One of the absolute best parts about Summer? Besides the warm weather, longer days, lack of snow, cool thunderstorms, and vacation for some people, there is the oft-overlooked factor of fresh produce, specifically berries. Whether you have your own berry bushes in your yard or you’re able to hit up a local farm which sells their own, nothing beats nice freshly picked berries (especially blueberries)! You can use them pretty much in anything, but a longtime favorite is in baked goods and breakfast foods. I mean, sure you can just eat them on their own, by why do that when you can put those suckas inside of a pancake? It looks and tastes super deluxe, and it will definitely be something you miss, come Winter.
Oatmeal and pancakes are two great breakfast staples. But… have you ever wondered… what would happen if you combined the two? Okay, so probably not, it’s not that exciting sounding, however it does create a really yummy pancake. We’ve experimented with oats in pancakes before and it pretty much just gives that nice, robust, oat-y flavor to the pancakes. And actually they tend to flip better when cooking since the oats bond the batter together pretty well! So not only are they tasty, but also make your life easier, if at least for the few minutes while cooking these guys.
Gingerbread men are a Christmas favorite cookie. What you may not be aware of though, is that gingerbread itself is actually a type of baked good similar to pumpkin bread. I know, right? Ginger-bread. Holy shit! But revelations aside, they taste pretty much the same as gingerbread cookies that we all know and love. If you’re aiming to capture that flavor but don’t want to make a whole tray of cookies, or an entire loaf of bread, there is one alternative: gingerbread pancakes.
Let’s talk peanut butter and jelly. We’ve all eaten it many times before, and for good reason. The PB&J sandwich is a legendary food thanks to its nutritional viability, quick prep time, and simple enjoyable flavor combination. There’s not many foods out there you can whip together in 30 seconds that will supply you with a good dose of protein, carbs, and sugar all in one go. What I’m getting at is peanut butter & jelly sandwiches rock.
But have you ever considered taking this old standby in a new, more breakfast-oriented direction? That’s where pancakes come in. Peanut butter & jelly pancakes work surprisingly well when you melt the peanut butter right into the batter, as opposed to just slapping the two condiments on between layers. When it’s cooked in like that, it actually creates a more mellow flavor since it’s now part of the cakey pancakes, but something about it is more satisfying, due to the more… ‘compound’ flavor you’re created. Don’t worry, it still tastes like peanut butter & jelly, just ever so slightly different, and awesome in its own right.
Biscuits are a great food. They can enhance your dinner, you can eat them on their own, or you can use them to make sandwiches. If you’re having a meal that has gravy, biscuits are pretty much a must in order to sop up every bit of rich, meaty goodness. One could argue that you could use dinner rolls for this as well, which is true. But the downside to dinner rolls is that they’re made using yeast, which means they need time to rise, and aren’t as easy to make. Biscuits on the other hand, are very easy to make. They use chemical leavening to rise (baking powder/soda) so there’s no downtime like there is for yeast breads. While there’s nothing wrong with using the biscuits from a can (which I admit I frequently do myself), biscuits from scratch don’t even really take that much more time, so it’s worth giving them a shot when you have a little extra time. Everyone will be super impressed with how yummy they are, and that you made them from scratch.