There are many reasons why I love pancakes, but to mention only three:
- They are simple and easy to make
- They are flexible and give me possibilities to make them different and fun every time
- My family loves them
A few days ago, I stumbled upon Google’s Food Trend Report which categorizes foods based on popular searches. Their list of rising star foods includes turmeric, jackfruit, sourdough bread, funfetti and vegan donuts. Some of them I have tried, while the others are new for me. And since I like preparing different pancake recipes every weekend, I decided to give them a go.
I have already made funfetti pancakes and vegan pancake doughnuts so I’ll start with them. As I said, pancakes are very flexible and I like using their batter to create cakes, doughnuts, waffles, muffins…
I have prepared like a hundred funfetti pancake cakes so far as birthday breakfasts for my family. They are so easy: just prepare your standard pancake recipe and add 1/2 cup of colourful funfetti to the batter. Stack the pancakes on top of each other, top with whipped cream and some more funfetti. Stick a candle and blow.
Vegan Pancake Donuts
There is a great, simple vegan pancake recipe I love from MyGreatRecipes, that is made with whole wheat flour, coconut oil and non-dairy milk (here almond milk), amongst the other standard ingredients (without the eggs, of course). To make doughnuts, all you need to do is pour the batter into doughnut pans for frying.
Turmeric is a plant of the ginger family which grows in Southern Asia. It is very popular because of its medicinal properties: it can treat and prevent almost every disease there is, from heart disease to cancer.
Because turmeric is closest to ginger (they belong to the same plant family), I took a pancake recipe that makes use of ginger and replaced it with turmeric. I went easy on the turmeric, ½ tablespoon because I didn’t want the pancakes to taste strange. They didn’t. Like ginger and the other autumn-y spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and clove), turmeric paired well with the other ingredients in the recipe: vanilla and nuts. Which means that it will be perfect for pumpkin and carrot pancake recipes.
Jackfruit is tree originating from South and Southeast Asia. It is rich in dietary fiber and starchy. Its taste is closest to a combination of apple, mango, pineapple, and banana. Which makes it perfect for sweet treats. Add 1-2 cups diced jackfruit plus one cup unsweetened coconut flakes, both inside the batter. Add some more coconut flakes on top to produce an amazing tropical delight.
Two cups fresh sourdough starter to the pancake batter will make recipe extra fluffy and contribute a somewhat soft crumb. Tip: prepare a home-made sourdough starter with two cups flour, one packet dry yeast, two teaspoons sugar, and two cups warm water.
How easy it is to be fashionable!J