For Christmas, my mom gave D this pancake griddle:
I mean, really, how cute is that? Who wouldn’t have a good morning with happy, smiley pancakes on their plate?
D made pancakes this morning for the girls before I woke up (my day to sleep later – woohoo!) and they are adorable. We picked up some strawberries yesterday so I decided to make strawberry syrup to go along with my happy face pancakes. You will probably have to plan ahead for this syrup because of the unsweetened apple juice it calls for. I’ve had this recipe on my to-do list for a while now, so I already had the juice in my pantry waiting patiently.
The syrup is really good! Those pancakes look pretty happy with it, right? 🙂 Enjoy!
Fresh Berry Syrup
Yield: approximately 1 cup
1 cup fresh berries of choice, rinsed
1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1. In a blender or food processor, puree the berries with the apple juice until smooth.
2. Pour the berry mixture into a saucepan and add the cornstarch. Cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens, about 3 minutes.
3. Add the sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
4. Drizzle the syrup over ice cream, sponge or pound cake, pancakes or waffles.
Nutrition Information (from newspaper): Per serving: 19 calories (0 percent from fat), 0 gram fat (0 grams sat. fat), 5 grams carbohydrate, 0 gram protein, 0 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol, 3 mg calcium, 1 gram fiber.
Source: The Miami Herald July 19, 2001 (who cites Diabetes Forecast magazine, May 2001)
Nordic Ware Smiley Face Pancake Pan available all over the place and on Amazon too.