set. any fruit really at this point, add cinnamon and berries. Peaches work well too.

                            1. Emme Sep 25, 2007 12:07 AM

                              My creation this weekend... Caramelized Pear Pancakes

                              Make your favorite pancake batter, buttermilk, oat, whole wheat, graham, whatever you preference...

                              Core pears; slice horizontally making rings.

                              Heat butter in a pan, place a few rings in the pan, sprinkling with cinnamon, and allow to brown on one side and soften. Flip the rings and sprinkle each with a little brown sugar, then pour batter over each ring-start your pour in the center hole and allow the batter to puddle outward until the pears are covered with batter and circles have formed. Continue to cook as standard pancakes waiting for bubbles to form around the edges before flipping and allowing the other side to cook.

                              So yummy and pretty with a floral like appearance... pear rings cooked right in!

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                                seconds Sep 25, 2007 10:38 AM

                                I really like pumpkin pancakes. Here's the recipe I use:


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                                  TerriL Sep 25, 2007 11:07 AM

                                  Grate a fresh apple into the batter.

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