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Sep 23, 2007 11:06 PM

How do I dress up pancakes?

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

    1. 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)

      1. 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.

        4 Replies
        1. re: Ellen

          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

            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


              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

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

              4 Replies
              1. re: menuinprogress

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

                1. re: relizabeth

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

                  1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                    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

                  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.