Pancakes with a Twist

18 Nov

One of my favourite breakfast foods is probably pancakes. Pancakes are no doubt a comfort food and although the classic plain pancake with a pat of butter and syrup is great, some places have re-invented pancakes by adding their own touch to them.

Many American chain restaurants such as IHOP and Denny’s have come up with unique and tasty flavors of pancakes to keep their customers coming back. Approximately a year ago, IHOP introduced the Pancake stacker that featured a layer of cheesecake filling nestled between 2 fluffy buttermilk pancakes and topped with strawberry, blueberry or cinnamon apple compote and whipped topping. Definitely not a breakfast anyone should be eating everyday, but I think it would be a nice dessert or treat to have once in a while!

Pancake Stacker with Strawberries

Currently, IHOP is offering holiday-inspired pancakes that are just in time for enjoying during the Christmas season. These limited-time pancake flavors include: Sweet Eggnog, White Chocolate Chip Mint, and Pumpkin Praline. The Sweet Eggnog pancake contains a layer of smooth eggnog cream, spicy nutmeg, cinnamon, creamy whipped topping, cinnamon sugar, and butter-rum flavored sauce. The White Chocolate Chip Mint pancakes are buttermilk pancakes are filled with white chocolate chips and topped with peppermint flakes and creamy whipped topping. The Pumpkin Praline pancake is made with real pumpkin, covered with praline glazed pecans and drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with creamy whipped topping. These sound like pretty tasty combinations and I definitely wouldn’t mind trying a bite of each! I’m drooling just thinking about them now… An interesting option that IHOP offers is the “Under 600 Calories SIMPLE&FIT Pumpkin Pancake Combo” that includes 2 pumpkin pancakes, scrambled egg substitute, and 2 strips of turkey bacon. Although still not the ideal breakfast according to health conscious people, it’s nice to see that IHOP is at least trying to provide slightly lighter/lower in calorie options for those who want them.

IHOP's Holiday Pancakes

Similar to IHOP, Denny’s has also come up with a festive pancake flavor for a limited-time called “Arthur’s Christmas Cookie pancakes” and they come as 3 small pancakes with sugar cookies baked right in, topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with bits of sugar cookies. These pancakes are served with a choice of bacon strips or sausage links, one egg cooked any way and warm syrup.

Arthur’s Christmas Cookie pancakes

Another interesting pancake variety currently on Denny’s menu is the “Red Velvet Pancake Puppies with Cream Cheese Icing”. These are bite-sized pancakes made with white chocolate chips, sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with cream cheese icing for dipping.    

Red Velvet Pancake Puppies

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One Response to “Pancakes with a Twist”

  1. Elaine Yao November 24, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    I’ve never seen the red velvet cream cheese pancakes before. I’m surprised that it isn’t a common food item already, since so many people like red velvet cake and cream cheese, and you’d imagine that they’d only be better together!

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