Saturday, 23 August 2014

Anniversary-Worthy Pancake Brunch

Hubby and I are off on a little 3-day retreat to celebrate our first wedding anniversary (hey, we lasted longer than some Kardashians, right? Hmm perhaps not the best comparison...) This morning, my plan was to make us a decadent pancake brunch in our ski-resort condo (read: limited kitchen tools available!) I had brought up pancake mix to keep things easy - just add water - along with big juicy strawberries, blueberries, and chocolate chips. Pancakes are a treat for us, so we always indulge in real Maple Syrup... The one ingredient that I forgot! Rather than spend a small fortune on "liquid gold" in the resort's General Store, I changed things up with a twist on our usual recipe... And the results were divine! 

Follow the recipe below for a brunch worthy of any special occasion - with limited resources - and enjoy with your loved ones!

Anniversary-Worthy Pancakes

  • Pancake mix or your favorite pancake recipe, prepared
  • Approx. 1 cup of Chocolate chips
  • 1 carton of strawberries
  • 1-2 pints blueberries

  1. Pour pancake batter onto a greased, non-stick skillet. Immediately after pouring on, add a small handful of chocolate chips (enough to your heart's desire!) once the edges bubble and bottom is cooked, flip only once - cook until golden brown.
  2. Once pancake is ready, flip so that the "top" (read: prettier) side is facing up on a plate
  3. Continue preparing pancakes and stacking on the storing plate.
  4. While you are cooking the pancakes, prepare your berries:  Wash your blueberries. Wash, hull, and halve your strawberries.
  5. Remove the most ripe strawberries from the bunch, and put them into a microwave-safe bowl or small Tupperware. Use a fork to mash them very finely.
  6. Once pancakes are all ready, prep your toppings: microwave "strawberry mash" for 30 seconds, stir, and heat for another 30 seconds. Alternatively, you can heat the mash in the same pan as pancakes were prepared in, on a low setting until warmed. 
  7. For an even more decadent addition, heat a handful or two of chocolate chips with a small pad of butter for 15-30 seconds in the microwave. Stir thoroughly, and repeat as needed. Heat slowly and carefully until runny. DO not over-heat, otherwise you will burn the chocolate. Another way (my preferred method for melting chocolate for drizzling) can be found here.

Create your brunch confection:
Stack pancakes on serving plate, spreading a thin layer of butter on each.
Anniversary-Worthy Pancake Brunch | WhiskCraft Blog

On top of your stack spoon half of your "strawberry mash" 
Anniversary-Worthy Pancake Brunch | WhiskCraft Blog

On top of this, arrange blueberries and strawberries with love, drizzle with chocolate, and voila! Enjoy with a warm cup of coffee and a kiss to your loved one. 


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