A Fluffy Flavorful Pancake Tale-
What a fun title for a blog post , right? “A Tale of Fluffy and Flavorful Pancakes and a Tovolo.”Is the whole post title. We can thank my sweet bloggy friend Suzanne from Simply Suzannes for the title and the post today. Have you been to Suzanne’s blog? She shares her favorite recipes, lovely photographs and entertaining adventures all while being a wife and a mommy of four children. I am happy to say she is a regular at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop too and she is my very special guest today ♥
I’m thrilled that Katherine asked me to be a guest on her beautiful blog. I love the warm and supportive blogging community I’ve come to know, and Katherine is one of those special Ladies.
If you’ve visited my blog, then you know that I love celebrating family through traditions and simple and delicious food.
February is a fun-filled month in our home.
We celebrate 3 of our 4 children’s birthdays in February. It’s a month of celebrations and time-honored traditions.
One of our traditions is celebrating our special day with pancakes. Not just any ol’ pancakes though. These are made from scratch . . . are fluffy and buttery . . . and, oh so good!
I make pancakes every Sunday, and for ease, I use our favorite pancake mix; BUT on special occasions, like birthdays, I make them from SCRATCH . . . and this is my go to recipe every time. It yields light and fluffy and buttery pancakes . . . YUM!
There are a few things that make them special.
To start, I add cinnamon and vanilla to the batter for extra flavor. Melted butter is also added, which gives them their savory buttery goodness. And finally, I use my Tovolo to make these delicious pancakes extraordinary. I’ll tell you more about it later!
back to the pancakes . . .
The texture of pancakes is just as important as their flavor, so I take my time when preparing this batter. I learned that the longer I let the milk and vinegar mixture sit . . . and the longer I let the final pancake batter mixture sit . . . the lighter and fluffier the pancakes. I actually prefer to let both mixtures sit for at least 15 to 20, separately.
I know, it might seem like a lot of time, but while the milk and vinegar mixture is maturing . . . I prep the dry mixture . . . and before you know it, the batter is done.
And while the pancake batter sits and matures, I set the table, warm the maple syrup, cut berries, and pour the juice . . . that way, all the ‘behind the scenes’ work is done and we can sit down and enjoy fresh, HOT pancakes. They taste best that way, don’t you agree!?
and what is a Tovolo, you ask?
Well, on special occasions, like Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, and – of course – birthdays I use one. It’s a pancake pen! Have you heard of it?
It’s a unique squeeze bottle that makes it easy to draw letters, numbers, and simple pictures . . . and turns an every day pancake breakfast into a special occasion. I saw it on America’s Test Kitchen a few years ago, and had to buy one. So happy that I did! I used it to make a number 6 (and polka dots and hearts) for our oldest daughter’s birthday last week . . . and big hearts for Valentine’s Day.
Along with delicious and pretty pancakes made from scratch, I always keep colorful paper straws, pretty napkins, and an assortment of sprinkles on hand. They’re little additions that can make a humble treat (like pancakes) feel extra special, especially when we’re celebrating a birthday.
Thank you, Katherine and friends of Katherine’s Corner, for inviting me over. I enjoyed this opportunity to share one of my favorite recipes and a few simple ideas that can make an ordinary pancake breakfast . . . extraordinary. Have a great week!
I hope you come by and visit. You’re always welcome! Suzanne
Oh my goodness Suzanne, you took pancakes and made them extra special. Thank you for sharing with us today. 🙂
Do you have a Tovolo? Doesn’t this post make you hungry for pancakes?
See you at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop tomorrow night. Remember you can start linking up at 8pm (MST) .