Category Archives: Breakfast

Mini Pancake Bites

A little while back my younger daughter sent me a text asking me how to make pancake bites; I guess she had seen the idea somewhere in cyberspace! I googled it myself and sent her a link but didn’t bookmark it, thinking I would never make them. As it turns out, I now regularly cook for a grade school class and am always looking for quick, easy breakfast or healthy snack ideas! Now I wish I HAD bookmarked it. S’all good, I just googled “pancake bites” again and followed the basic directions at Bakerella to create my own version of YUMMY! Oh my! When I was turning them out to cool I could not help but eat at least half a dozen of them!

I really like Pancake Bites because they are easier to eat out of hand over regular mini pancakes. Go ahead, make these, and I dare you to eat just one!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancake Bites - Make Pancake Bites using your favourite Pancake Recipe.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancake Bites – Make Pancake Bites using your favourite Pancake Recipe.

Use your favourite Pancake Recipe. I used Mini Pumpkin Pancakes or:

2 cups Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
4 Tablespoons Sugar
1 1/3 cup Milk (or Almond Milk)
4 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
2 large Eggs
4 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350F.
Lightly spray 4 mini muffin tins; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar, if using.

In a small mixing bowl whisk together milk, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla and maple syrup, if using.

Add liquid ingredients, all at once, to dry ingredients and stir just until combined; a few lumps may remain.

Evenly scoop batter into prepared muffin tins up to 2/3 full.
Bake in 350F oven for 10 – 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and let rest in pans on wire racks for a few minutes.
Remove from muffin tins to cool completely or serve immediately with maple syrup, berry sauce or simply as is.

Mini Pumpkin Pancakes

What to do with all that Pumpkin created from post-Halloween Jack-o-Lanterns? Sure you could make a whole lot of pumpkin pie but that might soon have YOU looking like a rotund lil Jack-o-Lantern!

I made Pumpkin Spice Muffins last week which were quite yummy and thought, “Oh, hey, Pumpkin Spice Pancakes!”

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

1 3/4 cup Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon each: Nutmeg, Ginger, Cloves
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 large Egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
1 cup Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 Tablespoons Butter, melted

In Kitchenaid mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices and brown sugar; mix on low speed for a minute.
In small mixing bowl combine beaten egg, milk, pumpkin puree, melted butter and vanilla; pour all at once into dry ingredients.
With mixer on low speed, stir just until combined.
Spoon small dollops (I used a #3-scoop) of batter onto preheated 350F griddle and cook for 2-3 minutes, flip and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes.
Serve warm with butter, maple syrup and whipped cream or cinnamon sugar.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Late last year I came across Cinnamon Roll Pancakes at Recipe girl and immediately fell in love with the idea of morphing cinnamon rolls and pancakes together to create a super special brunch treat! I usually make a triple batch! The leftover ones are just as yummy as the fresh off the griddle ones. I would even go so far as to say they are better because the flavours have had a chance to meld and the brown sugar swirl has hardened as it cooled. Yummers!

Yes, they are a bit of work to prepare but well worth the effort. So brew yourself a cup of coffee, gather your ingredients and do it! Start by preparing the Brown Sugar/Cinnamon mixture, make the Cream Cheese Frosting and finally the Pancake Batter. Now I suppose you could cheat and use store bought Pancake mix, but why would you want to do that when whipping up Pancake Batter is so easy to do?

Alright, get ready to make Cinnamon Roll Pancakes!

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
A Scrumptious Brunch Cinnamon Roll Pancake

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Mixture:
1/4 cup Butter, melted
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

Cream Cheese Glaze:
1/4 cup Butter, softened
2 ounces Cream Cheese, slightly softened
3/4 – 1 cup Icing Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

Pancake Batter:
3 cups Flour
2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
3 Tablespoons Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla
2 1/2 – 3 cups Milk
3 large Eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup melted Butter

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Mixture:
Melt butter in small mixing bowl; add brown sugar and cinnamon and stir well to combine.
Pour the mixture into a Piping Bag or a small Ziploc Freezer Bag. (I fasten the end of my piping bag with a small clip, prop the bag in a drinking glass, fill the bag then put the whole thing into the fridge to bring the mixture back to a semi solid paste)

Cream Cheese Glaze:
In small mixing bowl cream together the softened butter and cream cheese until no lumps remain.
Add icing sugar and vanilla, stirring well.
Spoon the Cream Cheese frosting into a second Piping Bag or small Ziploc Freezer Bag. (Again, I secure the tip while I load the piping bag and leave it sit in another drinking glass until I am ready to use it)

Pancake Batter:
In medium mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar; make a well in the centre.
In large pyrex measuring cup, melt butter; add 1 cup of the milk then stir in eggs, one at a time, stirring well after each addition.
Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients, add another 1 1/2 cups milk along with the vanilla and whisk together until well combined; add enough milk to right consistency.  A few lumps may remain.

