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How to Make Japanese Soufflé Pancakes

How to Make Japanese Soufflé Pancakes

Forget about the saying “Flat as a pancake”. The Japanese have a pancake recipe that is incredibly light and fluffy and, most importantly, very easy to make – soufflé pancakes.

 

These hotcakes have been popularized by the Gram Café in Tokyo, a venue known for creating the famous raindrop cake and other Instagram-worthy delicacies.

It should be noted that these fluffy pancakes do take a bit more effort to make than the classic American flapjacks but they are certainly worth it!

So, what is the secret ingredient that makes them so incredibly tall and fluffy? The answer is – meringue.

There are two ways to make these pancakes – with and without the use of baking powder.

 

Making Soufflé Pancakes with Baking Powder

 

As you might know, baking powder is the ingredient that makes the batter rise and stabilizes its structure. That is why the recipe that involves baking powder is easier to make.

However, the use of baking powder produces pancakes that taste and look more like cakes and less like the original Japanese recipe. The original ones are so airy, that they literally wiggle. And that is actually one of their most interesting features. People actually make videos of these wiggly pancakes and post them on Instagram!

Making Soufflé Pancakes without Baking Powder

 

Soufflé recipes don’t call for any baking powder and that’s why the final product is much lighter. So will your soufflé flapjacks be if you discard baking powder.

In that case, the flapjacks will be somewhat eggier in taste, which is another characteristic that makes them closer to soufflés. However, once you add whipped cream and syrup on top, the egginess will be camouflaged. The original recipe is not so sweet, but feel free to add more sugar if you like.

 

Tips and Tricks to Making Perfect Soufflé Pancakes

 

Don’t start making this recipe if you hadn’t made meringues or soufflés before. It requires some experience to pull these pancakes off.

Flour. Make sure to sift the flour into the batter in order to avoid making the batter too heavy. Cake flour is the best option to use.

Eggs. Use cold egg whites to obtain a more stable meringue.

Water. Add just a bit of water to ‘steam’ the pancakes. This will help them rise better.

Make sure your electric mixer’s mixing bowl and whisk attachment are completely clean and dry. If there is any water or oil, the egg whites won’t turn into meringue.

Timing is crucial when flipping. If you flip them too soon, the pancakes will deflate.

To obtain more uniform, round shape and better height, use muffin rings to pour the batter in during cooking. Otherwise, the batter will spread. If you do decide to cook without rings, make the flapjacks smaller in diameter.

Consume the soufflé pancakes immediately after cooking. If they get cold, the texture will change and they won’t be so fluffy.

 

 

Japanese Soufflé Pancake Recipe

We offer the recipe that yields soufflé pancakes closest to the original, i.e. without the use of baking powder.

Ingredients:

  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 large eggs, egg whites and egg yolks separated
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

 

Instructions:

Mixing

In a medium bowl, combine the egg yolks, milk, butter, and vanilla. Sift in the flour, then whisk everything together until the batter is smooth.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar (Cream of tartar is the secret ingredient that stabilizes the egg whites and makes sure the soufflé doesn’t deflate).

Whip on the highest speed for about 2-3 minutes until stiff peaks form. To check if the meringue is good, turn the mixing bowl upside down. If the mixture doesn’t slide out, you’re good to go.

Scoop out one third of the meringue with a spatula and transfer to the egg yolk batter. Gently fold the meringue into the batter, starting from the bottom, until there are no white streaks. Make sure you don’t mix too hard because the meringue will lose its structure.

Add in another third of the meringue and fold in. Repeat with the last third.

 

Cooking

Place two muffin ring molds onto a large skillet. Spray their insides with cooking spray.

Heat the skillet at low heat. Once the oil and skillet are hot, fill each ring with batter. The rings should be halfway full because the batter will rise.

Add 1/2 tablespoon of water to each side of the skillet. Close the lid and cook for about 4 minutes.

 

Flipping

When the surface looks completely cooked, your flapjacks are ready to flip. If properly made, they will rise very high but will slightly collapse after you remove the lid.

Use a spatula to flip the hotcakes while still in the rings. If you see batter spilling out, they’re not ready to turn. Let them cook for one more minute and try again.

After you’ve flipped the hotcakes, cover and cook for another 3 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer the pancakes onto a plate and gently remove the ring molds.

Serve warm with syrup, whipped cream, powdered sugar, fruit, or whatever your heart desires!

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!

