Think back, think way back to when you were a kid – I am talking 7 or 8 years old. Weren’t parents so annoying?
“Drink your milk three times a day, eat your egg, eat your *shudder* soggy spinach and overcooked mushy peas!”
Oh, and in some classic Indian cases
Come to think of it, these are not way back memories for me at all, rather day to day occurrences. But let us get back to reminiscing…
As a child, did you not want to fling down your spoon and retort back “I don’t wanna!”?
If you didn’t, either you were one very good child or had a tastebuds of steel or were just a little weird…
I ask you now? What did you ‘wanna’?
I know I wanna-ed (actually, this is not talking past tense):
- Eat lots of warm rice and buttermilk with a touch of butter, no daal attached
- Eat mars bars as my lunch (oh my gosh, ILY mars bars forever)
- Dive into a pool of chocolate and have a fondue breakfast to ‘wake me up’ of course
- Have one day (two, three, a lifetime) where I do not have to control my urges (which even with the amount of baking + eating I do, are kept strictly under check) and pay no regard to those blasted 7 nutrients which ‘keep me healthy’ – Huh… physically maybe but mentally, I am one frustrated teen!
I reckon my dream menu back when I saw half my age and half my size would have run along the lines of chips and lollies and chocolate and more chips!
Being the sophisticated, obviously fully controlled and worldly experienced teen I am now, my menu has progressed to say fruit loops and hash browns for breakfast, maybe a packet of starburst in between, nachos and wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli for lunch, Nutella panini for afternoon snack, a wedge of mudcake with ice cream for dinner followed by a sundae. If you can possibly get any worse, please tell me now so I can adjust myself
One change I do have to make in my menu which is so blaringly obvious is my need for pancakes. Specifically the pancakes I made today for lunch since I was too hungry to be bothered for breakfast. Specifically the pancakes I would happily eat during my ‘monster bad break up/suspended/whatever problem’ day.
And now you are horribly curious as to what kind of pancakes these are no?
And obviously you know what they are now but I will still give them a name – S’mores Pancakes
S’mores – An American originated campfire treat consisting of the hot embers of a campfire melting a marshmallow and chocolate sandwiched between two digestive biscuits. Turn that into pancakes gives you (me!) 7th heaven.
I saw this recipe on the awesome blog Sweet Luvin’ In The Kitchen. One of my favourite haunts, this recipe kind of stuck out to me – and today when I was home alone (glory days), no parents telling me to eat something healthy instead of or with it, I knew it was my time to ‘do what I wanna’
And I did. With a little bit of a twist. Actually a major twist. Check them out:
- Well, for one thing I changed the name to Candy S’mores Pancakes – see, there are so many variations to the original s’more, I am sure it is acceptable in terms of pancakes too
- Why did I change the name? Because who needs chocolate, plain old chocolate!? I used a mixture of chopped up Twix, Malteser, Snickers, Galaxy Caramel and Mars Bars from my Celebrations Box
- I scattered in some of those chocolate rocks since they are never endingly gracing my baking pantry – the best thing was that the colours ran and melded together to make a light red batter!
- I used a collection of Christmas cookies we are going through right now and instead of crumbing them, I broke them up into pieces and used an extra 1/4 cup flour
- I added in vanilla essence (because I always do)
- I used a different marshmallow syrup recipe – kind of an amped up version of the original I guess
This was my take on a s’mores pancake. It was fluffy, it was fat and it was far out. I had so much and I still could have eaten more. Laziness is a virtue sometimes.
Here is my marshmallow topping recipe – made on the spot because just marshmallows (not even the fluff since it isn’t sold in Australia) and boiling water won’t cut it
For 1/4 recipe, this is more than enough sauce:
- 10-11 white chocolate squares from a Cadbury Baking Block
- 2 tbs butter
- 1/4 cup mini marshmallows (or fluff) – mine were pink and white therefore my sauce had a pretty pink tinge
- 2-3 tsp boiling water
- Place all ingredients except water in a microwave safe bowl
- Heat in 20 second intervals, mixing in between, until the butter has melted, the marshmallows are sticking to one another and the white chocolate is also completely melted (mine took first 20 seconds, then another 15)
- Pour in boiling water 1 tsp at a time, mixing in between or until the marshmallows have almost completely dissolved and the sauce is smooth
- Let sit for 5 minutes before pouring over your pancakes to serve
- Strawberry Caramel-Chocolate Encasing Meringues – These represent all the Valentines day stands for – an overwhelming amount of love which flows out after the first taste of the day
- Raspberry White Chocolate Ice Cream – Similar to a flavour from Baskin Robbins, it is named Love Potion #31 there – coincidence or flavour destiny
- Raspberry Coconut Cake w/ Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting – Initially made for a birthday, this cake is so pretty pink, it would win all hearts – just change the writing from Happy Birthday to Happy Valentines Day
- Strawberry Ice Cream – The most romantic berry of all berries, how could such a sweet dish not be put as an entry
- Strawberry Nutella Thumbprint Cookies – Small and adorable with a nibble of Nutella in the middle, these dainty pinkies are made to be served on Valentines Day