Growing up my mom always did something special for us kids on Valentine’s Day. Usually a little goodie basket and a cute valentine. We knew the evening would be my parents time together but she always made sure to do something special for us during the day. My own kids don’t really know much about Valentine’s Day yet but I know they will soon and I’d like to continue that tradition.
These pancakes are a fun way to make your family (or just someone you love) feel special on Valentine’s Day. I think kids would have a blast making their own designs too. Everyone can decorate one for someone else. The nutella designs are baked right in, so there’s no smudging before they get to the table.
This time I used a new favourite – Vanilla Soy Pancakes. They’re light and fluffy and help me use up the soy milk before it goes bad in my fridge. You could use milk + vanilla in place of the soy milk if you like, or try my other favourite pancakes made with homemade baking mix. They’re eggy, rich and buttery. It all depends on what you’re in the mood for.
Now get out there and write love letters on pancakes!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup vanilla soy milk (or milk + vanilla)
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup nutella
- 3 teaspoons soy milk (or milk)
- Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- Whisk together soy milk, oil and egg. Stir in dry ingredients just until evenly moistened (lumps are fine).
- Pre-heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Spoon in ¼ cup batter. Allow to cook until edges have set and bubbles pop on top. Flip over and cook until browned on other side. Place cooked pancakes on a plate and in an oven turned to the lowest setting. Continue with remaining batter.
- Whisk milk into nutella one teaspoon at a time until smooth and pourable. Pour into a squeeze bottle or resealable plastic bag with one corner snipped off.
- Cook pancakes according to directions but before flipping, once they are slightly set, pipe words or designs onto the pancake. Once the pancake is ready to flip, flip it over and cook until browned on the other side. Serve nutella-side up.
- Use any extra nutella to pipe messages on plates or drizzle over pancakes along with syrup.
Pancake recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.