Years ago I hosted a pancake lunch with my friends at a small club in town to raise money for various charities. Each month, I offered a different “Flavor of the month” pancake to encourage people to come to our house! (All the clubs in town have done it and the competition was fierce!) After doing this for over 5 years, I can't even count how many concoctions I have found! I wanted to write a cookbook on pancakes, I had so many! Maybe one day. (I always have them all in writing to keep them.) But I would like to share one of people's favorites that has stood the test of time again! I released all of my specialty pancake recipes today after my husband had a terrible accident in the garage! Shit almost cut her 2 fingertips when the saw hit a knot in the board it was cutting and everything jumped and threw his hand into the saw blade! I heard the back door open and he screamed that he needed help! TOTAL PANIC MODE !!!! He came running in with a towel wrapped around his hand and I could only imagine the worst! Fortunately, he's fine, still has his fingers, and we bandaged him after he refused to go to the hospital for possible stitches. MEN! You know??!! But it broke my heart to see him suffer and I wanted to do something special to him. I really had nothing planned or the ingredients to make him some sort of dessert or anything to cheer him up. Just a few peaches and ice in the freezer, that was it. So those 2 things made me remember the pancakes I was making, and I thought of making him “mini bites of pancakes”, something he could just eat with one hand and not have to worry about having to use a lot of silverware or anything. Eating with two hands was not an option for him today! But I thought that bites of sweet pancakes, like cakes, filled with fresh peaches for him just to easily pick up and dip in hot maple syrup would be a simple and welcome treat for him! Anything to cheer him up !! So I gathered some ingredients and started while he was taking a well-deserved nap !!
The pancakes don't take much, luckily I had everything I needed on hand, including ice cream, and the last of the peaches was not lost either! I peeled and chopped the peaches, whipped the dough, picked it up in my mini muffin tins and sautéed it in the oven! (Yes! You can cook the pancake batter! 😉)
Less than 30 minutes later, pretty little bites of pancakes with peaches and cream were ready!
And easily removed from the boxes with an iced teaspoon! (They don't stick, I broke one in half so you could take a look inside. 😉)
Hopefully, you will NEVER make these dishes to comfort someone who is suffering, and just prepare them for a fun breakfast or snack! Give your loved ones an extra hug today, you never know when something terrible can happen so quickly!
MINI PEACHES AND CREAM Pancake Bites
1 cup of flour
2 c. sugar
1 Tbl. yeast
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup * real * vanilla bean ice cream, Breyer’s works extremely well, melted at room temperature
1 very large egg
1 C. vanilla
2 Tbl. vegetable oil
1 cup freshly peeled and diced peaches, 3-4 depending on size
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Take 1 cup of packaged vanilla ice cream and place in a bowl to melt at room temperature. Stir from time to time to accelerate the merger. Put aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until well blended.
In a small bowl, whisk the egg until it is mixed. Stir in melted ice cream, vanilla and vegetable oil.
Pour the wet ingredients over dry and stir with a large spoon until they are slightly moistened but very bumpy. Stir in the peaches until they are mixed, but do not stir too much. The dough should always be a little lumpy. (The lumps cook and help the dough to rise and be light and soft.)
Spray a mini muffin pan with butter cooking spray. Remove the dough with a 1/4 cup measuring cup for ease and fill the muffin cups almost to the top. You should have enough dough for 14-16 mini muffins.
Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 to 18 minutes until the tops are just golden and the edges turn dark. (Or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.)
Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack for 5 minutes. Remove with a spoon rotating on the sides to release and remove from below. Let cool on a plate by heating the syrup.
Serve with hot maple syrup for dipping and butter if desired.