Step by Step Guide for Making the Most Iconic Homemade Pizza

Step by Step Guide for Making the Most Iconic Homemade Pizza

Cooking every single day can be tiring. You have to plan ahead of time, you are busy, but there are hungry mouths at home that have to be fed. So, going for pizza from time to time can be a life-saver. 

If you ask me, when it comes to favorite things to eat, pizza is definitely in the top 5. Who doesn’t love a nice crust and some melted cheese all over? I know I do. Another thing I know for sure is that, no matter how full I am, I can always make room for a slice of homemade pizza.

As one of the most popular recipes in the world, pizza dates way back. Its history is filled with endless stories, legends and anecdotes. Greeks and Romans created vast variety of pizza prototypes, but it was Neapolitans who are responsible for the modern pizza we know today.

Can you guess which type of pizza was created first? It was a variant of Margherita. The tale says that Queen Margherita of Savoy asked chefs to come up with a dish for the people. It was pizzaiolo Raffaele Esposito who came up with the idea first. Way to go chef!

That classic Italian pizza recipe with green basil, white mozzarella and red tomato sauce even represents the colors of the Italian flag. If that is not Italian enough, I don’t know what is. Now let’s roll that dough, top it and put it in the oven. I can smell the pizza already.

 

Homemade Dough

The ideal homemade pizza dough would be a thin circle with a raised edge around 12 inches in diameter. But don’t worry, any other kite shaped or diamond shaped dough would taste just as tasty. Stretching the dough requires certain skills, so until you acquire those skills, just use a rolling pin.

Everyone should have a favorite dough recipe. I will share one with you which takes around 15 minutes to rise and it’s basically impossible to mess up.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 5 cups flour
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

 

Method of preparation

First mix the warm water and the yeast and let it rest for 5 minutes for the yeast to proof. Add half of the flour (2½ cups) into the proofed yeast and mix well. After that is done, add the additional flour and the salt, and knead until smooth. Cover the dough with a wrap or a towel and let it rest for up to 20 minutes.

Use the olive oil to coat the bottom of the baking sheet or the pizza pan. That being done, take the dough out of the bowl and add additional flour to remove the stickiness. The dough is now ready for stretching.

Split the dough into two equal halves, roll each very thin and place it on the baking sheet which was previously greased. Preheat the oven to 400 F and enjoy topping your dough. Each pizza should take 15-20 minutes. Most importantly, don’t forget to leave space near the edges for the crispy crust to form.

The Perfect Pizza Dough Recipe

 

Toppings

You’ve done the hard part. Now it’s time for the fun part – topping your pizza. I am sure millions of ideas and combos come to mind. What to use as a spread? What herbs should you use? What type of meat? And last but not least, what type of cheese? Cause pizza and stretching cheese are basically synonyms. Oh well, you know what I mean.

Sauce

First thing you put on a pizza dough is sauce. Tomato sauce is the most commonly used spread. There are tons of different types you can find at the store, but why not make it yourself? SImply put some canned tomatoes in a food processor, add some oil and salt, and voilà…your sauce is ready.

If you are going for a healthier option, you can use pesto. Pesto is made out of basil leaves, crushed garlic, grated parmesan cheese, nuts, salt, and olive oil. Spread it all over the dough with the back of a spoon and you are ready to continue with the other toppings.

 

Cheese

 

The star of the show is, without a doubt, the cheese. Make sure you choose the correct one. Think of the type of pie you are preparing, who is going to eat the pizza, what’s the occasion, what the people are drinking etc. The only thing to keep in mind is, make sure your cheese melts really well. Other than that, you can hardly go wrong.

The basic type is mozzarella. Used for as long as pizza is around, it can be put fresh and teared up on top of your pizza. Next, you can try gorgonzola cheese. It is very rich in flavor, so you can use way less, but get the same effect. Also, it goes great with fruit.

Ricotta is another great option since it’s low in fat but very creamy and delicious. Grated parmesan, gouda, and cheddar cheese are ideal for getting the melting effect, just to name a few. There are tons of alternatives. Just go with the flow.

 

Meat

Even though some people like their pizza without any protein on it, there are some great variations to choose from for those who want it all. Certain toppings, like sausages and meatballs, should be cooked beforehand. Others, like ham, pepperoni, or other cured meat, don’t require cooking ahead of time.

