Why not take some time out this Valentine's Day and make a breakfast that shows you love them. Making an easy meal such as pancakes goes a long way to show you care. What is even better is making heart shaped pancakes. Just a little spin on the traditional by free forming a heart shape when pouring the batter on the griddle.
If free forming isn't your forte, you could use a mold...or one of those handy squirt bottles for batter. They all work well and the sentiment will be appreciated.
You can even go modern and make XOXO pancakes. Too cute!
So let's talk about the batter. You can use your favorite pancake batter but, I wanted to introduce you to a new product I came across. I'm sure you've all used an 'all purpose baking mix" before. There are quite a few different brands out there. I recently came across one from one of my favorite brands, King Arthur Flour. I just love their flour (and many other items as well...) because it seems to make my baked items so much more tender and any other. So I new I had to try it.
King Arthur Flour All-Purpose Baking Mix comes in a 36oz box for $6.95. here's what they say about it.
The first all-purpose baking mix developed by the King Arthur Flour test kitchen. The fastest, easiest way ever to tender pancakes, fluffy biscuits, beautiful quick breads and coffee cakes. Made with our quality unbleached all-purpose flour, aluminum-free baking powder, and real buttermilk. Our all-purpose baking mix is a good source of calcium.
care + storage: Store cool and dry; for longer storage, freeze in an airtight container.
dietary information: Kosher.
The pancakes came out light and fluffy with a slightly tangy flavor which is from the buttermilk powder. Tasted just like homemade. I must say this is a superior all purpose baking mix to the old stand by. The mix seems very versatile and I can't wait to try the biscuits, dumplings, and shortcake recipes soon.
Hope they come out with a whole grain version too!
So remember that you can take a shortcut and make wonderful Valentine's Day pancakes that are quick and easy, tasty, and full of love.
Valentine's Day Pancakes
2 cups King Arthur All Purpose Baking Mix (or other brand)
1 cup milk
In a large bowl add the baking mix. Then add the milk and egg and stir until combined.
Preheat a griddle and use either cooking spray or butter to grease the griddle. Pour batter in heart shape and allow to cook over medium heat until small bubbles form on top. Flip over when golden brown and cook another 1-2 minutes until cooked through.
Serve with butter and heated maple syrup.