Thursday, September 16, 2010

Whole Wheat Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce


This week's Craving Ellie in My Belly recipe was chosen by Melissa of It's Melissa's Kitchen. Melissa picked Ellie's whole wheat pancakes with strawberry sauce. I've never successfully made pancakes. I've made macarons, but pancakes? No way. Too difficult. Too finicky.

Given that pancakes are full of refined flours, have virtually no redeeming nutritional value and are basically a delivery vehicle for maple syrup, I've never sweated not having mastered them. But Ellie's are made with part whole wheat flour, and the strawberry sauce makes it easier to rationalize having them for breakfast. When my friend Kayte tweeted me a reminder that they were the pick for this week, I still hadn't had breakfast. They were quick to make. I used strawberries I froze earlier in the summer, which I defrosted in the microwave. The sauce gets made in the food processor, and the pancakes are a dry ingredients + wet ingredients = batter recipe. I used my crepe pan instead of a skillet or griddle, and it was a little tight fitting in three at a time. But little bubbles formed on the top, just as they're supposed to, and they flipped easily and intact, a first for me!

From beginning to end, it took 20 minutes to make this recipe, which is perfect for a spur of the moment weekend breakfast. Make sure you serve your strawberry sauce warm, or it will cool off your pancakes before you can eat them. Even better, prepare the strawberry sauce the day before and heat in the microwave.

Thanks, Melissa, for a wonderful pick! I learned how to make pancakes without trauma. You can conquer your pancake fears, too. You can find the recipe here.

14 comments:

Peggy said...

I hope I can make these today. I'm behind on my ellie recipes this month what with vacation and now strep throat! Your sauce looks really good. You have inspired me. Maybe I will make them this morning for the hubster.

Beth said...

I loved your definition of pancakes as a delivery vehicle for maple syrup! So true, and yet I do enjoy them once in a while as a treat. Thanks for this healthier variation.

natalia said...

How wonderful ! I cannot believe it was your first time !! I usually mage crepes for my kids they like them more. Baci

Joanne said...

It was a super recipe.
Love the plate, it made a nice photo.
Great job!

Megan said...

I love pancakes - and making them with whole wheat flour sounds like it would make them a healthier vehicle for lots of sugary syrup!

Hanaâ said...

I like that these pancakes half some whole wheat flour in them vs being all whole wheat (hubby would never eat all W.W.). I love the strawberry sauce idea. Will have to try these (maybe this wknd if I don't have to work on Sat - crazy busy!!). I have the book, and I might join you guys in October (after the product release at work).

Torviewtoronto said...

never made pancake with whole wheat delicious

Mags said...

I'm not much for pancakes for the reasons you mentioned, but the whole wheat flour and lack of maple syrup does make these a healthy breakfast. They look delicious with the strawberries.

jillbert said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one with pancake phobia! I see so many good-looking pancakes but I'm afraid to try them. So happy to hear that you had success!

Sweet and Savory said...

I don't want to take away from the pancakes but the strawberry sauce is the star, in my opinion. I am happy you had success with the pancakes.

Bri said...

Yay, congratulations on mastering the pancake! They look perfect. You'd never know that this with your first success with them.

Michele said...

I've been looking for a whole wheat pancake recipe. These look delicious!

Kayte said...

I need to make these again soon. I love how you always just say, "Okay, I will make that!" and then proceed to get it all done in record time at the drop of a hat. It's always such fun when we bake together. That plate you have these resting on is so beautiful. Loved that sauce...the guys wanted me to make some extra to serve on ice cream, so I did and I had a bite...yum!

Ida Enbrant said...

This reminds me of a recipe I use now and then - with grated apples in it. I much recommend stirring down a couple of grated apples and some cinnamon in the batter and eat with whipped cream. <3 Lovely.