Try pastrami, bacon, prosciutto, Italian salami, or even grilled chicken. If you decide to go with the grilled chicken, make sure you use barbeque sauce on top. The two ingredients are a match made in food heaven. To give you some more ideas, I have to add seafood: smoked salmon, shrimps, anchovies, tuna… The list goes on and on. Sometimes too many options is not a good idea. I hope you managed to make up your mind.

 

Herbs, veggies, and fruit

Imagine you are having lunch. You also have salad because it’s just not the same without it. Same goes for pizza. It’s the perfect finishing touch. Fresh ingredients like these go under the cheese before baking or fresh on top after baking. There are certain combinations of protein and greens that go perfect together. Use them.

Fruit with any salty combination can be strange for someone who is not used to it. On my trip to the USA, I stayed with a Brazilian family. Once, we had sausages with pineapple for lunch. They just loved it together, but I didn’t. I just finished my lunch and helped myself with the pineapple as a dessert. But, if you are willing to try fruit on your pizza, my suggestions would be figs, apples, pears, or pineapples.

Veggies and herbs give a unique freshness to the pizza. You can go for onion rings, tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, peppers, garlic, and much more. Herbs can easily be added on top of the pizza after you take it out of the oven. Add thyme, rosemary, fresh basil, or rucola. If some of the fresh ingredients take more time to cook, precook them ahead of time. You want that pizza as quick as possible.

 

This is one of my all time favorite food topics and I really hope you will find it useful and inspiring. Feel free to share what type was a winner for you. I would love to hear all about it.

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!

Top 5 Hot Chocolate Recipes

Top 5 Hot Chocolate Recipes

Winter is ideal for the delicious treat we have for you today. As cold days approach and the temperatures drop, nothing can brighten your day like hot chocolate.

For some, chocolate may just be a simple ingredient. For me, it’s a way of life. There is an immense number of ways to enjoy this delight, but when it comes to chilly days, I always choose a steaming mug of thick and creamy hot chocolate.

I’m sure you will agree chocolate and holidays were made for each other, they are the perfect pair. This magical beverage has many different names. It is called drinking chocolate, hot cocoa, even chocolate tea in Nigeria. Today, you can find countless recipes for hot chocolate that will inspire you to make your special version at home. Here is my special selection:

1.   Traditional hot chocolate

We have to begin with the old-fashioned hot chocolate. Before we start savoring the endless list of hot chocolate recipes, let’s not forget where it all started.

In order to make the classic hot chocolate you will need some cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, coconut palm sugar, almond milk, and pure vanilla extract. If you feel like it, you can use cinnamon sticks to stir it. Yummy!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup coconut palm sugar
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 4 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Recipe details: Classic Hot Chocolate


2.  
Peppermint white hot chocolate

They say hot chocolate is like a hug from the inside. Let’s kick it up a notch and add some fire to it. You can use peppermint schnapps. Instead of using the old-fashioned dark chocolate, make this one special and use white chocolate. Stir the milk and the chopped white chocolate together and cook over medium heat. Do not bring it to a boil.

After the mixture is ready, add some vanilla and peppermint extract to enhance the peppermint flavour. To prepare others for what’s inside, use some peppermint crumbs on top of the hot chocolate. People will be pleasantly surprised by this magnificent combo.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups milk of your choice
  • 8 oz. white chocolate, chopped into small pieces (you can also use white chocolate chips)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • (optional) whipped cream, crushed peppermints or marshmallows on top

Recipe Details: Peppermint White Hot Chocolate


3.  
Hazelnut hot chocolate

The best thing about regular hot chocolate is that you can add a lot of twists to it and make your own signature. A dollop of chocolate hazelnut spread will make your taste buds dance. It basically tastes like drinking nutella.

After having prepared the hot chocolate itself, add the hazelnut spread, but only stir once or twice. You want to have that contrasty marble effect. If you are in the mood for more hazelnut crunchiness, you can add toasted hazelnuts on top of your homemade hot chocolate.

Ingredients:

  • 5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup hazelnut flavored syrup
  • 3 ⅔ cups milk
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • (optional) tiny marshmallows and finely chopped chocolate on top

Recipe details: Dreamy Hazelnut Hot Chocolate


4.  
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

If you feel like you are better suited for sunny days, I recommend you find some comfort food and drinks that will make you warm on the inside. Just like this Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate.

