Sunday Brunch Pancakes with Syrupy Goodness
Sundays are for relaxing, brunching, and loving on my pups :-) After the husband and I walked our boys this morning we decided to make pancakes. And, since I'd picked up a large bag of black cherries, I decided that a black cherry syrup would accompany them nicely.
If you're a maple syrup kinda person you can skip this first section. But, if you like a warm fruit syrup that makes your belly smile, then behold: I have the recipe for you!
Black Cherry Syrup Ingredients
1 pound (after pitting) black cherries; or other fruit of choice
1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
Black Cherry Syrup Directions
Place the fruit, water and sugar in a medium pot. Bring the ingredients to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Once the fruit is good and soft use a *stick blender* to create a smooth mixture.
Then keep boiling. And boiling. Until it reduces by about half. Basically, cook it down until it's the thickness that you like it. Ok, now take it off the flame and set it aside until your pancakes are ready. It'll stay warm enough—don't worry.
The best part about this fruit syrup is that it's super versatile! Yep! You can use this with pancakes or waffles, or ice cream, or oatmeal, or cheesecake, or, if you're fancy, mix it up with some oil and vinegar and make a fabulous salad dressing.
Ok, on to the pancakes!
This is a pretty basic recipe. The trick is in mixing the batter (or, not mixing it, in this case) and being a patient cook.
1 egg using an *egg replacer*
1 cup flour
1 Tbs sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup almond milk
2 Tbs melted butter
Whisk together the dry ingredients. Add in the wet ingredients. Mix again but just until the dry ingredients are combined. The trick is to not over mix the batter. If you do, the pancakes will not be fluffy—they'll be a big tough mess :-(
Now that your mixture is ready, get a pan warm on a medium heat and drop in a pat of butter. As it melts spread it around the pan.
Once the butter is bubbly it's time to drop the pancakes.
When the pancake gets all bubbly and the edges start to look cooked, its time to flip it.
If you have a griddle, that would be a far faster way to cook several pancakes at once. As I don't have a griddle I do them one a at a time and put them in our little oven to keep warm. Oh! If you don't have one of these *mini Breville ovens* I HIGHLY recommend getting one. It's perfect int he summer as you don't have to heat up the whole kitchen by lighting up your big oven and it gets hot enough to really cook and bake in! Seriously, it's a great investment.
Ok, back to the pancakes.
Once you have all your pancakes cooked and stacked, butter them and drizzle on your syrup. Sunday brunch is served!