Monday, March 24, 2014

Tribute to the Pancake

Tribute to the Pancake
Kim @ Kids Matter
Pancakes date back as far as ancient Roman times. In the seventeenth century the Dutch used something like a griddle and a flour batter to make them.  Here in America, Aunt Jemima’s boxed pancake mix came out in 1889.  Pancakes are so celebrated that they actually have their own holiday. March 4th was National Pancake Day.
You can use a boxed mix or make them from scratch.  Pancakes are so easy to make!  My first memory of pancakes is with my dad, when I was about six years old.  I stood on a chair, up against the kitchen counter, and helped Daddy whip up some pancakes.  It is a great memory.  My husband and I use the Aunt Jemima mix and we make them at least once a month with bacon and pecans added.  
You can eat pancakes anytime; breakfast, lunch, dinner, or for a snack.  They even have them already made in the freezer section of your grocery store.   Pancakes are so loved, that some organizations have a Pancake Breakfast for a fundraiser.
Kids love pancakes.  Pancakes are very versatile; you can make faces in them, add anything you want into them, and a variety of things on top of them!  You can add chocolate chips, whipped cream, fruit, or the typical butter and syrup. Oh, and the syrups, there is every flavor you can imagine out there… strawberry, blueberry, and good ol’ maple.  Pancakes are just FUN.
Pancakes can make a rainy day, or any day better. They are a great project to do with your children or grandchildren.  Better yet, if you don’t want to make them yourself, you can always go to IHOP. That’s fun too!
Tiramisu Pancakes
3 large pancakes
1 c heavy cream
3/4 c sugar, divided
1 pkg cream cheese (8 oz.) room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c espresso, brewed
cocoa powder (for sprinkling on top)

1.     In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, 1 cup heavy cream, vanilla and 3/4 cup of sugar. Whip with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
2.     Lay 1 pancake down on a plate or in a pan and pour Espresso over top of it until pancake is moist, Spread 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture over the top of the pancake. Lay the 2nd pancake on top and pour more of the Espresso on top of that pancake then the cream cheese mixture on top. Repeat with the last pancake, making sure to use the rest of the mixture on top of the pancake. 
 3.  Put the cocoa powder into a small sieve and tap it gently over the pancake to dust the top. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Enjoy!

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