If you are a fan of pumpkin pie, you already know how much you’ll enjoy it. But if you’re not, I dare you to try it! It’s so smooth and creamy. Inspired by the popular Pumpkin Spice Latte, this is an amazing kids version, but can easily become adult-friendly if you add a shot of espresso. Enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • ⅓ cup hot cocoa mix
  • ¼ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • (optional) whipped cream or marshmallows

Recipe Details: Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate


5.  
S’mores Hot Chocolate

Oh come on…. Look at that! Who would resist this? If I enter a coffee shop and see this on a poster, I am buying it! It’s just irresistible. Everything you want is in that cup…or you can even use a bowl (like we do in Europe).

If you feel like it, you can make some graham cracker crumbs and dip the rim of the cup in the crumbs. Pour that deliciousness in the cup and top it with some marshmallows. Toast the marshmallows so they melt in the mouth and drizzle melted chocolate to get that s’more effect. And yes…now I have to make one at home!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup water (or sub more milk)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp light chocolate syrup
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp non-bitter stevia (or 1-2 tbsp more sugar)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Graham crackers (crushed // for lining rim)
  • ½ cup marshmallows


Recipe Details: 
S’mores Hot Chocolate

If you too, like me, cannot resist these easy-to-make hot beverages, choose your favorite and fill the house with that irresistible chocolate aroma.

 

Some fun facts about hot chocolate

  • This soothing drink was first created more than 2,500 years ago.
  • It was created by the Mayans.
  • It can be reheated.
  • Can be made with dark, semisweet, or bittersweet chocolate.
  • It has several health benefits.
  • It contains a large amount of antioxidants that may help prevent cancer.
  • People visiting Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s plantation) can sample hot chocolate made the way Jefferson preferred it.

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!

Christmas in a Cookie!

Christmas in a Cookie!

Christmas is my favorite holiday and it’s just around the corner! Ever since I was a little girl, I have longed for this day. My favorite people in one place, all that joy, coziness, carols and laughter. Let’s not forget the piles of mouth-watering food. I mean, who doesn’t love that?

Although preparations for Christmas dinner parties can be quite stressful, I see it as an opportunity to spend time with family and loved ones. Santa has his elves, so why not get a helper of your own – your partner, kids, friends – to help you in the kitchen? It is the most magical time of the year and should be spent with great people and in festive spirit.

If you are hosting a dinner party, make sure you step up your game! After all, this is the time of the year when we make the most of our cooking skills. I truly believe that Christmas treats are the icing on the cake when it comes to gatherings like these, which is why I will share some of my favorite jaw-dropping cookies that will suit everyone’s taste.

So, are you ready to serve some of that Christmas spirit on the table with these incredible cookie ideas? Here are my top five Christmas cookie ideas:

#1 Christmas gingerbread cookies

 

Gingerbread cookies are a must on Christmas! They are fun to make and delicious to eat. The fun part is that kids can help you cut them into shapes and decorate them. But why do kids go crazy over these cookies? I think it’s because they have a bit of personality. You can draw faces, outfits, and it’s a great creative outlet for kids. Make your own gingerbread village and it will definitely steal the show.

My advice is to think beyond the traditional gingerbread man cookie and be creative. The possibilities are endless. You can make different shapes, cut out edible Christmas decorations, or even build houses out of gingerbread. You can create a winter wonderland with nothing more than gingerbread, and if you do, your kids will be thrilled, I promise.

Gingerbread cookies are the perfect Christmas treats. They are moist, flavorful and will fill your house with a scent of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, whatever you decide. Be brave, experiment, add your own secret ingredient. At the end of the day, grab your hot cocoa, a blanket, a plate of your delicious cookies and enjoy the winter magic.

#2 Truffles

 

The one-and-only bite-sized indulgence. My absolute favorite. What’s not to like about truffles? They are easy to make, time efficient, inexpensive, and most important, you can prepare them ahead of time. If you have a busy December schedule but still have to feed a crowd, this is the way to go.

The name comes from a fungus called truffle. The reason why they are called the same is because of their similar shape which is rustic and misshapen. Even though they have a gourmet reputation, they are actually pretty easy to make. You only need two ingredients, chocolate and cream.

Truffles can be formed and finished in many different ways. After choosing a good-quality chocolate (around 60% cacao chocolate), chop it and pour the heated cream on top. While whisking it, you will start to get a silky and shiny mixture called ganache. The ganache is the base upon which truffles are formed.

Give the ganache enough time to cool down and then start making your truffles. The easiest way to do them is to roll them in your hand and create small heavenly bites. For decorating them, you can choose whatever comes to mind. Dip them in chocolate, roll them in cocoa powder, cover them with luster dust or sprinkle them with chocolate shavings – the list goes on and on. Hurry up, make a wonderful presentation.

