Valentine’s Day Recipe: “Be My Valentine” Pancakes

Published on December 1, 2013 By Lauren
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    Is there anything that says “I love you” more than breakfast in bed? How about breakfast in bed made with pink heart-shaped pancakes? Now that’s love!

    Of course, you don’t have to make these as a breakfast-in-bed treat. You can wait until your Valentine has had a chance to freshen up and get dressed. Because, let’s face it, breakfast before then might not be the best way to start your day.

    As ingredients go, this one is pretty simple, which is a good thing when it comes to morning meals. In addition to the usual pancakes ingredients – pancake mix and syrup – you’ll need some whipped cream and strawberries. To color the pancake batter, feel free to use beet juice instead of food coloring. The juice has a slightly sweet taste which makes it a nice addition to many recipes that call for red food coloring.

     

    Once the batter is mixed up, add one teaspoon of the beet juice and mix until you get the desired shade of pink. If you’d like the batter to be darker, just add more juice! Depending upon how much beet juice you use, you might need to a little more pancake mix to return the batter to the desired consistency.

     

    The trick when making pancakes is knowing when to flip them. After a few minutes cooking on medium heat, the pancakes will begin to bubble. When the bubbles on top burst and the edges of the uncooked side appear cooked, it’s time to flip!

     

    After your pancakes are cooked, cut them out using a heart-shaped cookie cutter. If you’ve got a steady hand (and a sharp knife), you can cut the heart shape by hand. Once your pancake hearts are cut, stack them up and top them with a dollop of whipped cream and a side of sliced strawberries. I also topped these pancakes with some grated chocolate because, well, why not?! Of course, you can go the traditional route and top them with some syrup, too!

     

     

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