Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday Morning Pancakes...

   With summer quickly approaching, I was inspired to make some Sunday morning pancakes with a bit of a twist. When I think of Summer, I am instantly reminded of a campfire and delicious chocolaty smores. So today's choice to make Smore's Pancakes came fairly naturally.
   These particular pancakes are by no means calorie conscience, or healthy in anyway. Since hubby was home this weekend, and since this was his weekend to celebrate Father's Day with us, we splurged a little bit. Boy are they delicious. I made the pancakes using the graham cracker component of a smore, and then made a homemade marshmallow fluff and a melted chocolate sauce to drizzle on top.

Smore's Pancakes:
(Loosely adapted from a recipe found on

1 cup all purpose flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs 
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbsp. butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 cups milk 

(1) In a medium sized mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
(2) In a second bowl combine the milk, beaten egg, and melted butter.
(3) Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
(4) Stir to combine. If the pancake batter seems to be a little thick, don't be afraid to add a little more milk, or even some water.

(5) Spray a large non-stick pan or griddle with cooking spray. Heat over medium high heat.
(6) Use 1/4 cup of the batter for each pancake. Pour out onto the griddle. Once bubbles start to appear in the tops of the pancakes, flip and continue cooking.

*Don't forget to cook up any leftover batter, and freeze the pancakes for later in the week :)

Chocolate Sauce:

1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp. peanut butter

(1) With a small pot, boil about 2 cups of water.
(2) In a metal bowl that is larger than the pot, place all above ingredients inside.
(3) Place the metal bowl on top of the pot with the boiling water. Stir continuously until the chocolate has melted and the ingredients are well combined.

*I use this exact melted chocolate "recipe" for chocolate fondue as well. It is delicious for dipping fruit, sponge cake, brownies etc...
Note: When melting chocolate, never add water.
The water will cause the melted chocolate to seize,
and begin to crumble.

Marshmallow Fluff:

2 egg whites
1 cup corn syrup
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

(1) In the bowl of a standing mixture beat together the egg whites, corn syrup, and salt on high speed for 4-5 minutes until it thickens similar to a meringue. (The mixture will start out clear, or a color similar to that of the corn syrup you use. But after beating, it will turn bright white).
(2) Next, slowly mix in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and cream of tartar on low speed. Continue mixing until all the ingredients become well incorporated.

*Making this marshmallow fluff is very similar to making homemade marshmallow's. The only difference is the fluff is missing the gelatin involved to allow the marshmallow's to set. Keep that in mind if you are ever interested in making your own homemade marshmallows. They would be light years better than those you buy from the store.
Bonne Appetite

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