Sweetheart Pancakes with Strawberry Preserves
Pancakes with a lot of love.
There's nothing better than waking up to a home-made breakfast. The aroma of freshly-brewed coffee and baked breads are heaven to the senses. Although breakfast can be anything from an omelette to a bowl of granola, nothing makes me happier than a plate of warm pancakes.
For most modern families, pancakes are reserved for lazy weekends. Special occasions such as Valentine's Day or an anniversary calls for something with a little more love. It only takes a little effort to make breakfast special, such as these fluffy pancakes with heart-shaped strawberry preserves.
The heart shape is easy to make. I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter, but you can use anything heart-shaped you have like a home-made paper stencil. High-quality strawberry preserves with a nice red color looks best, although any red-colored preserve or jam would do. Maple syrup is optional as the combination of preserves and powdered sugar is sweet enough for most people.
Photo credit-Shinichi Mine
- Prep time: 5 min
- Cook time: 15 min
- Ready in: 20 min
- Yields: 6-8 servings
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- Strawberry preserves
- Powdered sugar
- Fresh berries such as strawberries and blueberries.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large bowl.
- Make a well in the center of the mixture.
- Add milk, egg and melted butter into the well and mix until smooth.
- Heat griddle or frying pan over medium heat.
- Pour 1/4 cup batter onto the griddle or pan.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes or until bubbles form on the top and edges are slightly dry.
- Flip and cook the other side for 1 more minute.
- Sprinkle the top of the pancakes with powdered sugar.
- Place a heart-shaped cookie cutter on the top of the pancake.
- Add strawberry preserves inside the cookie cutter. Lift the cookie cutter off.
- Serve with fresh berries.
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What I love about this pancake cookbook is that it includes not only the sweet side of my favorite food, it has recipes for those that prefer savory ones. Some standouts include ginger pear, chai tea and chocolate pistachio pancakes. Savory ones include gouda potato pancakes, duck-fat pancakes and kimchi fritters! Your standard pancakes can be found as well as tips on making the perfect pancakes every single time.
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