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Letter Pancakes with Apple Topping


This is an awesome idea for pancakes that I read in a magazine somewhere. You could make just about any shape you are capable of, but I think letters are super cute. It is a nice way to make breakfast fun for kids, or surprise a significant other and let them know you’re thinking about them.

The basic pancake batter recipe is simple, I “health-ified” it a bit with some ground flax. You could also use almond meal or whole wheat flour. Extra bits of apple and cinnamon give them a fall flavor. Then top with a homemade apple syrup for a home run.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 1 cups milk
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1/2 cup syrup


Step 1: In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients, followed by all wet ingredients except the apple and syrup. Mix well until combined. Take 1/3 cup diced apple, and microwave with 1 tbsp water for 2 minutes. Add to the batter.


Step 2: Spray a frying pan with cooking oil, and heat it to medium. Using a tablespoon, make the shape you want in your pancake and let it cook 3-5 minutes, just until bubbles start to form.


Step 3: Pour more batter over top of your shape, and cook another 3-5 minutes. Once bubbles form, flip and cook on the other side for 3-5 minutes, until golden brown. You can see I made my “J” backwards… clearly I have a graduate degree.


Step 4: Microwave the syrup with the remaining chopped apples for 4 minutes, or heat in a pan on the stove until just simmering. Pour warm syrup over pancakes and enjoy!

Breakfast Pancake Burger

Yeah, this one is definitely inspired by my adorable carnivore SO. Meat-man loves beef, pretty sure I only trump steak by a few points. Therefore, when we had a grill-out at a park with some friends and came home with some leftover burger patties, he was a happy camper.
As I often do on weekends, I woke up early, checked email and Twitter, blogged a bit, and decided what fancy thing I would make for breakfast. I love weekends because there is so much more time in the morning to make something other than pop-tarts or a smoothie. (Don’t get me wrong, I looooooove smoothies.)
I decided on pancakes. 
About this time, meat-man comes stumbling sleepily into the kitchen, and heads straight to the fridge. Upon noticing the nicely browning pancakes, and seeing the leftover picnic food, his eyes light up. I quickly made the connection too, and though it breaks so many nutrition rules, I had to admit I was curious.
Yes, I’ll let you have a pancake burger. For science.
It grosses me out personally, and makes my arteries cringe, but if the happy noises and time it took to demolish (about 15 seconds) is any evidence, it’s damn good. So if you’re feeling brave or want to make a man you know speechless with joy, have at this breakfast beast.
2 eggs, scrambled
1 burger patty
Maple syrup
1 slice of cheese
*Not counting this as a less than 5, because individual ingredients (pancake, burger) take several more ingredients to make.
Step 1: Scramble the eggs in a small bowl. Add to a hot, sprayed pan, and cook into a small patty themselves by pushing the sides into the middle with a spatula as it cooks.

Step 2: If you haven’t yet, make pancakes, at least 2.

Step 3: Make or reheat your burger patty, and place on top of one pancake.

Step 4: Cover with egg, cheese, and some syrup.

Step 5: Top with the other pancake.


This bad boy was about the size of my face.


Then when you finish it all, you can go right back to bed in a food coma. If ever I have a restaurant (le sigh) this will totally be a food challenge on my menu.


What’s your dream breakfast?