#3 Peanut butter cookies

 

If you are a fan of peanut butter, these are the cookies that will satisfy your cravings for chocolate and peanut butter at the same time. The incredible thing about this is that you can use whatever you have in your pantry. There are crunchy peanut butter cookies, there are smooth ones, you can even go for a no-bake version. Simple as that.

It goes without saying that the star of these cookies is the peanut butter. So, try using creamy peanut butter instead of the natural type where the oil separates in the jar. Remember, you are aiming for perfection.

Peanut butter cookies, I believe most of you will agree, are best made soft. To make this happen, bake them only for about 10-12 minutes. After removing them from the oven, let them cool down on the baking sheet. In no time, you will have your soft peanut butter cookies. However, if you prefer crunchy cookies, let them bake for a few more minutes and you are good to go.

#4 Brownies

 

There are so many different ways of making brownies, let alone decorating them. Fluffy brownies can easily win everyone over. It is a one bowl dessert, suitable for any occasion. Are you wondering if something as delicious as a brownie can really be this easy? The answer is YES. They are so easy to make, you will think there’s something wrong with the recipe.

That being said, it is still puzzling why many people use the store box mix for brownies. You need less than 10 ingredients. What you need is some butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, cocoa powder, flour and a bit of salt. I’m sure you already have all of that at home. Just mix the right amount in a bowl, pour it in a pan and pop it into the oven.

Your brownies will be ready before you know it. You can top them with cream or berries, or glaze them with ganache. The best way to do this is to wait for them to cool down before cutting into them. The real question is, does anyone wait?

#5 Christmas sugar cookies

 

Speaking of Christmas sugar cookies, tons of ideas come to mind. Don’t you agree? They are ideal for decorating. You can shape them into countless festive symbols and top them with any frosting you decide.  There’s nothing better than a Christmas sugar cookie with a cup of hot tea.

Icing a sugar cookie is a ritual. You need piping bags and small piping tips to make it adorable. After you make sure the icing has the right consistency, outline the Christmas sugar cookies first, then fill the center and use a toothpick to spread the icing around.

Another way is to flavor them with almond extract or vanilla extract. If you like sugar more, what you can do is flatten the sugar cookies with the bottom of a sugar-coated glass. Trust me, it tastes as delicious as it sounds.

I hope you got inspired by these incredible and easy cookie ideas. Now, you have all the tips for creating the flawless sweet table for your guests. You know what they say, “Christmas isn’t a season, it’s a feeling”. Make it memorable!

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!

10 Easy and Delicious Pancake Toppings (That Are Much Better Than Pancake Syrup)

10 Easy and Delicious Pancake Toppings (That Are Much Better Than Pancake Syrup)

Over the period of my pancake obsession (which has lasted for almost a year) I’ve learned that pancakes are one of the most versatile dishes. Don’t get me wrong, classic American buttermilk pancakes are amazing, but why not use your creativity and make chocolate, pumpkin, or even lavender flapjacks?

Next step – toppings. Standard toppings include maple syrup, pancake syrup, and a pat of butter, with occasional fruit slices and maybe chocolate chips. Well, it’s time to put that behind us and think big. I offer you a bunch of quick and easy delish pancake toppings you can throw together in no time.

Prepare your favorite pancake stack and get ready to rock your pancake world!

 

#1 Lemon Curd, Mascarpone, and Almond Topping

Sweet and slightly tart combo that will wake you up instantly. These creamy griddlecakes are perfect to pair with a warm cup of coffee! Note: You can replace mascarpone with cottage cheese or ricotta.

Ingredients:

  • 3¼oz mascarpone
  • 1oz. toasted flaked almonds
  • 6 tablespoons lemon curd
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar

Preparation:

Beat the cheese and icing sugar, adding the sugar gradually, until smooth and uniform. If this is not sweet enough, add some more sugar to taste.

Spread the lemon curd over the flapjacks. Top with a dollop of the mascarpone mixture and sprinkle the almonds.

 

#2 Peach Syrup

This is the perfect summer topping! The best part about this topping is that it can be varied by just changing or adjusting the spice – you can replace cinnamon with ginger, clove, nutmeg, allspice, or make a combination of your own! Don’t have fresh peaches? Frozen ones will do just fine.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup water
  • 4 peaches
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 pinch cinnamon

Preparation:

Peel the peaches, then immerse them in boiling water for about half a minute. After that, place the bowl in cold water. Leave the peaches cool off, then remove their skins. Halve, pit, and chop the peaches (if you want a smooth sauce, puree them with a blender).

