Dressing up boxed pancake mixes

Pancakes March 4 is National Pancake Day, coinciding with Fat Tuesday, and at Cilantro, celebrated by serving up pancakes of as many flavors as we could think of. Pancakes are simple to vary; for this article we're starting with a boxed pancake mix...

Pancakes
Pancakes

March 4 is National Pancake Day, coinciding with Fat Tuesday, and at Cilantro, celebrated by serving up pancakes of as many flavors as we could think of. Pancakes are simple to vary; for this article we're starting with a boxed pancake mix with simple changes. Also keep in mind these mixes offer some variety on their own; you can find whole wheat, cornmeal, and gluten-free versions.  You can also use pancake mix in a traditional waffle maker.

Generally, the instructions will require you to combine the boxed dry mix with either milk or water. Eggs and/or oil may also be required.

Add-ins: traditional add ins include blueberries, chocolate chips, and sliced bananas. Also try sliced strawberries or another favorite fruit. If you don't want to pay for fresh, frozen usually works nicely. If your mix seems watery after adding in frozen fruit, add a little extra dry mix.

Toppings: whipped cream, drizzled caramel or chocolate sauce, mascarpone cheese. Try vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit for a healthier solution.

Substitutions and suggestions:

  • for richer pancakes, substitute buttermilk for water or milk.
  • pumpkin pancakes: substitute water/milk with canned pumpkin in equal amounts and add pumpkin pie spice to taste. If you don't like thick pancakes, add 1/8th cup water to the batter.
  • apple cinnamon pancakes: add 1/4th teaspoon of cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg, and finely chopped apples and walnuts. Top with melted butter and cinnamon sugar.

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