If you’d like to make something special for that certain someone this Valentine’s Day, why not say I Love you with breakfast in bed? And if you’re going to do that, why not make sure that the meal you serve is fit for the occasion and make it heart shaped as well?
While Valentine’s Day was certainly part of the inspiration for this dish, the clincher for me was finding a set of silicone pancake molds at the local grocery. The set is made by Good Cook, but if these aren’t available at your local store, you can get a pair of Silicone Solutions Heart Pancake Molds in a 2 pack for about $10.00. (Lucky you, I only had a single mold, and it took a while to get through the process, and I like the shape of their molds better than mine. I’ll be jealous!) If you can’t get a mold, you can always simply cut a heart shape out of a finished pancake, or even make your own mold out of foil, just be sure to get it plenty-hot before using.
The really nice thing about making pancakes for a breakfast in bed is that if you have children, they can help with the occasion. Little hands are wonderful at stirring and adding ingredients to the bowl, and you’ll find that they’re quite eager to help. (This accomplishes the most difficult part of an exercise of this type. It keeps the kids from waking said significant other before the time is ripe, while teaching them some cooking skills in the process.)
Another nice point is that since you’re making your own syrup, you know exactly what’s in the breakfast or brunch you’re serving. As far as sweet toppings go, this simple fruit syrup is relatively good for you, even with the sugar, and kids will eat it up as quickly as adults. The fruit is healthy, and if it happens to be blackberry season, it’s even better with fresh picked berries.
This recipe is an adaptation of my go-to pancake recipe, found in The Betty Crocker Cookbook under breads. I use this basic recipe for just about all of my pancake creations, with additions and subtractions as needed, from ultra sweet to supremely savory. (Think beer batter pancakes with caramelized onions and sausage.)
So take a few minutes and make Valentine’s Day special, won’t you? If not, just make these as regular ol’ flapjacks and enjoy the syrup. The choice is yours, really.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 656Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 600mgCarbohydrates: 105gFiber: 4gSugar: 71gProtein: 9g
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
I think I would have simply sprinkled the chips into the batter once it was in the mold so that the distribution was a bit more even and perhaps sprinkled some powdered sugar over the plate before adding the syrup and garnish, but regardless, these are so scrumptious that I had to give you all another look!
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