I know, I know, seeing too many sweets round here? Well, I can’t help it if it is Valentine’s Season. I just wanted to be the cool mom serving pancakes yet actually be making better-than-average pancakes.
I mean, I lurve being able to sit down with them and ask them how they like the sweet potato pancakes (serve fruit on the side if your monkeys start revolting at the site of them ON the pancakes) and seeing them look at me like ‘Dang, Momma, they have veggies but I love them anyway’. Score another one for mom!
Sweet Potato Pie Pancakes for Valentine’s Day (Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 pancakes))
3/4 unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Dash of ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup 1% milk
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1.5 cups grated sweet potato, finely chopped (about 1 large sweet potato)
1. Combine flours and next 6 ingredients in a large bowl, stir and set aside. In another large bowl, combine milk through egg and whisk well. Add the ‘wet’ mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. STOP, I know you want to keep mixing but don’t. Walk away from the bowl.
2. Come back to the bowl and fold in the grated sweet potato. Now you may go ahead and spray the big ole’ nonstick skillet with some cooking spray for good measure and heat the skillet over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup amounts in the pan in 3 or 4 places and stop again. Just watch the batter and once you see all the bubbles start popping, it is time to flip the pancake.
3. Cook the pancakes a minute or so longer, set aside and repeat. Top with some fruit and a bit of real maple syrup.
Oh, if you are wondering: Wow, she is so talented because she can free form those hearts so well guess what? I used silicone shaped molds – I poured the batter directly into them in the pan.