Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Spiced Fruit and Nut Topped Pancakes

I love American breakfasts. Pratik and I used to be regulars at The Waffle Shop in State College, PA when we lived there. It is a great local breakfast place which offers good ambience and delicious food! Of course, there are others that I like, especially Cracker Barrel and The Blue Moon Coffeehouse. And these places are not just about their food; their most attractive features are the elegantly kept petite bottles of syrup, little packets of jam and those miniature cream and sugar bowls! And to top that comes a bubbly waitress with a full pot of hot hazelnut roast coffee in one hand and decaf in the other. Seriously, I think I can sit and eat there forever! I generally eat small portions but I really don't know what gets into me when I am at these breakfast places. I can easily finish my entire portion, steal about half of Pratik's and yet have room for a few cups of coffee! When its all said and done, I walk out craving for some more!!

Well, eating breakfast outside on any day would always be welcome (if we had the pennies!). Nevertheless, I usually like to whip up something appetizing at home. I came up with these pancakes topped with spiced pears, oranges and nuts for breakfast on Sunday. Check them out! They are too good to resist!


Ingredients:

1/2 pouch pancake mix ( I used Betty Crocker's Buttermilk Complete Pancake Mix)

For the fruit and nut topping:
1 pear, sliced
1 orange, peeled, and cut into pieces
½ tsp cinnamon
4 cardamoms
1 tbs honey
2 tbs maple syrup
4 tbs water
Toasted almonds or other nuts that you may like (coarsely chopped)

Method:

1. Prepare the pan cakes as per the instructions on the package.
2. For the fruit and nut topping, heat 4 tbs of water in a sauce pan.
3. Add the spices, honey & maple syrup. Heat until it starts to bubble.
4. Add the pears and oranges and heat for another 2 minutes on a low flame. The topping should then be ready.
5. Toast some chopped almonds in the oven at 325 F.

Serving:

Place 2 pan cakes on a plate. Pour the spiced fruit topping over them. Top with the toasted almonds.

Who said good fruit topped pancakes are available only at restaurants?

30 comments:

Komal said...

yuuuummmm....looks so good

Bharathy said...

Wow!Yummy pancakes!!Classic recipe...fine shot,Poonam..!!

Sharmi said...

hmmmm yummy looking. the fruits on top, the pics are so beautiful.

Asha said...

Looks delicious.I make Blueberry and Cinnamon pancakes.Every Sunday is pancake and hasbrown day for us!:))
I also make cream cheese amd fruit stuffed too just like IHOP!!:))

Deborah said...

These look so good!! I just had breakfast, but now I want pancakes!

Nandita said...

My first time here Poonam. Your pancakes look gorgeous and all dressed up and they are the perfect circles! My brief stay in upstate NY made me a big fan of IHOP's wholegrain pancakes - but i do love fruit toppings...will try out this one soon

Homeschooling Momma said...

These pancakes look delicious! May have to try these soon. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great day! Tonya

Poonam said...

Hello Komal, Bharathy, Sharmi, Deb & Tonya, I am glad you liked the pancakes!

Asha: I should use cream cheese sometime with these.Never tried it!

Nandita: Thanks for stopping by! I visit your blog quite often, especially for your nutri facts..I love them! If you liked IHOP, you should eat at any Cracker Barrel next time! You will fall in love..

Meeta said...

Oh yum! It's dinner time here, but I certainly would not mind a portion of that for dinner. Gorgeous Poonam!

bhags said...

Looks gorgeous...wonder what it would be like to have it

Sia said...

if the pancakes look as gorgeous as urs i wouldn't mind having them for dinner too;)

bee said...

why don't we all set up a tent in cracket barrel? i love their hot cider and teir country potatoes. love your pancake topping.

Mandira said...

the pancakes looks delicious, one of my favorite weekend breakfasts!

Anh said...

Oh lala, I have a real craving for pancake now! yours looks so lovely.

SeeC said...

Pancakes and waffles are one of my favourite. Looks yummy and TRUELY rich.

SeeC said...

BTW I have given a link to your blog from mine. Hope it is fine with you.

Priyanka said...

The pic looks so good..... its had me drooling..... I can imagine how wonderful it must have tasted... great recipe Poonam...

Vanamala said...

hi poonam
first time iam here.
looks yummy recipes

TBC said...

Poonam, that is a beautiful pic & it looks really tempting!
Just realized that you are from PA too! :-)

Dee said...

those look yum! poonam

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Nice job, Poonam! This looks delicious ! I love cardamom, so this sounds wonderful!

Dhana said...

I agree. These coming from Chez Poonam look better than in any resto!

Coffee said...

SCRUMPTIOUS!!! Truely beautiful! :)

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Pravs said...

pancakes looks delish.

Cynthia said...

Hi Poonam, thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and helping me to discover yours! I like the variety in your food.

I've added you to my feeds so that I never miss another of your posts.

Lia said...

Hi Poonam iam new in yor blog, ur pancake looks yummy :)

Raaga said...

yummy is an understatement.

katiez said...

American breakfast in a cafe...yum!
Much as I love coffee and croisant, there's nothing like a short stack.
Your pancakes look great!

citylivingcountrygirl said...

Oh my gosh! I'm glad I followed the link from chocolate and zucchini, this definitely qualifies as food porn. IHOP had better hope you never open up shop...
Thanks for the beautiful shots and great recipes.