Happy National Pancake Day! Did you celebrate with pancakes this morning?
My family and I love pancakes. I try to make them as often as I can, but it is not always easy on busy week day morning. That is why I love the pancake mixes from Krusteaz. Krusteaz offers a variety of products as simple mixes where you only need to add a few simple ingredients (such as water). Krusteaz does most of the work for you. As someone who is horrible at baking, I appreciate Krusteaz mixes. My personal favorites are Gingerbread Cookies and Italian Herb Bread mixes. I have been a fan of the Krusteaz brand for many years.
Krusteaz has pre-made pancakes mixes that are so simple to use that you can make pancakes on a busy morning quickly and easily. Their pancake varieties include Buttermilk, Blueberry, Honey Wheat, Chocolate Chip and even Pumpkin Spice. Yumm!!!
I was challenged by Krusteaz and T-Fal (more on them later) to create a pancake recipe – or design some creative pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day.
I have seen on Pinterest and around the internet where people can turn pancakes into a variety of artful designs including people, places and popular television characters. I wish I was that creative.
I had the idea of creating a heart shaped pancake tinted red, made with strawberries and drizzles with Nutella on top. Our local pizza place makes a pizza dessert out of strawberries and Nutella which is out of this world. I thought it would be fun to create a pancake made from strawberries and Nutella. Since February is the month of “love” (Valentine’s Day) I thought making a heart shaped pancake would be fun.
Well… I always have great intentions… but I can’t always execute them the way I envisioned them.
I was sent two boxes of Krusteaz pancake mixes to help with my recipe. I received Buttermilk and Blueberry. I opted to use the Buttermilk for this recipe since I didn’t want the blueberries to take away from the strawberries.
For this recipe I purchased red food coloring gel to tint the pancake mix and strawberries that I washed and cut up into little chunks.
I prepared the pancake mix as directed on the package. I then removed some of the pancake mix and place it in a measuring cup where I tinted the mix red (although it turned out more pink than red). I then poured the tinted mix into a squeeze bottle.
When I see creative pancakes on the Internet they always use squeeze bottles, so I made sure to purchase one for this recipe. Sadly, the opening was a bit bigger than I thought and I had a hard time controlling the batter. As a result my heart looks a bit sloppy.
I also added the chopped up strawberries into the remaining pancake mix. Had I used the blueberry mix the blueberries and their blue/purple color would have interfered with the red color I was going for.
Initially I was going to do the entire pancake tinted red, but I thought that might be “overkill,” so I opted to make the shape of the heart in red (outline) and fill the middle with the regular, un-tinted batter. In theory it would have looked cool. My reality is that it didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. But I should at least get an “A” for effort. LOL!
To top off the pancake I wanted to drizzle some Nutella across the top. You know, like the chocolate drizzle you see on top of fancy desserts.
I guess I needed to add something to the Nutella. I warmed it up in the microwave in hopes it would get a liquid consistency, making it easy to drizzle. That never happened. When I tried to drizzle it the Nutella just came out in clumps, so I had to resort to “Plan B” (I didn’t really had a Plan B, so I had to come up with something quickly). Instead of a drizzle I just covered the inside of the heart with Nutella.
Here is my final result.
So it didn’t turn out as pretty as I had hoped, but it was as delicious as I knew it could be. I consider the recipe a success, even if the end result wasn’t the same.
Best of all this was so easy to make. I simply measured out the pancake mix for the amount of pancakes I wanted, added water, mixed in some strawberries and topped it off with Nutella. With Krusteaz mixes you can whip up delicious pancakes like this too.
In case you didn’t notice, I made my pancake creation on a T-fal Initiatives Non-Stick Fry Pan. The T-fal Initiatives Non-Stick Fry Pan has a unique heat indicator (in the center of the pan) that shows you when the pan is ready to seal in flavor and prevents burning.
I have several T-fal pans. I have never had any issues with any of them, that is why they are my “go to” pans for cooking.
- Provides an optimal, high-performance cooking experience for the expert cook
- Features T-fal’s patented ThermospotTM technology
- Soft handles provide a secure grip with a luxe feel
- Non-stick inside and out for easy cooking and cleaning
I especially love the non-stick feature. I don’t want to have to add any butter or grease to the pan because it only adds more fat and calories to the dish I am creating. I also enjoy non-stop pans because they make cleaning quick and easy. Who wants to scrub pans? No me! Most especially on a busy weekday morning (or evening too for that matter).
If you are in the market for some new pans, Target is offering 15% off on select T-fal non-stick cookware at Target stores as as as online at Target.com from Feb 27th – March 3rd. You won’t want to miss out on this great discount.
Krusteaz and T-Fal would love to see YOUR pancake creations. Share your photos on social media, tag the brands and be sure to use the hashtags #MyPancakeStyle and #TfalxPancakeDay. I would to see your creative creations too.
*I received free products in order to do my review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.