Combine the water, peaches, sugar, butter, and cinnamon in a saucepan set over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 7 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and serve with your pancakes.

 

#3 Chocolate Sauce

You’re probably wondering why everyone’s favorite pancake topping is no.3 on the list. That’s what I was wondering too, especially since this recipe is not only super-easy but also extra tasty!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 2oz. caster sugar
  • 1¼oz. cocoa powder

Preparation:

Whisk the water, sugar, and cocoa together in a small pan set over low heat. Adjust the amount of water depending on how thick you want your sauce to be. I like it dense and creamy so I use only a little water. Drizzle over your pancakes. Better yet, SPLASH!

#4 Boozy Vanilla Pancake Sauce

This is a sauce that will turn your stack of pancakes into a real dessert! You can use vanilla bean, vanilla extract, or vanilla paste in this bourbon-based recipe. And don’t worry about the alcohol content; it is quite low and most of it will evaporate so your little ones can still enjoy this delight.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon

Preparation:

Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan. Let the mixture simmer until the sugar dissolves, then cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes (it is done when the color turns amber).

Add the heavy cream and cook over medium-low heat until the sauce is completely smooth & silky. Add the butter, vanilla, and bourbon and stir until fully incorporated. Let the sauce cool before serving.

 

 #5 Peanut & Butter Sauce

What pairs best with chocolate pancakes? Peanut butter! Actually, scratch that; peanut butter tastes great with any kind of pancakes! For this simple but incredibly rich sauce, all you need is some peanut butter and honey. Your microwave will do the job in no time! Note: if you have no honey, feel free to use maple syrup.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey

Preparation:

Combine honey and peanut butter in a bowl (make sure it is microwave-safe). Heat for half a minute, then remove and stir. Return and heat for half a minute more, then stir again and serve.

 

#6 Crepe Suzette Sauce

Crepes Suzette is a French classic we can’t get enough of. However, the sauce pairs beautifully with fluffy American pancakes as well!

Ingredients:

  • Juice from 3 oranges (4 if they’re smaller)
  • Zest from 1 medium orange
  • Zest and juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoon brandy
  • 2oz. unsalted butter

 

Combine all the ingredients, except the butter in a medium bowl. Melt the butter in the pan, pour in the sauce and heat at low heat. Pour the Suzette sauce over your pancakes.

The original recipe requires flaming at this point but I think you can skip this step unless you’re skilled and confident enough you won’t set yourself or the entire house on fire!

 

#7 Apple Topping

We haven’t forgotten about fruity toppings. We love them because they are super-tasty but somehow manage to remain healthy. Apple is especially comforting and perfect for early fall days.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large apples (peeled and sliced)
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup plus apple cider
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation:

In a large saucepan, combine 1 cup of the apple cider and brown sugar. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Add the apples and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring frequently for about 10 minutes, until tender. Combine 2 more tablespoons apple cider with cornstarch in a small bowl. Add this mixture to the apples and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened. Remove from heat, add the vanilla and serve.

#8 Sugar & Cinnamon Sauce

Homemade caramel sauce made with brown sugar and complemented with cinnamon? This is exactly it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • a splash of lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Preparation:

In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar and set over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Add the lemon juice and cinnamon. Serve warm.

 

#9 Blueberry Sauce

For this sauce, you can use both fresh or frozen blueberries but I think frozen ones are more flavorful!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups blueberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ tablespoons cornstarch

Preparation:

In a small saucepan, place 1½ cups blueberries. Add sugar and water and set over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and cook until the blueberries break down.

Add the cornstarch mixed with three tablespoons of water to the pan, stirring frequently. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat, and simmer for about 3 minutes, until the sauce thickens. If you want to make it thinner, just add a bit of water. Remove the pan from heat, then stir in the remaining blueberries. You can serve this sauce warm or chilled.

 

#10 Sweet-Savory Feta & Honey Topping

Add a Greek twist to your pancakes with this sweet and savory topping. If you want it more on the sweet side, add an extra tablespoon of honey. If you don’t have thyme at hand, replace it with dill.

Ingredients:

  • 3½oz. feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme

Preparation:

Crumble the feta cheese over the flapjacks, drizzle with honey and scatter the picked thyme leaves over the top. That’s it!

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