Now we are ready to cook the Pancakes!

Cooking Cin Roll Pancakes
Cooking Cin Roll Pancakes

Heat a large non stick griddle to 350F. and lightly spray with vegetable oil spray.
Scoop about 1/3 cup of batter for each pancake onto the hot griddle, lightly spreading each portion evenly.
When pancakes begin to bubble pipe the Brown Sugar/Cinnamon mixture onto each pancake and continue cooking pancakes until the bubbles begin to pop.
Carefully slide a wide spatula underneath the pancake and flip over; cook for another 2 – 3 minutes, until golden.
Flip the pancakes onto a plate.
Serve each pancake with a drizzle of cream cheese frosting.

Recipe girl tells you to wipe out the pan between batches but I don’t do that. I did it the first time I tried the recipe and found it just made a mess so I just scoop more batter onto the griddle after I remove a batch. The griddle does get messing, as does the spatula but both clean up very easily. Once finished cooking I pour a enough water to coat the griddle, stick the spatula in HOT water to melt the sugar off. Works like a charm every time! Trust me, if this did not clean up nicely, I would not make them as often as I do.

Leftover Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
A light dusting of icing sugar is nice on leftover Cinnamon Roll Pancakes.

Please do visit Recipe girl for the original recipe. She has also listed a couple of delicious variations. I definitely want to try the Gingerbread-Cinnamon Roll Pancakes around Christmas time.

Fruit and Nut Granola

I was inspired to make Granola by good friend Lisa in Hope, BC. This is how I am currently making it; really, it is whatever I have in the Pantry that determines the outcome of the Granola!

4 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Butter, melted
1/2 cup Honey
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1/4 cup Wheat Germ
1/4 cup Ground Flax Seed
*Dates, chopped
*Golden Raisins
*Dried Cranberries
*Sesame Seeds,
* Sunflower Seeds
*Dried Apricot, chopped
*Pumpkin Seeds
Preheat oven to 325F (160C)
Line Baking Trays with paper, if desired.
In large bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, wheat germ, ground flax seed and salt.
In medium bowl, combine Fruit and Nuts you will be using; set aside.
In small bowl, combine melted butter, honey, brown sugar and vanilla.
Pour honey mixture over oats mixture and combine to coat all the dry ingredients.
Pour onto prepared baking trays and spread evenly.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven, stir in Fruit and Nuts, and cook for another 10 minutes.
Stir Granola.
Continue baking for another 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and stir; continue stirring occasionally until completely cool.
Store in airtight container.

French Toast stuffed with Peaches

Peaches are in season! One of my favourite Summer fruits!

Delicious French Toast stuffed with Peaches

4 Eggs
2/3 cup Milk
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla
2 Tablespoons Sugar
Pinch of Salt

2 Fresh Peaches
1 Loaf of French Bread

Powdered Sugar to garnish

In medium mixing bowl whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla.
Add sugar and salt; set aside.

Preheat griddle to 350F.

Use a serrated knife to cut thick slices of French bread after removing end pieces.
Using a small serrated knife, cut a slice into the bottom of each slice of bread.
Wash and peel two ripe peaches; cut into thin wedges.
Stuff three slices of peach into each slice of bread.
Dip each slice of peach stuffed bread into egg mixture and place on griddle lightly sprayed with vegetable oil.
Cook for about 4 minutes, turn over and continue cooking for another four minutes.
Stand each piece of French toast on its bottom and cook for about a minute before turning it onto the top of the slice and cooking for another minute.
Remove to serving platter.
Dust with powdered sugar.
Serve with warmed Maple Syrup or Fresh Fruit and Whipped Cream.
Makes 8 slices of French Toast