DIY Pancake Flights

April 12 2010 - 7:52 AM

Creating drinks, appetizers and even small plates to be served in flights is everywhere lately – giving you the opportunity to sample different varieties of menu favorites. After trying the pancake flight at the newly opened Orange in Lakeview, my cohort and I went home feeling motivated to try to make our very own pancake flight, from the comfort of our own kitchen.

We dug out our Egg Rings (used for making eggs perfect for an egg sandwich) and used them to make the perfect-sized pancakes. We then popped into Whole Foods to look for the perfect variety of toppings. In the end, we ended up with three different pancake combinations. The first was a pancake with just a bit of peanut butter added into the batter, topped off with another little dollop of peanut butter, and banana slices. The second was a simple pancake, topped with organic pomegranate granola and a touch of syrup. The third, and the crowd favorite, had minced lemon peel mixed into the batter, and was topped off with a strawberry basil jam. 

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The plate was decorated with a mixture of fresh berries, and garnished with a few clean lines of chocolate syrup (we needed our morning chocolate fix). All in all, it was easier to create than expected and is a great dish to whip up when you have friends or family visiting. Take things a step further and turn it into a “pancake bar” by putting bowls of a larger variety of toppings out, and allowing your guests to create their own flights.

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